July 1, 2016

4 Cold Brew Cocktails Perfect for Summer


Looking for something to spice up your summer – while still keeping it cool? A cold brew cocktail’s exactly what you need. And luckily for you, cold brew is exactly what I specialize in. Let me share with you four of my favourite drinks that you can also make at home.

Spanish Version: 4 Cockteles Cold Brew Perfectos para el Verano

cold brew

Cold brew: a surprisingly versatile drink.

1. Coco Moon

Feeling sleepy? You won’t be for much longer. This drink’s a double whammy: the cold brew gives you a dose of desperately needed caffeine, while the coconut water revitalizes you with antioxidants. Take that, Monday mornings!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ice
  • Mint (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 100 ml coconut water
  • 50 ml cold brew – try using Kenyan beans, such as Kiganjo, for a bright, fruity flavor
cold brew cocktail

Coco Moon is the drink of choice when you need a pick-me-up.

2. Cold Brew Tonic

A bubbly classic that’s perfect as either a mocktail or a cocktail. Drink it in the morning as it is but, come evening, add a dash of gin and you’re ready to party. (Want to make this with an espresso instead of a cold brew? You’ll find the recipe here.)

Just mix:

  • Ice
  • One grapefruit wedge
  • 100 ml tonic water
  • 50 ml cold brew – try a washed Ethiopian; the herbal notes and the light, zesty tea aromas are a great combination
The Cold Brew Tonic

The Cold Brew Tonic: summer in a cup.

3.  Skinny Frappe

This silky smooth drink will satisfy all of your cravings. Creamy, sweet, and yet surprisingly low on sugar (well, compared to what you’ll get at a chain coffee shop), it’s the perfect way to indulge on those sticky summer days.

Although this is a milk-free option, you’ll want to put all the ingredients in a milkshake machine or electric milk frother to create the ideal microfoam. Here’s what you need to use:

  • Ice
  • 2 tsp brown sugar syrup (check out the recipe for that here)
  • 100 ml cold brew – opt for the sweetest coffee you have; a natural Ethiopian is perfect for this
skinny frappe

The Skinny Frappe: heaven in a bottle.

SEE ALSO: The Specialty Espresso Martini: A World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion’s Guide

4. Midnight Hour Rum Sour

A classy after dinner drink, this alcoholic coffee is sweet with a hint of sourness. Shake all the ingredients well on ice, pour into a tumbler, and serve. Oh, and get ready to be making this all night because it’s going to be popular.

You’ll need to use:

  • Ice
  • Lemon zest
  • 5 cl dark rum
  • 1 cl freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cl brown sugar syrup (the recipe’s here)
  • 2cl cold brew – anything goes here; why not experiment with different profiles?
Midnight Hour Rum Sour

Midnight Hour Rum Sour. Your night will be as exciting as it sounds.

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