When I was growing up my dad drank everything over ice – beer, wine,, coffee, you name it. He used a large glass stein, filled it with ice, poured over his beverage of choice and then stirred it with a long iced tea spoon.
The sound of ice being stirred around a glass, is the sound of my childhood kitchen table.
I can’t blame the guy, really. Everything is better over ice, and even better over a glass full of ice.
This morning, when I was making my Pumpkin Spiced Iced Coffee, inspired by the amazing deliciousness that is Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew (which, by the way is 13 points for a medium!), I filled my glass with ice, poured over my coffee, and topped it off with my International Delight Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Cream, and I thought to myself, as I always do when drinking or making iced coffee, I think my dad invented iced coffee.
I know, I know, it sounds crazy, but hear me out. 30 years ago, you couldn’t get iced coffee at Dunking Donuts, or the much more popular Twin Donuts in my neck of the woods. You couldn’t get iced coffee anywhere! It just wasn’t something people were drinking.
But my dad was. He’d drink it at home, at work, anywhere he could get his hands on a tall cup of ice and a hot cup of coffee.
He’s OG too, he used to get coffee from McDonald’s, when it was easily the worst chain coffee you could drink, and he’d ask for a cup of ice on the side.
Think about it, when did you first hear about iced coffee? Was it before 1990? Or the early aughts?
There you have it, my dad invented iced coffee. You’re welcome.
PS – Pay no mind to the Wikipedia article that states coffee of the chilled variety dates back to the 1800’s.
PPS – Also, this sounds amazing and I’m pretty sure Starbucks ripped it off.