For the lover of hot drinks, summer can be a daunting time when considering an appropriate beverage before 6pm G&Ts. While not the most avid of coffee drinkers myself, I far prefer the iced version to it’s warmer counterpart. In my opinion, winter is for hot chocolate.
But what if one could combine the two – the sweetly rich creaminess of hot chocolate with the potency of a strong Arabica blend? Enter Vietnamese Iced Coffee. An almost sinfully sweet combination of condensed milk and fresh-brewed coffee, this take on the classic frappuccino is darker, heavier and an ultimately richer drink than it’s Western counterparts. Extraordinarily simple to put together, this warm weather refresher doubles as a quick dessert when hosting a ramen evening.
As mentioned, I’m no coffee aficionado so instead of cold-brewing, I use hot-brewed coffee in this recipe. This also ensures that you’ll be enjoying your Vietnamese Iced Coffee that bit sooner. To make sure that the ice cubes used to keep this coffee icy don’t dilute the strong flavour, I double up on the amount of coffee beans I use. Note that you will require a French press for this recipe, but a coffee machine can also work – keeping in mind that you will need to make a litre of coffee in total.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Prep time: 10 mins / Cook time: 10 minutes / Serves: 4
You will need:
- a 385g tin of sweetened condensed milk
- 100g of roasted Arabica (or coffee of your choice) beans, freshly ground
- a litre of just-boiled water
- ice cubes
Place the coffee grounds into a French press and pour over the just-boiled water. Depending on the size of your press or coffee machine, you may have to brew in stages.
After 10 minutes or so, slowly press down the plunger to brew the coffee. Refrigerate and allow to cool for another 10 minutes before dividing between 4 tall glasses. Add a few ice blocks to each glass before pouring a little condensed milk into each, depending on your desired level of sweetness. The condensed milk will sink to the bottom of the glass and create a beautiful layered effect so serve the Vietnamese Iced Coffee unstirred but with a long spoon for your guests to mix their own.