It’s time to get creative! Here’s what you can do if you have some cold brew concentrate at home. We guarantee this will take you on a party-like experience.
Be it laplaya, a kid’s birthday, or a gathering of old friends; cold brew can do it all!
So, here are 20 exciting recipes for cold brew drinks you can try and thank us later.
Before we begin, if there’s a chance you don’t have cold brew coffee ready for experimenting with recipes, read this guide: how to make cold brew coffee.
- 100 ml of cold brew coffee concentrate
- 300 ml of coconut water
Simply mix your cold brew coffee with double the amount of coconut water, drop in a few ice cubes, and stir. I prefer to use a coconut water without added sugar, but if you’re feeling a little naughty, throw in a pinch of coconut sugar and stir.
2. Cold Brew Popsicles
- A cup of freshly brewed cold coffee
- 3 tbsp of sweetened condensed milk
- Popsicle molds
- Popsicle sticks.
- (Maybe some extra plain milk and sweetener)
Coffee popsicles are nothing new, but most recipes use iced coffee, which will oxidize and lose most of its freshness while you wait for it to freeze over. Cold drip coffee, on the other hand, can last for weeks without its flavors degrading, so a little bit of time chillin’ in the freezer won’t make a difference.
Simply mix together the coffee and sweetened condensed milk, pour into the molds, place the sticks, and let sit in the freezer overnight.
3. Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cream
- ½ cup of cold brew coffee concentrate
- 2 cups of heavy whipping cream
- 12 oz of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tbsp of Kahlua
Mix together the Kahlua, sweetened condensed milk and cold drip, and then whip the cream until stiff peaks begin to form. Next, delicately fold the coffee mixture into the whipped cream and place it in the freezer for 2-3 hours, just as it begins to freeze. Or, use an ice cream maker.
4. Cold Brew Ice Cubes
- Your favorite cold drip concentrate
- An ice cube tray
- A freezer
- An extra dose of patience (or proper timing)
So you like iced coffee but you hate it when it’s watered down. Why not make coffee ice cubes? It’s so simple that it is hard calling it a recipe at all: more like a “add-on” to the original cold drip. Simply freeze your cold brew coffee in an ice cube tray!
WARNING: Don’t water them down too much. Cold coffee does need some dilution, but you don’t want to overdo it. If you are putting these in a glass add only a little room-temperature water, and let the sun do the rest.
5. Coconut / Almond / Cashew / Macadamia Nut Cold Drip
- Cold brew coffee concentrate
- Cold coconut milk, almond milk, cashew milk, or macadamia nut milk (to taste)
Milk alternatives, like almond, cashew, or macadamia nut milk, go great with cold coffee. The neutrality of cold drip coffee allows the unique flavors to shine through and the inherent sweetness complements the milky texture.
6. Cold Brew Old Fashioned
- 2 tablespoons of orange syrup
- 4 dashes of bitters (bonus if you use orange bitters)
- 6 oz of cold brew coffee concentrate
- 1 maraschino cherry (garnish)
- Orange peel (garnish)
- A naughty optional – 30-50ml of high end bourbon whiskey
Combine your orange syrup and bitters in a glass, then throw in your cold drip concentrate. Stir well, and garnish with orange and cherry. Slowly place your ice cubes in, and if you’re feeling naughty, add a lashing of your favorite bourbon whiskey.
7. Cold Brew Tonic
- Freshly brewed (important) cold brew coffee concentrate
- Tonic water
Combine and enjoy. Quite possibly the most refreshing coffee-infused beverage ever. It can be as simple as the recipe or you can open up those fruitier flavors with garnishes like rosemary, lemon, or maraschino cherries. This cold brew/iced coffee recipe is typically one part cold brew and two parts tonic, but you can try different variations.
8. Cold Drip Espresso Martini
- 45 ml of vodka
- 30 ml of cold drip coffee
- 15 ml of butterscotch schnapps
- 15 ml of coffee liqueur
Measure all ingredients out accurately into a shaker, give it your best Shake Weight impression, and strain into a cocktail glass.
9. Vanilla Almond Swirl
- 50-100 ml of cold brew concentrate
- Almond milk to taste
- 2-3 drops of vanilla extract
- A pinch of cinnamon
The silky texture of almond milk easily pairs with cold brew’s smooth palette, but the subtle nutty flavors layer nicely with the sweetness. A touch of vanilla extract and cinnamon sprinkled on top makes one feel right at home in the natural aromas.
Don’t add too much almond milk; you don’t want to overpower your cold-brew. The cold coffee is your cake, and the other ingredients are the frosting on top.
10. Cinnamon Orange Iced Coffee Crush
- 50 ml of cold brew
- ¼ of an orange, cut into a wedge
- Crushed ice
- Warmed cinnamon sticks
- A pinch of powdered cinnamon
- A pinch of coconut sugar
Start by filling a short tumbler glass with ice and then squeeze in the orange peel. Rub the peel around the lip and leave it in the glass. Then roll the cinnamon sticks between your hands to warm them up, and pop them into the glass along with a dose of cold coffee. Finish it off with a sprinkling of powdered cinnamon and coconut sugar.
11. Banoffee Smoothie
- 50 ml of C.B concentrate
- 500 ml of pecan nut (or other) milk
- 250 grams of frozen banana slices
- 1 tbsp of agave syrup
- ½ tsp of lucuma powder
- ¼ tsp of vanilla bean powder
- 10 ice cubes
Toss everything in a blender and ram down that toggle until creamy smooth. This is a great midday-slump ‘pick me up’. The thick, full body will dispel any rising hunger, but the sweet fruitiness and coffee undertones will revitalize your mind and spirit.
