We recently had our first cookout* of the season. It was a good turnout. Lots of families and kids and friends. Many more to come!
*I was asked, by a West Coast transplant, if “cookout” was an East Coast term. I assume it is. Maybe even just a northeast term, since I think of “barbecue” as a Southern thing involving spits and whole animals. I’ve never done that before but I’d love to. Anyway our cookouts just involve a lot of outdoor grilling, summery side dishes, beer in the cooler, homemade iced tea and lemonade, lawn chairs, kids playing in the sandbox, maybe a fire as twilight approaches, some fire-eating. You know. A cookout.
Anyway. Over the course of the summer, I’ll share with you some of my favorite and most successful cookout recipes. The ones that get raved about, asked about, or at least that I like the best.
Cold-brewed coffee is rumored to be two-thirds less acidic than hot-brewed coffee—a beautiful thing for those of us O-types with plenty of our own stomach acid.
This is a lighter-bodied coffee than what you may be used to, so you might want to add more coffee if you like a lot of coffee in your coffee.
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 cup coarsely-ground coffee beans
- Stir the coffee into the water.
- Stick it in the fridge for 12-24 hours, stirring a few times.
- Strain through cheesecloth. (I use a French press but still like to strain it for those sneaky smaller bits.)
You can use this for iced coffee or heat it up for hot.
Oh, and if you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend putting coconut milk into your coffee as a creamer. Real coconut milk, I mean (like Thai Kitchen; good price on Amazon), not those weird coconut fake-milk substitutes.
For this recipe I use black tea, but any tea or tisane will work. The Britishism is “a tea bag for every cup and one for the pot.” The same goes for this. I usually use a strong Irish tea (Barry’s Gold Blend), so if you use something else, you might consider using more tea.
- 9 or 10 tea bags
- 8 cups (1/2 gallon) of water
- Stir the tea into the water.
- Stick it in the fridge, overnight at least.
- Remove tea bags.
(Shared with Party Wave Wednesdays.)
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