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.
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!
A cold cup of water brings much-needed refreshment on a warm day, but it can't give you the same caffeinated pick-me-up cold brew could. Top it off with vanilla sweet cream, and you've got the perfect summer sip.
Our Starbucks copycat vanilla sweet cream cold brew recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to make their morning routine a little sweeter. Plus, this coffee drink doesn't take very long to make. So, if you're looking for minimal effort and maximum satisfaction, this might be the right recipe.
We won't hold it against you if you visit your nearest Starbucks coffee shop almost every day in the fall to pick up a pumpkin cream cold brew. It's addictive and delicious!
However, what if we told you there was a way for you to get your pumpkin-flavored coffee fix from home, and save yourself a few bucks? Our Starbucks-inspired pumpkin cream cold brew recipe is just the ticket!
Since we just mentioned pumpkin cream cold brew, it's only fitting that we introduce you to more fall-flavored goodness via the maple cold foam cold brew recipe.
Strong coffee flavors join with the sweet taste of maple syrup and the creamy texture of your favorite milk to create a drink that reminds you of all of the autumn delights — falling leaves, bonfires, crisp air, etc.
Unfortunately, the beverage had a short run on the Starbucks Coffee menu. However, if you round up a bottle of toasted coconut syrup, coffee creamer, and a fresh batch of cold brew, you can make a homemade version that's just as satisfying.
You've had it on toast, pancakes, and strawberries — it was only a matter of time before Nutella made its way into your coffee cup.
Make a busy morning a little sweeter by serving yourself a Nutella cold brew. All you need is cold brew coffee, milk or coffee creamer, chocolate syrup, and a dollop of the beloved chocolate-hazelnut spread; a few minutes later, your sweet tooth will be satisfied.
Just as the almighty PSL rules the fall season, the peppermint mocha is the unofficial favorite coffee drink of the winter months.
The beverage, made by mixing peppermint and chocolate into a latte, is a classic. Using a splash of smooth, rich cold brew instead of a shot of espresso is an easy way to experience this drink in all of its glory while keeping things cool.
Starbucks introduced the chocolate cream cold brew in the spring of 2022, and right away, we knew we had to come up with a copycat recipe. If we didn't, we'd end up in the drive-thru line every day, and those costs would start adding up quickly.
This cold brew coffee drink tastes like a chocolate milkshake or a handful of malted milk ball candies, courtesy of Starbucks's chocolate malt powder.
Our recipe doesn't use that ingredient, but no worries; it'll still give you and your sweet tooth the chocolatey pick-me-up you desire!
While it's not easy to find a coffee shop that doesn't serve cold brew nowadays, it's even harder to find one that offers a decaffeinated version. So, what are you to do? Suffer through caffeine-induced jitters? Of course not — you whip up some of your own!
Choose a bag of decaf beans, dial your coffee grinder to the coarse setting, and click over to our recipe; we'll explain the rest there.
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.
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