Hi friends! I recently did a series of IGTV episodes on NTK drinks I enjoy throughout the day. Drink number five is iced coffee! Drinking iced coffee has become such a treat. I enjoy this a few different ways, depending on the day. This particular recipe is a copycat version of the lumberjack coffee from Whole Foods. It is rather simple – a combination of iced coffee or cold brew, maple syrup for the sweetener, and milk. Because the maple syrup will sink to the bottom of the cup, it is CRUCIAL to make this in a mason jar and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE before you drink.
If you like iced coffee but caffeine gets you, you may consider making your own iced coffee with decaf coffee. I have found that pre-made decaf iced coffee is hard (if not impossible) to find. Which is why I used to make my own decaf cold brew. I wrote a whole blog post on how to make homemade cold brew and another on how I deal with caffeine. Recently, I got a mini cold brew container off amazon, and it has made this process even easier! If I can’t handle any caffeine that day but really want an iced coffee, I will use this to make my own cold brew. If you try this yourself, it is key to get COARSE GROUND coffee. I love the decaf coffee from Whole Foods.
I drink decaf coffee first thing in the AM. In this last few years I’ve discovered I can’t do caffeine pre-breakfast. I’ve found that it gives me the jitters and makes me anxious, so decaf first thing it is! Midmorning, after I have enough food in my system and I’m ready for a caffeine boost, I enjoy a caffeinated beverage. For this drink, the Starbucks medium roast iced coffee is my favorite. I also like STOK brand unsweetened black coffee. You can find both at most grocery stores. Without further ado, here’s my recipe for Lumberjack Iced Coffee.
*For the record, I enjoy the Starbucks or STOK store bought iced coffees more than my homemade cold brew, but sadly the homemade has come about for when I really want an iced coffee during naptime but can’t do the caffeine!
1.25 cup iced coffee or cold brew of your choice (I use Starbucks medium roast iced coffee)
1/4 cup milk or non-dairy milk of your choice (feel free to add more milk and less coffee if you want. There’s no exact measurement)
1 tbsp maple syrup