Condensed Milk Coffee – Quick and Easy

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The coffee recipe here is based on a style of coffee served in Southeast Asia. Thai coffee and Vietnamese coffee are similar, in that both are sweetened with condensed milk. Thai coffee has a generous amount of cardamom and cinnamon added to the coffee basket, along with almond extract.

When I was a boy, I would accompany my father and his friends on deer hunting trips. I remember carrying a thermos of black coffee on day trips, and we had a coffee pot and ground coffee for overnight trips.

There would also be little cans of Carnation condensed milk for the coffee. The can would be opened with a keyhole punch, a little condensed milk would be added to the coffee, and then the top of the can would be covered with aluminum foil and saved for later. I didn’t realize it, but I guess I was way ahead of the trends by drinking coffee this way.

The can would be opened with a keyhole punch, a little condensed milk would be added to the coffee, and then the top of the can would be covered with aluminum foil and saved for later. I didn’t realize it, but I guess I was way ahead of the trends by drinking coffee this way.

Condensed Milk Coffee Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 3-6 tbsp coffee
  • 1 tbsp condensed milk

Instructions

  • Brew the coffee using a French press, or a steel strainer basket of coffee for brewing a single cup. The coffee goes in the basket, and gets immersed in a cup of hot water.
    steel strainer basket
  • Fill a glass with ice. I like big ice cubes. Use an empty pudding or fruit cup container for a mold. If you are looking for something fancier, you can get silicone molds for ice spheres or cubes.
    glass filled with ice cubes
  • Pour hot coffee over ice.
    coffee over ice
  • Stir in condensed milk.
    stirring coffee with condensed milk

Other Ideas

  • Serve hot
  • Add whipped cream for a dessert drink
  • Add cinnamon
  • Add rum to make a cocktail

Accompaniments

What makes this coffee recipe unique?

Condensed milk has had about 60% of the water removed, and sugar has been added. Evaporated milk is a similar product, but it is unsweetened.

Condensed milk is thick and syrupy, and has a long shelf life if unopened. Once opened, it will keep in the fridge for at least a couple of weeks. The addition of even a small amount of condensed milk will make for a very sweet coffee.

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