|Homemade Salty Vanilla Bean-Dulce de Leche Iced Coffee with Coffee Ice Cubes|
For the Cold Brew Caramel Coffee:
1lb Caramel Flavored Ground Coffee (I love The Fresh Market’s brand)
8Q Cold Water
For the Salty Vanilla Bean-Dulce de Leche Syrup:
2 Cans of Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Cans of Evaporated Milk
1-2 Vanilla Beans, Split & Scraped for Seeds
1T Vanilla Extract
Vanilla Bean Fleur de Sel (to taste or as much as you like to make a salty caramel)
For the Iced Coffee:
Prepared Cold Brew Caramel Coffee
Prepared Salty Vanilla Bean-Dulce de Leche Syrup, Chilled
Milk, Half & Half, or Heavy Cream (optional)
Homemade Coffee Ice Cubes
Vanilla Bean Fleur de Sel, For Sprinkling
1. For the Cold Brew Caramel Coffee: In a large container, mix ground coffee with water. Cover and allow it to sit at room temperature eight hours or overnight. Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set over a pitcher or other container. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. Discard grounds. Place coffee liquid in the fridge and allow it to cool. Use it as needed.
2. For the Salty Vanilla Bean-Dulce de Leche Syrup: Caramelize the sweetened condensed milk by pouring the condensed milk into a glass-baking dish. Cover with foil and place dish inside a larger poaching pan. Add water to poaching pan until half way up sides of baking dish. Bake for roughly 2-3 hours or until it has reached a deep caramel color. Using a rubber spatula, spoon this mixture into a mixing bowl. Add in the cans of evaporated milk, vanilla bean seeds, vanilla extract, and salt (to taste). Whisk until smooth and creamy. Pour the mixture into a jar or bottle and refrigerate until chilled. Shake before using.
3. To Make the Iced Coffee: Pack a glass full of coffee ice cubes. Fill glass 2/3 full with caramel coffee liquid. Add healthy splash of half & half, milk, or heavy cream. Add the Salty Vanilla Bean-Dulce de Leche syrup and stir to combine. Taste and adjust half-and-half and/or sweetened condensed milk as needed. Sprinkle with salt and enjoy immediately with a straw!