Wake up, coffee lovers! Have you tried the cold brew trend? Big brands like Starbucks® and Second Cup® are now offering this small-batch, artisan-style coffee. Market research reports indicate cold brew sales have grown 300% in the North America since 2010. But you don’t have to head to your drive-thru or even the grocery store to get your cold caffeine fix.
The basic cold-brew coffee recipe is simple: grind the coffee coarsely (at home or wherever you buy the beans), and combine 1 cup (250 mL) of coarsely ground coffee with 40 fl. oz. (1.25 L) of cold water in the Cold Brew Pitcher. Then, let it steep overnight (18–24 hours). The coffee will infuse the water, creating a strong, concentrated brew. Strain it in the morning, and you’re done!
The result is a smoother, sweeter, less acidic cup of coffee that’s totally in your control. Dilute it with ice or more water to get your perfect caffeine dose. Make homemade creamers and flavored syrups for a cup of joe just for you. Take that, $5 venti, caramel-vanilla, double-espresso, iced latte with fairy-dust sprinkles!
Here are 6 creative ways to turn your morning java jive into an anytime treat.
1. Coffee Float
Top your cold brew with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and a dollop of homemade whipped cream (made in just 30 seconds with the Whipped Cream Maker).
2. Iced Coffee
Serve cold brew at your next get together in the Family-Size Quick-Stir® Pitcher. Use the exclusive plunger to quickly combine your coffee concentrate with your choice of creamer and sweetener. Check out these four Iced Coffee Variations.
3. Coffee Milkshake
Pour cold brew coffee into the Manual Food Processor with your favorite chocolate, vanilla, or caramel ice cream for an irresistibly cool dessert. Make your milkshake even more amazing—use homemade ice cream from the Ice Cream Maker and add a little decoration with the Chocolate Drizzler.
4. Coffee Ice Cubes
Want a totally undiluted coffee experience? Make coffee ice cubes in the Herb Freezing Tray Set to add to your cold brew!
5. Coffee Granita
In a baking pan, mix cold brew coffee with sugar and water, then freeze. The Scoop Loop® is perfect for shaving the slushy, icy deliciousness into pretty serving bowls. Then, top it with whipped cream.
6. Coffee in Steak Marinade
Surprise! Make coffee an ingredient in your marinades. That coffee flavor is especially tasty with flank steak and skirt steak.
Try these coffee creations and tell us what you like in the comments below. Got more ideas for cold brew coffee? Share them here!