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Top 5 Cold Brew Recipes

July 11, 2020

Coffee just keeps getting more expensive and while cold brew coffee is trendy and more widely available in coffee shops and grocery stores, it costs even more than hot coffee! It's time to put away the wallet, roll up your sleeves, and create your own tasty cold brew and cold brew drinks. We have five of our favorite recipes (one for each weekday) that will have you excited to wake up and take on the day.


The Brew Basics Breakdown

For those of you who are new to the brew, we have some articles that will school you on this cool new brew. After you visit these articles, come back and join us for a drink!

What Is Cold Brew Coffee And Why Is Everyone Talking About It?

Read this article to learn everything you need to know about cold brew coffee and its rise to popularity.

Friends With Benefits - The Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew coffee is extremely attractive, from its rich flavor to its health benefits. Read this article to learn why everyone is dumping their hot cup of joe for this new brew.

What's the difference between ice coffee and cold brew?

A common misconception is that cold brew coffee and iced coffee are the same things but they actually have some major differences that you should read about.

What is nitro cold brew?

Learn about how cold brew is turned into nitro cold brew and their differences in this article.


Cold Brew Basics

Before you can start making these tasty cold brew beverages, you need the most important ingredient, cold brew coffee. Unlike iced coffee, which is hot coffee served over ice, cold brew can't be brewed instantly. In order to brew coffee at home, you will need to steep coffee grounds at room temperature or cold water for 12 hours or up to 24 hours.

Cold brew can be brewed using a variety of methods, like using coffee filters and a drip coffee method or a french press for small batches. We think if you're going to spend the time to make cold brew, you should brew a large batch. For a basic cold brew coffee recipe, check out our step by step how-to article here.

Once you strain the coffee, the resulting cold brew concentrate can be stored in the fridge for 2 weeks or stored in a refrigerated keg for up to a month. You can also pasteurize your cold brew to make it last longer by sealing and boiling it in mason jars, however, this may alter the taste of your cold brew.

Using this cold brew coffee concentrate, try out these drink recipes. Each of these recipes will make an 8oz. cup of coffee or beverage and uses standard U.S. measuring cups.


Bold Brews For The Daily Grind

  • 1. The Cure to the Monday Blues

    Let's start with an easy but very delicious recipe to get you through the Monday blues, Vietnamese cold brew coffee. It's sweet, creamy, and simple. This recipe is so simple you could do it in your sleep or sleep-deprived state in the morning. If you dilute your cold brew concentrate beforehand or choose not to dilute it, you'll only need one extra ingredient!

    • 3/4 cup cold brew concentrate (for an authentic flavor, we recommend French roast)
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 - 2+ tbsp. condensed milk (add more or less to taste)
  • 2. Tiramisu Tuesday

    Turn your Tired Tuesday to Tiramisu Tuesday with this simple recipe. Enjoy this sweet treat on Tuesday and you just might mentally make it through the day. Besides, who doesn't want dessert for breakfast?

    • 3/4 cup cold brew concentrate (for an authentic flavor, we recommend Italian roast)
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 2 tbsp Tiramisu Syrup
    • 1/4 -1/2 cup milk (depending on your tastes)
    • White chocolate sauce to garnish the glass
  • 3. Mid-Week Mocha

    Here comes the mid-week slump and it's hardest day of the week to get through but this mid-week mocha will have you feeling perfectly caffeinated. Plus, chocolate always makes everything better!

    • 1/2 cup cold brew concentrate
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/4 - 1/2 cup chocolate milk
    • Chocolate syrup to garnish the glass
  • 4. Skip Through Thursday Latte

    Don't you just wish it was Friday already? Here's a latte that will help pretend like it's already Friday.

    With the soothing and relaxing flavors of honey, cinnamon, and vanilla, you'll be at peace even if you have to re-do that report by the end of the day. Easy to make and easy to drink for an easy breezy day. Oh, is it Friday already?

    • 1/2 cup cold brew concentrate
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 1-2+ tbsp. infused simple syrup

    Simple syrup -

    • 3/4 cup water
    • 3/4 cup honey
    • 3 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5. Friday at Five O'Clock

    Here's a cold brew cocktail to get you pregamed and pumped for the weekend! A little creamy, a little boozy, and a whole lot of flavor. Celebrate the weekend with this cold brew concoction that will make you want to jump for joy!

    • 1/4 cup cold brew concentrate
    • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
    • 1/2 oz. chocolate liqueur
    • 1/2 oz. hazelnut liqueur
    • 1/2 oz. irish cream liquer

    Shake thoroughly with ice, strain, and serve!


Too Much For You To Brew?

Meal prep is hard and cold brew prep is even harder. We get that you're busy and brewing your own cold brew doesn't always make sense. Also, the last thing you want to think about in the morning is assembling your coffee. Don't worry, we still have a way for you to get a delicious and gourmet cold brew experience without all the extra hassle.

The Illy Cold Brew Coffee Dispenser delivers ready to drink cold brew coffee with an innovative aeration system that gives you the taste and body of a nitro infused cold brew. This bubbly, rich, and foamy coffee has the mouthfeel of a stout and tastes like a coffee fresh from a cafe. This very simple dispenser takes a bag of gourmet Illy cold brew coffee, connects it to a compact and simple javarator system and dispenses it on demand.

There's no need for brewing or assembling your coffee in the morning! The cold brew is already well prepared with a creamy, aromatic, and sweet taste. There's no need for additional additives needed unless you want to make your coffee sweeter and more decadent.

The brewing method and packaging allows this cold brew to stay fresh and delivers consistently great-tasting coffee each pour. Unlike homebrewed cold brew, which will begin to lose its rich and intense flavor as soon as it is brewed because of oxidization. With Illy's years of experience and innovative technology, they have perfected packaging that maintains the flavor and freshness for a prolonged period of time.

This cold brew delivery system is easy to assemble, requires minimal maintenance, and delivers consistently great-tasting coffee. This system is perfect for those who want to get their fix but don't have the time or energy to go through the long-brewing process or have time to fix a coffee in the mornings.

Also, if you'd like to try these recipes, having a ready-made cold brew will save you a lot of time. These recipes are all designed to enhance the already sweet and chocolaty notes of cold brew coffee but it will pair particularly well with the rich flavors of Illy's cold brew.