5 Delicious Hard Cold Brew Coffee Recipes You Can Try At Home

Do you also hate those times when you must choose between a cup of coffee and a cocktail? Well, now you can have both simultaneously, thanks to these hard cold brew coffee recipes!

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Hard cold brew is a popular coffee drink

Hard cold brew coffee is extremely popular these days, and if you have not yet climbed aboard the hard cold brew train, you might be missing out! It is not a joke or gimmick — many coffee shops worldwide are growing their hard cold brew coffee offerings as it grows in popularity. 

Hard cold brew coffee takes the versatility of cold brew to a whole new level. 

What Is Hard Cold Brew Coffee?

Cold brew is simply a type of coffee that has been brewed with cold water instead of hot water and typically involves a long steeping process (about 12 to 18 hours or even longer). After that, the coffee grounds are strained out and chilled before being served as-is, over ice, or diluted with water.

So like hard kombucha, hard cold brew is simply cold brew coffee infused with alcohol. 

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Cold Brew Vs. Iced Coffee

Cold brew and iced coffee are similar, but they are not the same. Iced coffee is made by brewing regular hot coffee and then chilling it either by putting it in the fridge or pouring it over some ice.

Since the ice dilutes the coffee as it melts, the problem with iced coffee is that it can taste a little weak. This can be fixed by making the coffee twice as strong. Unfortunately, this can also result in a twofold increase in acidity and bitterness.

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You can change the ratio of coffee grounds to water in cold brew coffee

With cold brew, you may adjust the intensity of the coffee by changing the ratio of coffee grounds to water, considering that it will be served over ice. This way, you can enjoy your cold brew without diluting it and without the bitter flavor of hot coffee.

Many cold brew aficionados claim that the drink tastes so good that they do not even need to add cream, milk, or sugar.

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How To Make Cold Brew

Freshly ground coffee beans, room-temperature filtered water, a container (pot, pitcher, or jar) to brew in, and a way of filtering the coffee are all needed to make cold brew coffee. You can also make cold brew using a cold brew coffee maker like the Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker or even a French Press coffee maker.

You may also be interested in reading our guide on how to make cold brew in a French Press.

The basic procedure to make cold brew coffee is to combine water and ground coffee beans in a specific ratio, with common ratios ranging from 4:1 to 10:1, depending on your taste or how the brew will be used. Steep the coffee for about 12 to 18 hours or even longer. After that, strain the coffee using a filter, chill, and serve.

You may also be interested in reading our guide on how to make cold brew coffee at home.

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Cold Brew Coffee Benefits

Less Acidic

Cold brew is less acidic than regular coffee. While some prefer the flavor that acidity brings, it can harm your teeth and stomach.

More Antioxidants

According to recent studies, green coffee beans contain high levels of antioxidants. However, since many of these antioxidants are destroyed by high temperatures, most of the health benefits of coffee are lost during roasting and hot brewing. Cold brewing does not destroy these antioxidants, which makes it a healthier option.

Sweeter Taste

Since it has a lower acidity than its hot counterpart, cold brew is naturally sweeter than hot brew. 

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Cold brew taste sweeter than hot brew

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Convenience

Even though cold brew takes a while to brew, after you have made a batch, it can stay inside your fridge for up to 10 days and still taste fresh. 

Versatility

The best thing about cold brew is that it can be used in many recipes, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, ice cream, and even desserts, due to its consistency in flavor and body.

5 Hard Cold Brew Coffee Recipes

1. Cold Brew Martini

The full flavor of the cold brew, combined with the sweetness coming from the sugar and coffee liqueur, will take your cold brew coffee to a whole new level. Top off your glass with a thin layer of foam and some whole coffee beans — and you will make quite a statement!

Ingredients: 

  • Two ounces of cold brew coffee
  • Two ounces of vodka
  • One ounce of coffee liqueur
  • A half ounce of simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Whole coffee beans as garnish (optional)

Method:

Step 1: Prepare The Coffee

Make your cold brew coffee.

Step 2: Mix

Mix the cold brew, vodka, coffee liqueur, simple syrup, and ice in a shaker. 

Step 3: Serve

Pour over a martini glass.

Top with some whole coffee beans and enjoy!

2. Cold Brew Negroni

Cold brew coffee’s full flavor pairs perfectly with Campari’s sweet flavors. 

Ingredients: 

  • One and a half ounces of cold brew coffee
  • One ounce of Campari liqueur
  • One ounce of gin
  • One ounce of sweet vermouth
  • Orange peel garnish (optional)

Method:

Step 1: Brew The Coffee

Make your cold brew coffee, but use Campari liqueur instead of water.

Campari liqueur


Step 2: Mix

Mix the cold brew-infused liqueur, gin, vermouth, and ice in a shaker. 

Step 3: Serve

Pour over a glass with a large ice cube.

Garnish with an orange peel and enjoy!

3. Rosemary Vanilla Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail

The Rosemary Vanilla Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail combines cold brew coffee and vanilla-flavored rum. 

Syrup Ingredients:

  • Two to four tablespoons of rosemary syrup
  • One cup of sugar
  • One cup of water
  • One sprig of rosemary

Method:

Step 1: Boil

Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Step 2: Simmer & Cool

Then, simmer for about a minute and a half.

Let it cool to room temperature.

Cocktail Ingredients: 

  • One cup of cold brew coffee
  • Two ounces of Bom Bom Nilli Vanilli
  • One-quarter cup of almond milk or a plant-based creamer
  • Ice

Method:

Step 1: Brew The Coffee

Make your cold brew coffee.

Step 2:  Mix

Mix the cold brew, syrup, milk, and ice in a shaker.

Step 3: Serve

Pour over a glass with a large ice cube.

Pour Bom Bom Nilli Vanilli over the top and enjoy!

4. Cloudy Amber Daiquiri Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail

Another rum-infused cold brew cocktail, the Cloudy Amber Daiquiri Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail combines cold brew coffee and three simple ingredients — rum, lime juice, and simple syrup.

Ingredients: 

  • A three-quarter ounce of cold brew coffee
  • One and a half ounces of rum
  • A three-quarter ounce of fresh lime juice
  • A three-quarter ounce of simple syrup

Method:

Step 1: Brew The Coffee

Make your cold brew coffee.

Step 2: Mix

Mix the cold brew, rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice in a shaker.

Step 3: Serve

Pour over a glass with a large ice cube and enjoy!

5. Back In Black Stout Cocktail

If you love Irish beer and enjoy listening to AC/DC, then the Back In Black Stout Cocktail is the right drink for you. 

Syrup Ingredients: 

  • One cup of brown sugar
  • Two cups of water

Cocktail Ingredients: 

  • One and a half ounces of cold brew coffee
  • One ounce of Irish whiskey
  • A half ounce of burnt sugar simple syrup
  • Stout
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Irish whiskey

Method:

Step 1: Brew The Coffee

Make your cold brew coffee.

Step 2: Mix

Mix the cold brew, whiskey, syrup, and ice in a shaker.

Step 3: Serve

Pour over a highball filled with ice.

Top with stout and enjoy!

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