Cold Brew Coffee Recipes

You've prepared your cold brew concentrate or a non-concentrated batch of cold brew, but now what? You can't drink it as is. Now you need to decide what kind of cold brew drink you're going to make.

Let's dive in and look at some simple and creative iced coffee recipes. You can easily prepare these recipes at home, and most importantly, you'll get to explore new, delicious drinks.

Cold Brew Coffee Taste

If you want to drink cold brew diluted with just water, then the taste of the concentrate itself will be of great importance. You must properly brew it using your favorite beans.

When choosing coffee, know this: the more descriptors, the more interesting the cold brew.

During hot weather, choose coffee with bright acidity for a refreshing drink. The classic taste profile will include red berry, citrus, and floral notes in its description. Coffee from Kenya is a good choice.

For cooler seasons, consider low- to medium-acid varieties that show off the beans' sweetness. As a rule, these are naturally processed varieties with notes of chocolate, dark berries, and sweet spices.

Most Brazilian or Asian varieties can be heavy in cold brew unless they are experimental varieties that have very different notes than most coffees from these regions.

Experiment with coffees to find your favorite.

We recommend choosing 5-6 suitable coffees and making a cold brew from each, following the same recipe. Then choose the one that produces your favorite cold brew and keep using that in future recipes.

Then, experiment with that coffee. Change things like the volume of water, water temperature, and brewing time. Only change one thing at a time, so you can tell which variable made you like or dislike a recipe.

Popular Cold Brew Recipes

All recipes have two stages. First, you make the cold brew concentrate (or a non-concentrated batch of cold brew), then then you add various ingredients.

Here's an example:

Stage 1. Preparation of Pure (Not Concentrated) Cold Brew Coffee

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite coffee beans - 150 g
  • Cold drinking water with mineralization of 100 mg/L - 1500 mL
  • Ice - 1500 g

Preparation:

  1. Grind the beans coarsely
  2. Put ice in a container, add ground coffee, add water, and stir.
  3. Refrigerate for 10-12 hours.
  4. Stir.
  5. Filter the coffee fraction through a sieve.
  6. Filter again.
  7. Add syrups to taste.

Stage 2. Adding Syrups

Ingredients:

  • Pure cold brew - 280 mL
  • Orange Flowers syrup - 2 mL
  • Jasmine Flowers syrup - 4 mL
  • Apricot syrup - 4 mL
  • Lemon juice - 10 mL

Preparation:

Measure out each ingredient, then mix thoroughly with the cold brew. Add some lemon juice to help the drink stay fresh longer. Pour into a bottle or jug for storage.

Avoid These Common Cold Brew Mistakes:

  • Wrong extraction time. Use a timer to make sure you let your coffee extract for the correct amount of time. Filter immediately after removing from the fridge to stop extraction. It is important to stop the extraction on time, otherwise, the taste will be either watery or too strong.
  • Wrong proportions. It is important to weigh each ingredient (especially coffee grounds and water) separately before mixing. Otherwise, you can end up with an incorrect ratio of ingredients and either a watery drink or a drink that's too bitter.
  • Poor filtration. To ensure your cold brew has a smooth consistency, make sure to filter several times to make sure all the grounds are removed from the finished drink.

As with any other coffee, it is important to pay attention to grind size, water mineralization, temperature, and much more.

Coconut Cold Brew

This delicious coconut drink will please you and all your guests.

You will need:

  • Cold brew - 800 mL
  • Coconut milk - 200 mL
  • Sugar (coconut or cane) - 60 g
  • Coconut flakes - 70 g

Mix the coconut flakes with the sugar and pour over the coconut milk. Heat on the stove, stirring to make a syrup. Pour the syrup into the cold brew. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or serve immediately over ice.

Black Bubbles

This is a great cold brew with tonic water. It's ideal in the heat at home, in the car, on a walk, or on the way to the gym—you'll get a boost of energy. Try pink rhubarb tonic water or Valencian orange tonic water.

You will need:

  • Cold brew concentrate - 60 mL
  • Tonic water - 150 mL
  • Lime juice - 10 mL
  • Lime slice for decoration
  • Ice cubes

Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in cold brew, lime juice, and tonic water. Garnish with a wedge of lime. Drink through a straw.

Bumble

This is a very interesting-looking cold brew. Its secret lies in its layers, which make it resemble a bumblebee. It will quench your thirst and keeps you in good shape.

You will need:

  • Cold brew concentrate - 40 mL
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice - 150 mL
  • Caramel syrup - 2 tbsp
  • Ice cubes

Pour the ingredients into a glass in the following sequence: first the caramel syrup, then the freshly squeezed orange juice, then the cold brew. Add ice at the end.

Winter Dream

Cinnamon, cranberries, and citrus fruits inevitably evoke pleasant evenings spent under the Christmas tree. This drink has an amazingly deep and rich taste.

You will need:

  • Cold brew drink (not concentrate) - 100 mL
  • Cranberry juice - 50 mL
  • Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice - 50 mL
  • Orange slice
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Ice cubes

Fill a glass with ice and add all ingredients except cinnamon and orange slice. Mix gently with a spoon. Insert cinnamon stick and garnish with an orange slice.

