Simple, Flavorful Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I drink cold brew coffee every day…even in the frigid NYC winter!

To learn why I’m smitten with it, read my prior post “Cold Brew Coffee Benefits: 6 Reasons It’s BETTER Than Hot.”

I’m not one for spending hours (or even half-hours) in the kitchen, so trust me when I say it’s the absolute easiest thing to make yourself.

Through some trial and error, I’ve also learned ways to jazz it up a bit—without adding sugar! (If you follow me, you also know how much I hate added sugar. Here’s a post about that: “Hidden Sugar: You’re Probably Eating More Than You Think!”)

Final note: When you make your own cold brew, it’s cheap to be a coffee lover. Each 16-oz cup of homemade cold brew costs less than $1!

Alright, let’s get to it…here’s the simplest, most flavorful (a.k.a. the BEST!) cold brew coffee recipe!

Simple + Flavorful Cold Brew Coffee

To make this recipe, you'll need a 64-oz mason jar and a coffee sock.**
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Coffee, Drinks
Servings: 3 64-oz batches*
Author: The Health Investment

Ingredients

  • Filtered water
  • 1 pound coarsely ground coffee beans, preferably organic!***

Instructions

  • Stretch coffee sock over mouth of jar.
  • Fill sock with coarsely ground beans.
  • Fill most of jar with filtered water.
  • Securely tie sock and drop into jar.
  • Fill remainder of jar with water.
  • Screw lid on tightly. (The less oxygen, the better!)
  • Let sock of grounds sit in water for at least 16 hours to "brew." (The longer you let it steep, the stronger the coffee will be. Don't let it steep for longer than 24 hours; 16-18 hours is the sweet spot!)
  • Remove sock.
  • Dump grounds into trash; rinse sock clean and let it air dry.
  • Refrigerate. It should maintain its superb flavor in an airtight pitcher or mason jar for about a week.

Notes

*Each batch yields about four 16-oz cups of coffee.
**Amazon sells the perfect cold brew kit, which includes the mason jar and sock.
***You can also buy high-quality organic coffee beans on Amazon. I like Tiny Footprint Coffee and Bizzy the best!

I told you it was easy!

Note: Cold brew is highly concentrated, so I usually fill a 20 oz stainless steel mug (see below) 1/4 of the way with filtered water, then the rest with cold brew. If you add a large ice cube (see below), it’s perfection!

Now, jazz it up!

To make my cold brew more flavorful, I like to add one (or more!) of the following:

  • Malk unsweetened cashew or almond milk
    • I adore Malk’s unsweetened milks because they’re sugar-free, dairy-free, and free from additives (like carrageenan, gums, etc.) that are found in most other non-dairy milks.
    • You can buy Malk at Whole Foods and other specialty/health food stores. Often, it’s on sale!
  • A cinnamon stick
    • When you add a cinnamon stick to your cold brew, your coffee will have a slight, pleasant cinnamon flavor.
  • A drop of essential oil
    • If you want a stronger cinnamon flavor, try adding a drop of cinnamon bark essential oil to your brew. Or, add a drop of clove or cassia, depending on your flavor preference. (Seriously—you only need ONE drop! A tiny drop of any essential oil goes a looooong way. Clove—like cinnamon bark—is pretty strong, but I like strong flavors. Cassia is milder, but still cinnamon-y!)
    • Whenever you ingest essential oils, you want to be sure they’re high-quality and approved for internal use. Not all essential oils are created equal! I only use doTERRA oils internally because they’re the highest quality.
    • If you’re put off by the price of essential oils, know that there are about 85 drops in each small vial. (There are 250 in the slightly larger vials!) So, even though you may spend $18-28 on one oil, it’ll last for 85 cups of coffee…which translates to only 21-33 cents per serving. And remember #QUALITYMATTERS!
  • Coconut cream
    • I buy this organic coconut cream on Thrive Market.
    • I like it because 1) it’s organic and 2) its only ingredients are organic coconut extract + water.
    • I strain it through a sieve and keep the liquid in my fridge in one storage container and the chunks in another. I use the liquid in my coffee and save the chunks to add to green smoothies. Yum!
    • You can also find organic coconut cream at grocery stores, but be sure to read the ingredients! Some coconut milks/creams contain crappy additives. That’s why Thrive’s is the best!
    • Side note: I save a lot of money on groceries through my Thrive membership. Read more here: “My Unbiased Thrive Market Review (AND A Shopping List!)”

Wanna make your cold brew even jazzier?!

If you really want to go that extra mile, these handy accoutrements will make sipping all the more pleasurable:

  • Stainless steel tumbler

  • Stainless steel straws
      • While we’re on the subjects of stainless steel and saving marine life…why not reduce your exposure to plastic and your reliance on single-use plastic straws by purchasing some reusable ones?! These even come with the cutest, tiniest little cleaning brush! (Just don’t lose it like I did…)

  • Finally, no glass of cold brew is complete without a huge ice cube!
      • Don’t be fooled…this cube-maker pretends to be for whiskey, but really it’s better for cold brew! 

Questions? Ideas for future posts? Never hesitate to reach out to me via email (brooke@thehealthinvestment.com) or on Instagram. I love hearing from you!

Happy brewing! 🙂


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