Vietnamese iced coffee is lush. It’s rich, ice cold, sweet and strong. Just like I like my men? No, that joke sucks, forget it.
Instead, turn your attention to this drink. This iced coffee has changed my home coffee game forever. Until now it’s been straight up black french press coffee for me, unless I’m out and about and can indulge my iced coffee dreams. Well, not any more.
Traditional Vietnamese Iced Coffee is made in a nifty little metal filter contraption, which I’m told are actually super cheap and pretty easy to locate online, or if you have a Vietnamese community in your town.
And I totally understand that coffee made in a french press is different than coffee made in one of those authentic individual drip filters. But hey, this is The Sugar Hit, and I make no promises about authenticity, only about what tastes good.
And when something begins with an oozy layer of condensed milk, you know it’s going to be good, right? Side note: pouring condensed milk is one of my favourite kitchen activities.
Straight onto that sticky-sweet foundation of goodness goes a layer of dark, strong coffee. This drink is all about contrast, so on top of the very sweet milk, you want a very strong dose of coffee.
My secret touch is a tiny pinch of cinnamon in with the coffee grounds. Cinnamon is such a Vietnamese ingredient to me, I just love it, but it’s not traditional so feel free to leave it out if you’re not a fan.
Once the coffee is in – and not too much, about a double-espresso’s worth – you fill up the glass with ice and give the whole thing a stir up. And that my friend, is going to be the drink of my summer, which is just starting down here in the southern hemisphere. It’s completely addictive and so, so refreshingly tasty. Give it a go!
- 1 tbsp dark roast coffee, per person
- 85ml (1/3 cup) freshly boiled water, per person
- 1-2 tbsp condensed milk, per person
- Ice, to serve
- Place the coffee into the bottom of your plunger and add in the water. Leave to brew for around 4 minutes, or however long you prefer.
- Pour 1 tbsp of condensed milk into the bottom of each glass.
- Slowly press down the plunger on your french press, and then pour the coffee onto the condensed milk in each glass - try not to disturb the condense milk too much.
- Add a good handful of ice to each glass, and serve!
- Let each person stir their drink and add additional condensed milk as desired.