I didn’t think I liked “iced coffee.” I always thought that no one REALLY liked it, but everyone just ordered it because it was the “cool” thing to do. (I have a similar theory about the Dave Matthews Band, but I will save that post for another day). I had refused to be brainwashed by Starbucks. I had principles! Drinking real coffee in the middle of the day, in the middle of July in Florida, could be the closest thing to eating fire. But the “Starbucks stereotype” couldn’t die away [how would everyone show the world they were cool during the summer if they couldn’t stage their selfies with the Starbucks logo showing?] so… ICE COFFEE IT IS for EVERYONE!
Well, at least that was my theory until our friend David handed me a “Lou’s Brew” on the night of the 4th of July. It was hot and I was dangerously close to explosives being wielded by 3 grown men who kept yelling, “HOME OF THE BRAVE!” My “iced coffee principles” were cracking.
“Can I get anyone anything? A drink? I have “Lou’s Brew”— it’s my take on an iced coffee.”
“I don’t think I will like it.”
“Just try it. It’s really good.”
“What’s in it?”
“Chilled, French-pressed coffee… and Coffee Rum.”
Needless to say it was incredible; refreshing, revitalizing, and it helped calmed my nerves as I watched my husband light a Roman Candle from the citronella candle that was on the table right in front of me.
Maybe it was the fireworks and the hypnotizing flashes of “Diamond Rain”… or maybe it was the rum, but on this 4th of July I celebrated America and my new found love of iced coffee. Thank you, David for hosting a lovely party.. and for sharing your recipe.
LOU’S BREW RECIPE
You will need chilled coffee and Coffee Rum or Coffee Liqueur. The proper cup of “Lou’s Brew” uses French Pressed Coffee and Briny Gold Shipwreck Coffee Rum.
If you have a French Press, then prepare your coffee as usual and put it in the refrigerator until it’s chilled. I don’t have a French Press, so I just brewed a regular pot of coffee and chilled it.
I couldn’t find Briny Gold so I used Cayman Reef Dark Roasted Kona Coffee Liqueur.
Combine the chilled coffee and rum using a 2:1 ratio (coffee to rum), top with whipped cream (I added that part), and serve.
It is an EASY drink to prepare that is elegant and refreshing… and powerful. It’s perfect to serve as an “digestif”; a dessert cocktail for guests at a dinner party.
I’ll probably post a selfie with one soon. 😉