Nutty Cold Brew

Nut milk goes well with cold brew. This drink is creamy, light, and very balanced.

You will need:

  • Cold brew concentrate - 50 mL
  • Coconut milk - 50 mL
  • Almond milk - 50 mL
  • Cashew milk - 50 mL
  • Ice
  • Sugar syrup to taste

Fill a tall glass with ice, pour in concentrate and milks in equal proportions. Mix gently with a spoon. You can add chocolate or caramel syrup if you wish.

Whiskey Cold Brew

Sipping this alcoholic coffee drink is a great way to relax.

You will need:

  • Orange zest bitters - 4 dashes
  • Cold brew concentrate - 40 mL
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • Orange zest
  • Ice
  • Your favorite bourbon whiskey - 40 mL
  • Cane Sugar - 1/2 tbsp

Pour sugar into a glass. Add bitters and cold brew concentrate. Stir well with a spoon to dissolve the sugar a little.

Next, add ice and whiskey. Garnish with cherry and orange zest.

Cold Brew With Vermouth

This alcoholic cold brew will pleasantly surprise you.

You will need:

  • Sweet white vermouth - 30 mL
  • Cold brew concentrate - 30 mL
  • Butterscotch schnapps - 15 mL
  • Coffee liqueur - 15 mL
  • Ice
  • Mini chocolate bar

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour the finished drink into a cocktail glass. Decorate with a chocolate bar.

Vanilla Cold Brew

The silky texture of almond milk blends easily with the smooth palate of a cold brew drink, and the subtle nutty flavor pairs well with sweetness. A touch of vanilla extract and cinnamon sprinkled on top will make you feel at home.

You will need:

  • Cold brew concentrate - 50 mL
  • Almond milk - 100 mL
  • 2-3 drops of vanilla extract
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • Ice

Combine the coffee concentrate, cold almond milk, and vanilla extract in a glass with ice. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Cold Brew Smoothie With Banana

A very appetizing coffee-and-banana smoothie will perfectly satisfy your hunger and boost your mood. It's a surefire way to start a productive day.

You will need:

  • Cold brew concentrate - 50 mL
  • Cashew or almond milk - 80 mL
  • Fresh banana slices - 100 grams
  • Caramel syrup - 10 mL
  • 2 oatmeal cookies (optional)
  • Ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. You can choose any syrup, not just caramel, to match your tastes.

Cold Brew Amaretto Milkshake

Amaretto is an Italian liqueur made with almonds, apricot kernels, and spices. There are also non-alcoholic amaretto syrups. This drink would be great at a party.

You will need:

  • Amaretto liqueur - 15 mL
  • Coffee liqueur - 15 mL
  • Cold brew concentrate - 40 mL
  • 1 scoop of chocolate ice cream
  • Ice water - 80 mL
  • Whipped cream

Blend everything except the whipped cream in a blender. Once everything is well mixed, pour into a tall glass and top with whipped cream.

If you want to make a non-alcoholic cocktail, then replace the liqueurs with syrups (10 mL each).

Cola Cold Brew

You will need:

  • Cold brew concentrate - 50 mL
  • Coffee liqueur - 15 mL
  • Spiced rum - 30 mL
  • Cola - 200 mL
  • Heavy cream (15%) - 15 mL
  • Ice

Pour the coffee concentrate, liqueur, rum, and cola into a large glass with ice. Mix with a spoon and pour cream on top. Mix again. Drink through a straw.

Cold Brew With Honey

This healthy cold brew drink has a great taste and will energize you and cheer you up.

You will need:

  • Honey - 2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 15 mL
  • Almond milk - 150 mL
  • Cold brew concentrate - 40 mL
  • Ice

Mix the almond milk and honey over heat, but do not bring to a boil. It is necessary for the honey to completely dissolve in the almond milk. Pour cold brew concentrate into a glass with ice and add the honey-almond milk mixture. Add some lemon juice and stir.

Cold Brew Latte

You will need:

  • Cold brew concentrate - 40 mL
  • Cold milk - 150 mL
  • Hot milk - 100 mL
  • Ice

Heat 100 mL of milk and pour it into a French press. Whisk the milk by moving the plunger vigorously up and down to get a thick, dense foam. Fill a glass ⅔ with ice and pour cold milk into it. Then pour in the cold brew concentrate. Gently spoon the milk foam on top. You can refrigerate leftover warm milk.

Cold Brew Frappuccino

You will need:

  • Almond milk - 200 mL
  • Vanilla ice cream - 1 scoop
  • Caramel syrup - 30 mL
  • Cold brew concentrate - 80 mL
  • Whipped cream

Pour the almond milk into an ice tray and freeze. Do the same with the cold brew concentrate.

Place frozen milk cubes, frozen concentrate cubes, ice cream, and caramel syrup in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream. You can also add other toppings, like chocolate shavings or vanilla syrup.