Our favorite way to make iced coffee at home is using a pour-over brewer like the Chemex, Hario V60, or Kalita Wave. Pour-over iced coffee is, in our opinion, the best way to make flavorful iced coffee at home without worrying about getting watery coffee.
Pick your favorite pour-over brewer. We like to use a Hario V60, but you could use a Chemex or Kalita Wave with similar results.
Put 150 g of large ice cubes in your mug if you're using a V60 or in your Chemex if you're using one instead.
Rinse the paper filter away from the ice cubes. This can be a bit tricky to do, so be careful not to burn your hand. It's helpful to have another mug nearby to use to catch the rinse water.
Fill your brewer with 20 g of coffee.
Pour 60 g of water over the coffee. Make sure to wet all the grounds evenly. Wait for 30 seconds.
After 30 seconds, slowly pour the remaining 90 g of water over the coffee.
Give the pour-over a quick spin when you're finished pouring to unstick any grounds that might be clinging to the filter.
Pour your iced coffee into a tall glass. Add a few more ice cubes if your drink isn't cold enough. Enjoy plain or with cream and sugar!
The key to pour-over iced coffee is splitting the water between ice and liquid. Our recipe uses a 50-50 split, but you can adjust it to suit your taste. A good rule of thumb to follow is to make sure the ice just barely melts when the last bit of water is poured. If you have lots of ice leftover at the end, try using less ice and more water. Conversely, if the ice melts halfway through the brew, use more ice and less water.