Cold Brew Coffee is SUPER easy to make with only coffee and water! Add your favorite syrup, cream, and cold foam for the perfect summer drink.
We love iced coffee year-round, but it tastes extra delicious in the summer! Keep this cold brew coffee in the refrigerator so that you can make your favorite specialty drinks without having to leave your home.
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Cold Brew Coffee Ingredients
To make cold brew coffee, all you need is ground coffee and water. You can make it stronger or weaker depending on your preferences and how you plan to use it.
- Coffee: For the coffee, you can use ground coffee or buy coffee beans and grind them yourself. Freshly ground coffee beans will give you the best results. As with any coffee you make, the brand and the roast matter, so go with whatever your favorite is. You can even use flavored beans if you want.
- Water: For the best results, we recommend using filtered water.
How To Make Cold Brew Coffee
Although cold brew coffee is very easy to make, it does have to be in the refrigerator for a long time, so keep that in mind.
- Put the ground coffee in a pitcher or a large bowl. Pour the water over the coffee and stir to moisten all of the grounds. Cover the container and place it in the refrigerator. We keep ours in the refrigerator for 24 hours, but you can do less if you want weaker cold brew coffee.
- Remove the pitcher from the refrigerator and strain the iced coffee. Store the cold brew in the refrigerator.
Cold Brew Coffee Ratio
Concentrate Ratio: Make the cold brew concentrate in a 1:3 ratio. One cup of coffee grounds to three cups of water.
Drinks Ratio: Use the cold brew concentrate to make coffee drinks in any ratio you prefer. You can use ice cubes and cream to dilute the coffee or dilute it with water.
- Ice Cubes and Cream: 1 cup of ice cubes, 3/4 cup of cold brew coffee concentrate, 1/4 cup of cream (use heavy whipping cream, half-n-half, or flavored creamer).
- Diluted Coffee Concentrate: 1/2 cup of cold brew coffee and 1/2 cup of water (or less it you want it to be stronger).
Cold Brew Coffee Recipes
Vanilla Cold Brew Iced Coffee Recipe
One of our favorite drinks to make with this recipe is vanilla cold brew iced coffee.
- Ice: Put one cup of ice cubes. We used our countertop nugget ice maker for smaller cubes. You can also use the large cubes or break larger cubes up into smaller pieces.
- Coffee: Add 3/4 cup of cold brew coffee concentrate. You can also add cold water for weaker coffee.
- Syrup: Add one to two tablespoons of vanilla syrup. We used our homemade vanilla bean syrup.
- Cream: Top with 1/4 cup of half-n-half or your favorite creamer and enjoy!
Caramel Cold Foam Iced Coffee Recipe
Another popular beverage is caramel cold foam iced coffee. This drink is fun because it has caramel swirled on the glass and caramel-flavored cold foam on top!
- To make caramel cold foam iced coffee, start by drizzling caramel ice cream topping on the sides of the cup and then add one cup of ice cubes.
- Next, pour 3/4 cup of cold brew coffee concentrate over the ice cubes. You can also add water for weaker coffee.
- Then, pour one to two tablespoons of caramel coffee syrup and a couple of tablespoons of half-and-half over the top.
- Finally, make the cold foam, adding 1/2 teaspoon of caramel syrup to the milk before whipping it. Add a pinch of salt for salted caramel cold foam. Spoon the caramel cold foam onto the drink.
Cold Brew Latte Recipe
A cold brew latte is made with coffee concentrate and milk! You can add flavoring if you prefer, or keep it simple with only cold brew and milk.
- Put one cup of ice cubes into a cup.
- Add 3/4 cup of cold brew concentrate (add water for weaker flavor).
- Top it with 1/4 cup of whole milk.
- Or skip the ice cubes and warm the concentrate in the microwave before adding milk for a hot latte.
Store cold brew concentrate in the refrigerator in a covered container for 3-4 days for the best flavor or up to a week!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can use decaf coffee grounds to make decaf cold brew.
It is better because the coffee is smoother, less bitter, and less acidic than other coffee since hot water extracts the bitter flavor from the coffee.
The difference is that cold brew coffee is made in cold water over a longer period of time, and iced coffee is brewed hot and then poured over ice.
Yes, you can warm cold brew coffee to enjoy it hot.
More Coffee Recipes
- Here’s How To Make Iced Coffee with an espresso machine, instant coffee, and a Keurig.
- You can make Cold Foam at home for all of your iced coffee drinks!
- An Iced Chai Latte is chai tea, milk, and espresso over ice.
- This Mocha Punch is a combination of chocolate, coffee, and ice cream!
- A Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake Frappe is topped with streusel topping.
- This Peppermint Mocha Whipped Coffee is perfect for the holidays.
Cold Brew Coffee
- 1 cup ground coffee
- 3 cups filtered water
- Put the ground coffee in a pitcher or a bowl. Pour the water over the coffee and stir to moisten all of the coffee grounds.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours for stronger cold brew coffee.
- Line a fine-mesh strainer with a couple of layers of cheesecloth and place it over a bowl. Strain the coffee and discard the grounds.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. It is best when used within a week but may last up to two weeks.