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14 Roasty’s Most Thirst-Quenching Cold Brew Coffee Recipes

There’s nothing wrong with letting the baristas at your local coffeehouse handle all of your Java-related needs, but sometimes it’s fun to whip up homemade coffee drinks, provided you have a good recipe to follow. That’s where Roasty comes in. This recipe round-up is for anyone who regularly cold brews coffee and wants to find fun ways to dress up their cup.

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So, you’ve accepted that hot coffee isn’t the only worthwhile option and hopped on the cold brew bandwagon — now what?

Why, you start experimenting with your cups of coffee, of course, and you use our favorite cold brew recipes to do it!

Our list of cold brew drinks spans several flavors, from sweet chocolate to crisp peppermint. So, no matter your personal preferences, we have no doubts that there’s something here that will hit the spot.

What Is Cold Brew vs. Iced Coffee?

First, know that iced coffee and cold brew aren’t the same. Yes, you serve both beverages over ice, but their brewing methods set them apart.

The iced coffee brewing process involves hot water. After it brews, the joe chills in the refrigerator before being served.

On the other hand, cold brew comes to be when coarse coffee grounds steep in room temperature or cold water for a few hours. The exact length of this brewing process depends on how strong you want the resulting joe to be.

Then, the brewer uses a filter — often a fine mesh sieve or piece of cheesecloth — to separate the used ground coffee beans from the cold brew concentrate. From there, the options for dressing up the cup of cold brew are almost endless.

You can go as plain as sipping it as-is or diluting it with water (which we highly recommend), or as fancy as using simple syrups, a splash of your milk of choice, and a dollop of fluffy whipped cream.

Roasty’s Cold Brew Coffee Recipe Round-Up

Below are some of our favorite cold brew-based drinks for you to try. So, fill a tall glass with ice, pull out your fresh cold brew, and start working your way through this list!

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A Quick Cold Brew Q&A

What do you mix into cold brew coffee?

There is no one-size-fits-all magic coffee recipe you have to follow. You can mix cold brew with anything you want; what’s important is that you like what’s in your cup.

However, the most common cold brew add-ins are as follows:

  • Milk or coffee creamer: You can’t go wrong with pouring some creaminess into your cold-brewed joe, whether you use the ol’ reliable whole milk or experiment with different kinds of milk.
  • Flavored syrups: Your cold brew already has a delicious natural flavor if it comes from high-quality coffee beans, but sometimes adding extra flavors to your morning joe is fun. That’s where flavored coffee syrups come in. From classic flavors like vanilla or caramel to more unique selections like blueberry or raspberry, there’s a syrup for everyone.
  • Herbs and spices: Spice up your cup — literally! — with cinnamon, cloves, star anise, a sprig of mint, and more. The possibilities are almost endless here.
  • Sweeteners: For some, the ideal cup of coffee has a sweet edge that’s often courtesy of granulated sugar. While you can stir the stuff into a cup of cold brew, using a liquid sweetener like simple syrup, maple syrup, or honey is a better option here, as those dissolve into cold liquids more easily than granules.
  • Water: Cold brew coffee concentrate is often strong in flavor and caffeine content, so some people dilute it with water before serving it. There is no one-size-fits-all cold brew concentrate-to-water ratio — it varies based on individual coffee drinkers’ preferences. However, mixing equal amounts of each is a common practice and a solid starting point for experimenting with dilution.

What is the best way to make a cold brew?

We prefer an immersion method for making cold brew, like leaving the coffee grounds to steep in an airtight container for a few hours before filtering them out with a mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

Immersion brewing produces smooth coffee with a balanced flavor profile and low acidity. Plus, it’s easy!

Do you want to know more about this rich, delicious coffee? Click here for brewing tips!

How long should I let cold brew steep?

To make a cold brew, let coarse ground coffee beans steep at room temperature or cold water for 12 to 24 hours.

If you let the coffee steep for less than this, you’ll end up with weak, under-extracted joe; leave it longer, though, and the result is a cup full of bitter flavor — so disappointing.

What kind of coffee should you use for cold brew?

We’re so glad you asked! We rounded up what we’ve deemed the best beans for use in your cold brew coffee maker just for you.

Our buying guide is pretty diverse, highlighting several of our favorite brands of coffee and giving suggestions that span different roast levels. Don’t worry if you don’t have a coffee grinder; we also threw in some pre-ground coffee options.

So, regardless of their preferences and brewing habits, we think all our fellow coffee geeks can find something there that they’ll like.

Cool Off with Cold Brew

We won’t deny that some days, hot coffee hits the spot. But when you need to cool off, put some cold-brewed coffee on ice and use one of the above recipes to give it an upgrade. You’d be surprised how many combinations of milk, flavored syrup, and spices you can put in your cup.

After trying all of our cold brew coffee recipes, check out our blended, frozen coffee recipe round-up for more chilled, caffeinated fun.

Happy Caffeinating!

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