Try 'Japanese' style brewing... its an amazing way to brew 'cold' coffeeI adore iced coffee. Love affair.
I keep a coffee pot in my fridge (about a liter) just for this. I don't add sugar or any sweetner. I add some half and half to the poured cup to get the color right and add body, and over ice cubes to keep it chill. To avoid dilution if I am drinking it slow enough for the cubes to melt some, I use cubes of frozen coffee.
I agree that if one drinks it "saturated with mega-sweet additives" it changes the character of the drink from coffee to "a coffee drink". But IMO so what? Not perhaps what I like, but who wants to live in a world where everyone does it my way. Not even me.
But iced coffee, just coffee, iced, is a pretty fantastic coffee.
It's not cold drip... that makes a great product but takes forever! I found you can get the same amazing tasting cold coffee (unlike most muddy cold brew) using this method.If you mean cold drip brewing I am exploring that.