My last blog post of the week!
This may not be a recipe, but I thought it would be fun to make how-to posts on the blog. I have a recipe using cold brew ice cubes that I’d like to share with you guys soon, but first, I want to show you how to make cold brew. Trust me, after you learn how to make it, the possibilities are endless! Think lattes, iced coffee, smoothies… Are you convinced yet?
First of all, what is cold brew coffee? It’s ground coffee beans soaked for a long period of time in cold water and then filtered without having to brew the coffee. It’s less acidic and smoother than regular coffee and it lasts longer when stored in the fridge. It’s great for making cold drinks during summer.
On a hot summer day, I don’t always crave hot coffee. This is when I turn to almond milk iced coffee made with cold brew ice cubes. All I do is I keep cold brew ice cubes in the freezer and just pop a few into a glass of almond milk. When the cold brew cubes start to melt, you get a light coffee flavor in your milk. Tip: Let the ice cubes in an empty glass a few minutes before adding the milk, that way, they will melt faster. It’s refreshing and you get a little caffeine boost without sweating even more in the summer heat!
You can make iced coffee by diluting the cold brew with water to your taste or by adding cold brew ice cubes to any milk you like. You don’t need to add regular ice cubes which will dilute your drink! If you want something sweeter, you can add maple syrup or any liquid sweetener to taste. I like it with vanilla almond milk alone. 🙂
Cold Brew Coffee
- Cold water and ground coffee beans in a 3:1 ratio (you can start with 1/3 cup of ground coffee beans in 1 cup of water to try it)
- Add cold water and ground coffee beans in a pitcher or container.
- Let steep for 12-24 hours (depending on how strong you like your coffee)
- Strain the coffee by using a fine mesh sieve, a nut milk bag or a cheese cloth. I like to strain it a few times to make sure there isn’t any ground coffee beans left.
- Store in the fridge for up to a week.
I’m leaving for my first road trip alone this week! I’m driving 17 hours alone, so I’ll need coffee and good music to stay awake. Help! Anyways, I’ll be spending all morning tomorrow making snacks and meals for the trip, so you might see a granola bar recipe on the blog sometime next week. 😉