It’s a hot summer’s day, your routine brew isn’t quite hitting the spot and your body is desperate for a chilled caffeine fix (we’ve all been there). Well, you’ll never have to worry about this again as we’ve pulled together our ultimate cold brew recipe…
For this take on cold brew, we use a concentrate method, which may sound long and complicated, but in practice is really simple and effective…
What you’ll need:
- A sealed container (Something like a jam jar is perfect)
- Coarse ground coffee – The fruiter the notes the better!
- A pour-over brew method – something like a V60 or Chemex.
- Filter Papers for your brewer of choice.
- Cold water
Optional Garnishes & Toppers (See Recipes below)
- Peanut Butter
- Maple Syrup
- Tonic Water
Creating your concentrate solution
You want to create a concentrate solution that’s based on 1:10 ratio. So for example, 50g of ground coffee to 500ml water. You’ll need to work out how much your jar/vessel can take. It doesn’t matter too much, it will just determine how many drinks you can make.
Step 1:Add your ground coffee & water into a jar, and give it a gentle shake.
Step 2:Leave in the fridge for 12hrs (minimum)
Step 3:Once your concentrate has been left for 12 hours or more, you want to filter that through your brew method of choice to remove the grounds, and leave you with a clear concentrate.
Step 4: Give your jar a rinse, make sure there are no grounds leftover, and then decant your clear concentrate back in there.
(Your consecrate will be best enjoyed within 2-3 days – keep it in the fridge)
Now that your concentrate has been created, you can then use that to create a drink of your choice…
Classic Cold Brew:
Dilute your cold brew depending on your preference. We’d recommend 50g of concentrate to 75g of water. Splash over some ice, simple! You could also spice it up by adding a slice of lemon, or some elderflower or lavender.
Milky Cold Brew:
Similarly to the Classic Cold Brew recipe, we’d recommend a similar volume, but with milk instead of water. So 50g of concentrate to 75g of milk. If you want to add an extra layer of indulgence, you could add a teaspoon of maple syrup, or pop it blender with some peanut butter.
Finally, (our personal favourite) the coffee tonic. For this follow the classic cold brew recipe but to a slightly smaller dose, something like 20g of concentrate to 45g tonic. Add a squeeze of lemon and some ice, and if you’re feeling a bit naughty, add a shot of gin. Top with some elderflower or lavender.
These are just guides, so feel free to experiment and up the dose to fit your taste. Enjoy!
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