With the summer heat beating on our backs it's the perfect time to wake up to a minty cold brew coffee! Super simple recipe that hits your mouth ice cold and finishes off smooth and almost chocolatey. It's a completely different experience to HOT brewed coffee and I'd recommend it to anyone: coffee lover or not.
I recently went to go and experience Starbuck's cold brew coffee because I've seen it around—- NOTHING like this sort. I personally use Old City Coffee's Poor Richard Blend, which is definitely my favorite. Cold brewing brings out sweet chocolate notes that I really enjoy.
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
- A jar or closed cup
- Ground coffee
- Mint (a few leaves and/or oil or extract)
- Sweetener (I used regular sugar, this is optional)
( There's no need for creamer since cold brew lacks in acidity and bitterness.)
Step 2: Add Coffee
Use any coffee you'd like, I added a heaping tablespoon for a Ball jar worth of water. Instant coffee will NOT work if you're looking for the special flavor of cold brew since instant is already brewed in hot water. Brewing in cool water gives coffee a new and distinct taste.
Step 3: Add Mint
At this point we add the mint, I'm using both fresh mints from my own potted plant and a single drop of peppermint oil. Don't overdo the peppermint oil! It's very strong and not good for you in large quantities or if ingested too often, I wouldn't say completely go without it, though, since mint leaves themselves contain the oil and people use it all the time.
Step 4: Add Water and Sweetener
Fill the jar up to the top with room temperature or cold water, then add sugar to taste and shake well. You could also use honey or another sweetener, but I think artificial sweetener or normal sugar will work best since they're both easier to dissolve in cold water. Honey does taste great with mint, though!
Step 5: Refrigerate
Now chill in the fridge. Preferably overnight, or even longer if you've used less coffee. It'll be just about ready in the morning!
Step 6: Strain
Finally, just run it through a sieve over ice and you're done! Hope you enjoy :)