Are you someone who needs coffee to start their day on the right foot? Or are you one of those people who can’t get through their day without getting the regular caffeine hit?
No matter what category you belong to, if you are a coffee lover and haven’t tried cold-brew, you are missing out big time. Coarsely ground coffee beans that have been brewed in cold (or room temperature) water for long hours provide a distinct range of flavor that you don’t get with hot brewed coffee.
If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s time you do and we promise that you won’t be able to settle for your regular iced coffee ever again. However, you don’t have to necessarily get it from a coffee shop; being aware of the charm of cold brew, they now charge a premium for it.
Here we present the best cold brew coffee recipes, along with some delicious coffee drink recipes, to help you take your coffee game to the next level.
How to Make Cold Brew at Home
Making cold brew at home is pretty simple. Here’s how to do it:
Coffee beans: 1 cup
Filtered water: 5 cups (you can take cold or room temperature water)
A mason jar or any large container for brewing
A paper coffee filter or a cheesecloth; you can also take a fine mesh-sieve, if these aren’t available
Grind the coffee beans coarsely; make sure to not grind the beans into medium or fine grind. Add the coffee and water into the mason jar and give the mixture a good stir.
Let the coffee beans steep for about 15 hours. You can either put the jar in the fridge or let it stay at room temperature.
Strain the brew into a clean bottle or jar after 15 hours.
Ta-da! Your homemade cold brew is ready.
Mix it with cold water or milk, in equal amounts, and enjoy as is or try out any of the following delicious and refreshing drinks.
This recipe will yield two cups of cold brew.
8 Delicious Cold Brew Coffee Drinks – Recipes
Here are our top picks for the cold brew coffee drinks that everyone should try:
Cinnamon Honey Iced Latte
Embrace the flavor of fall with this yummy and comforting cold brew drink:
For the Syrup
Honey: ¾ cup
Cinnamon: 3 sticks
Vanilla extract: 1 ½ teaspoons
Water: ¾ cup
Cold brew coffee concentrate: ¾ cup
Whole milk (you can also take any other type of milk): ¼ to 1/3 cup
Ground cinnamon: a pinch
For the Syrup
Add water, cinnamon sticks and honey in a small saucepan and cook the mixture on medium-high heat. Stir the mixture until the honey gets completely dissolved into the water. Wait until the mixture comes to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer for about five minutes.
Turn off the heat, add vanilla extract, and mix well. Allow the syrup to cool completely at room temperature before removing the cinnamon sticks.
Store the syrup in the refrigerator.
Take a serving glass, add some ice cubes, cold brew, milk, and about a tablespoon of honey and cinnamon syrup to it. Mix everything well and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon powder.
The ratio of milk, cold brew, and the syrup can be adjusted according to one’s preferences.
Cold Brew Tiramisu Coffee
Packed with rich flavors, this cold brew drink is a must-try for all the tiramisu lovers out there.
Cold brew coffee: 1 cup
Milk: ¼ to ½ cup
Ice: as required
Tiramisu syrup: 2 tablespoons
White chocolate sauce: 1 to 2 tablespoons
Loosely drizzle the white chocolate sauce inside of a large glass or mason jar. Now add the ice, cold brew, milk, and tiramisu syrup, give it a good stir and enjoy!
Eggnog Cold Brew Iced Coffee
Cold weather shouldn’t be the reason not to enjoy iced coffee. Perfect for the winter months, this cold brew drink with a twist of eggnog will give you the bold and cozy flavors that you look for in winter drinks. Here’s how to make it:
For the Cold Brew
Coffee grounds: ¼ cup (heaping)
Cold water: 1 ¼ cup
Brown sugar: 1 tablespoon
A dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger powder each
Eggnog (don’t know how to make eggnog? Check out this simple recipe by Jamie Oliver!)
The only difference between this cold brew and the standard one is that it contains sugar and spices. To make this spiced cold brew, simply add all the ingredients to a jar, stir, and let the mixture steep for at least 12 hours (16 to 18 hours is the ideal brewing time, though). Strain the brew before using.
Take a serving glass and add ice cubes, cold brew and eggnog as per your liking. Give it a good stir and enjoy!
Mint Cold Brew Coffee
Packed with the refreshing flavors of fresh mint and coconut, and the warm flavor of dark chocolate, this cold brew drink is the ultimate springtime treat. Preparing it will take you a little more time than other coffee drinks discussed in this article, but it’s truly worth the time and effort.
Cold brew: 1 cup
Mint syrup: 1 to 2 tablespoons
Dark chocolate and coconut ganache: 1 to 2 tablespoons
Half & half, milk, or heavy cream: 1 to 2 tablespoons
Ice cubes: as required
For the Mint Syrup
Fresh mint: 1 cup, packed
Granulated sugar: ½ cup
Water: 1 cup
For the Dark Chocolate and Coconut Ganache
Dark chocolate: 5 ounces, roughly chopped
Canned coconut milk (preferably full-fat): ½ cup
Mix all the ingredients in a small saucepan and cook it over medium-high heat, stirring continuously, until the sugar completely dissolves. Remove from heat and let it sit at room temperature until the syrup cools down.
Your mint syrup is ready – strain it into an airtight jar or container and store in the refrigerator.
This homemade fresh mint syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Transfer the coconut milk into a bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds. Add dark chocolate to it and stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
Mint Cold Brew Coffee
Drizzle the dark chocolate and coconut ganache on the inside of a serving glass or mason jar. Now add ice cubes, cold brew, cream, and fresh mint syrup. Mix it well and enjoy!
Cold Drip Espresso Martini
A perfect drink for the holiday season, this coffee drink is likely to become your new favorite. Here’s how to make this ridiculously simple, but delectable drink:
Cold brew: 30 ml
Vodka: 45 ml
Butterscotch schnapps: 15 ml
Coffee liqueur: 15 ml
Ice: as required
Add all the ingredients to a shaker or a bottle and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and enjoy this unique martini flavor while watching your favorite movie.
If you like bananas, this coffee-flavored smoothie will be the perfect drink to start your day with.
Cold brew concentrate: 50 ml
Frozen banana: 250 gm
Milk (preferably pecan nut milk): 500 ml
Vanilla bean powder: ¼ teaspoon
Lucuma powder: ½ teaspoon
Agave syrup: 1 tablespoon
Ice cubes: as required
Throw all the ingredients into a blender and blend until you get a creamy smooth mixture.
Think of it as coffee shake for the grown-ups. Ideal for weekends and holidays, you will surely love the bold and rich flavors and smooth and creamy texture of this drink.
Cold brew concentrate: ¾ cup
Iced water: ¼ cup
Chocolate ice cream: 1 scoop
Kahlua: 1 tablespoon ( ½ ounce)
Amaretto: 1 tablespoon ( ½ ounce)
Whipped cream: as desired, for topping
Toss all the ingredients, except the cream, into a blender and blend until frothy. Pour into a glass or mason jar and top with whipped cream.
Voila! Your yummylicious coffee milkshake, with a twist, is ready!
Almond Maple Iced Coffee
Love the nutty flavor of almond milk and the subtle sweetness of maple syrup?
If yes, then this cold brew drink is a must try!
Almond Milk (unsweetened): ¼ cup (you can take more if required)
Maple Syrup: 1 tablespoon
Sea Salt: a pinch
Pour the cold brew into a serving glass filled with ice cubes. Add almond milk, maple syrup, and sea salt, mix, and enjoy!
Here you go – these are some of the best cold brew coffee drinks and you will surely love them. Try them out and let us know in the comments section which one you liked the best!