Coffee Drinks

As it’s getting hotter by the day, I start thinking about coffee drinks (non-alcoholic for now!).  I had a roommate that used to stir instant coffee into a glass of milk, ice it, and drink it.  I thought it sounded horrible.  I loved coffee, but I loved it hot.  Living in Texas changes your palate, so burning hot spicy food and iced coffee sound really good to me now.

Coffee Concentrate

Kathy gave me this recipe several years ago, and it's easy and good.


  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 cup ground coffee (regular or decaf)


  1. In a jar, or some container you like, mix the water and coffee. Leave in the refrigerator at least 12 hours.
  2. Mix 1/4 cup of the coffee liquid concentrate with 1 1/2 cups water or milk. Obviously adjust the strength to your liking. Serve over ice. Or when you're feeling a little Martha Stewartish, make ice cubes out of the mixture you make, then use those.

The next recipe is from a dear friend who happened to be Vietnamese.  This is a great drink when you want to treat yourself.  This is a picture of what you need (plus water and sweetened condensed milk).





Vietnamese French Coffee

Serve this hot or cold, either way it's fabulous.


  • French Market Coffee with Chicory (Cafe Du Monde)
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Boiling water


  1. You do need special equipment pictured above. It's a Vietnamese French Style Coffee Filter, available on-line or in Asian markets (like OMart in Killeen).
  2. Place about 1 TBSP of French Market Coffee in the filter and tap the filter to even it out. Screw the "press" part of the filter on. The tighter you twist it down, the slower the drip, and the stronger the coffee. So the looser, the faster, the weaker - you get the picture.
  3. Put about 1/2 cup of condensed milk in each coffee mug. If you want to drink this hot, warm the mug with the condensed milk in it.
  4. Place the filter on top of the mug, and pour hot water in it. Put the cover on the filter. Let it drip. When it's finished stir the coffee and the condensed milk well. It almost tastes like mocha. It's absolutely delicious, and much cheaper than the coffee drinks you might be buying. If you want it cold, after you stir everything together, put it in a glass over ice.
  5. Note: You can always add more boiling water to the filter, if you want more of a coffee taste. You'll get the hang of it after a while.