Friday, 6 July 2012

Cinnamon Anise Iced Coffee

My husband and I LOVE coffee!  And for the summer nothing beats the heat like an iced coffee.  I discovered this recipe from a Company's Coming cookbook and had to try it.  I love coffee, cinnamon, and I had some star anise in my spice cupboard looking rather forlorn that it wasn't being used.  So here is a recipe that showcases anise's licorice taste, all the while complimenting the strength of the coffee and the sweetness of the cinnamon.

Sounds sofisticated and complicated eh?

Not to worry. I found star anise at my small northern town's farmer's market, alongside the beef jerky!

So don't be afraid to try this easy iced coffee. You won't regret it!

What you need:

1 and 1/2 cups of water
1/4 cup of ground coffee beans
3 tsp of sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
whipped cream for garnish
brown sugar (a coarse one is pretty) for garnish

What to do:

Measure water, ground coffee, sugar, cinnamon stick and star anise into a medium saucepan.  Stir and bring to a boil on medium-high.  Reduce heat to medium-low.  Simmer uncovered for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat.

Transfer to a small heatproof bowl.  Cover. Chill for 2 hours.  

Strain through fine sieve into another small bowl.  Discard solids. Chill for another hour or so.

Put ice into 2 "smallish" glasses. (One large one if you don't want to share). Pour in coffee. Top with whipped cream and brown sugar.  A straw would be good too.  Sip like your backyard is a Starbucks......with toys strewn everywhere and children squirting themselves with water guns....:)


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