Dunkin Donuts has a large fan base, especially for their coffee. Actually, the entire company is built on the principle of sourcing premium coffee and turning it into awesome drinks. More affordable than other coffee chains, there’s nothing like visiting your local store for a caffeinated treat. But wait, there is: making your own Dunkin Donut-inspired coffee at home.
Coffee drinks are pretty straightforward. You often need less than four ingredients to craft fantastic beverages and making them is faster than waiting in line for the folks at the store to give you your coffee.
Today we’re making one of Dunkin Donut’s favorites, the frozen coffee. Beautifully creamy, this particularly refreshing drink is popular because it’s still pretty strong, so you never feel cheated with a watered-down concoction.
To get this coffee specialty right, you’ll need powerful coffee, that’s for sure. There are several ways of doing this. You can double-brew your coffee in a percolator or you can also use a concentrated instant coffee with at least two heaping tablespoons of freeze-dried coffee. The third way of getting strong coffee is by adding two espresso shots. Finally, my favorite — using cold brew coffee.
In case you’re not familiarized with cold brew coffee, think of it as a cold coffee infusion. The only thing you need to do is mixing freshly ground coffee with water, shaking the mixture a bit and letting it sit for twenty-four hours. The result is incredible, strong coffee with little bitterness and lovely coffee flavors reminiscent of coffee berries.
Since today it’s all about finding the easiest way of getting your hands on a homemade frozen coffee, the recipe below is made with double-brew percolator coffee. Make a batch of coffee, let it cool, and make a second one using your previous coffee instead of water. Trust me; it’s a game-changer. Keep in mind this coffee is strong! So, use it for milky drinks to dilute the caffeine a bit, or else you’ll end up all jiggly and cranky.
We’re not done yet. We want a frozen coffee, not just an iced one, so we’re using a regular silicone ice cube tray to freeze our rich coffee. These dark ice cubes will give a gorgeous texture to your drink, especially when blended with milk.
PS: Decorate this drink in any way you want, I love adding whipped cream and caramel on top like in the photos. Also, if you know a friend that enjoys the hot coffee drinks at Dunkin donuts, then they would love this article.
For the double-brewed coffee, brew a pot of coffee in a regular percolator. Let it cool and brew a second batch of coffee using the previous batch as water. Let it cool and fill ice trays with the coffee. Freeze solid.
In a blender, add the coffee ice cubes (about 4), milk and sugar or your preferred sweetener. Blend until smooth.
Top with whipped cream if desired.