Why the Lucuma powder? Famously known as the “Gold of the Incas,” lucuma is packed full of beta carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium, and protein. Regardless of the rich taste, guilt belongs nowhere near this concoction.
12. Coffee Chia Pudding
- ¾ cup of dilute cold drip concentrate
- ¾ cup of milk (but other dairy substitutes will work)
- 2 tbsp of honey
- 8 tbsp of chia seeds
- ½ tsp of vanilla bean powder
- A dollop of whipped cream
- Grated chocolate or ground cinnamon to taste
Combine in a bowl and mix, or, if you like to do things the easy way, combine in a jar, shake it like its going out of fashion, and chuck it in the fridge.
If you’re not a fan of morning sweetness: substitute the chocolate and whipped cream with a dash of cinnamon. However you decide to decorate your pudding, make sure you have a sturdy spoon because you will be scraping every last bit from out of your mason jar.
13. Coconut Kahlua Latte
- 2 oz of Kahlua
- ¾ cup of milk (or preferred substitute)
- 2 tbsp of cream of coconut
- A pinch of cinnamon
- 2 tbsp of white sugar
- 2 shots of cold brew concentrate
This drink isn’t overly difficult to create, but it does have a unique procedure. Start by placing the Kahlua, milk, cream of coconut, cinnamon, and sugar into a pot and heat on medium for 5-7 minutes. Now that your ingredients are hot, place them in a blender and blend on high until frothy. Warm up your concentrate in another pot, and then pour the froth and coffee into a glass.
14. Cold Drip Irish Coffee
- 10 oz of (diluted) cold drip
- 2 oz of Irish Whiskey
- 1 tsp of simple syrup
- 1 oz of fresh cream, or Bailey’s Irish Cream
An interesting twist on the classic Irish coffee recipe. Mix all the ingredients inside your cup. A fresh alternative is to whip up some heavy cream separately, and then use it to top of your drink. Because your drink is cold, the cream won’t dissolve as quickly, and will be a nice introduction for each sip.
15. Cold Brew Bourbon
- 8 oz of Chameleon Black Concentrate, or your own
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1 oz butterscotch liqueur
Bourbon is the sweeter, more laid back cousin of whiskey, and is meant for slow drinking. Couple this with the invigorating taste of cold brew, add a little bit of rich butterscotch liqueur to meld the flavors, and you’re ready for some patio lounging.
The recipe is simple enough: mix all of the ingredients in a shaker, and then pour in a tall glass over ice. The only thing left to do is parade out to the porch and smirk at the yahoos still sweating over their Lone Star beers.
16. Toddy Amaretto
- ½ oz of Amaretto
- ½ oz of Kahlua
- 6 oz of dark roast, CBC concentrate
- 1 scoop of chocolate ice cream
- 2 oz of iced water
- Whipped cream
Think of this concoction as the coffee shake, but all grown up and ready for the weekend. Unlike the Banoffee Smoothie, this soft serve doesn’t masquerade as anything healthy.
Just like anything involving a blender, the process is uncomplicated, just make sure you get your measurements right. Toss everything except the whipped cream into the blender and give it a healthy beating until frothy. Once everything is well mixed, pour it into a tall glass and top with a benevolent dose of whipped cream.
17. Toddy Suada Iced Coffee
- 4 oz of dark roast, cold drip concentrate
- 4 tbsp of sweetened condensed milk
“Cafe suada” is the westernized pronunciation of “ca phe sua da” (which means Vietnamese iced coffee) Even when we try and pronounce something the proper way we still end up westernizing the crap out of it.
Despite how interesting rhetoric can be (yawn), making a Vietnamese iced coffee with cold brew just seems obvious. The original recipe calls for strong hot coffee, so make sure you use the most potent cold drip you can whip up.
To make this drink all your own, toss all these ingredients in a cocktail shaker, fill it to the brim with ice, and give it a good shaking. Don’t strain; just pour it all into a tall glass, and you are done! Your beverage won’t have the same sharp bite that standard Vietnamese iced coffee does, but it will have an added layer of creaminess thanks to the cold drip.
18. Naughty Toddy
- 2 oz of CBC concentrate
- 5 oz of half & half
- 2 oz of sweet chocolate syrup
- 6-8 ice cubes
Simply mix everything up in a blender, give the top a good frothing, and then pour into your glass. Now sit back and enjoy this flashback to your elementary school days. Top it off with some sprinkles (naughty version) or some sliced banana and pretend you are being (somewhat) healthy.
19. Dark Moon
- 1 ½ cups of CBC concentrate
- ½ cup of coffee liqueur
- ½ cup of spiced rum
- 12 oz bottle of Mexican Coca-Cola
- ½ cup of heavy cream
Mexican Coca-Cola tastes sweeter and fuller than standard Coke because it uses natural cane sugar. The rounder body, only slightly less bubbly, and the added sweetness is just perfect when the sun is beating down your back.
To make the dark moon simply mix everything together and pour. The ingredients listed above make four drinks or one real drink (no judgement).
20. Toddy Yoga Cafe Blended
- 3 oz of cold brew
- ¾ cup of nonfat, frozen yogurt
- ½ cup of ice cubes
- 1 ½ tsp of honey
Throw all of your ingredients in blender and hold that button down until you get a thick, custard-like consistency. Spoon it out into your favorite mug (it is coffee after all) and chow down.
Did you enjoy our list? We did our best to find some exciting ways to use the cold brew concentrate. But if you know of a combination that we missed, let us know in the comments below.
If not, happy colbrewing!
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