Refreshing Cold-Brewed Coffee Recipe for Summer Mornings

Fair coffee-enthusiasts, lend me your ears! For I bring you a recipe that will change the way you perceive coffee for eternity. I present to you: Cold-Brewed Coffee Recipe – a refreshing and invigorating twist on the classic dark-roasted beverage.

Now, some of you may be more accustomed to ordering hot coffee, but let me tell you, cold brew is an experience on its own. The process of making this beverage is as gentle as a lover’s touch but yields bold and smooth results. Unlike traditional hot coffee brewing methods, cold brew involves using time instead of heat to extract flavors from ground coffee beans.

This recipe article will divulge all the secrets behind mastering the perfect cold-brewed coffee; from the ingredients needed (minimal!), the method of preparation (a breeze!), tips and tricks for ideal brewing (super easy!) to substitutions that won’t alter its exquisite taste (trust me). Here at my humble café, we’ve sworn by this recipe for years, and now it’s time for you to join us and put your own twist into it at home.

Get ready to taste iced coffee like never before – smooth, bold, and energizing. Be prepared to have your taste buds captivated by this elixir of life!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cold-Brewed Coffee
Cold-Brewed Coffee

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If you’re a coffee lover like me, then you must know the sacred ritual of brewing coffee at the comfort of your own home. However, some days, the scorching heat makes it impossible to enjoy a hot cup of Joe without feeling overheated. In moments like these, I’m sure you wish for an alternative to enjoy your favorite caffeine beverage without feeling like you’re sitting in a sauna.

Well, my dear friends, have no fear because cold-brewed coffee is here! And trust me when I say that this coffee recipe is not only convenient but also absolutely delightful.

What’s so great about this recipe? For starters, it requires minimal effort and time from your end. All you need is some coarsely ground coffee beans and cold water left overnight to brew. You don’t need any fancy machines or equipment making it a great option for those of us who don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.

And here’s the best part: this recipe is adaptable to any taste preferences! If you prefer stronger coffee, increase the ratio of ground coffee to water. Alternatively, if you prefer sweetened coffee, add some milk or sweeteners to your taste once the concentrate is ready.

With this recipe at your fingertips, you can take advantage of its convenience several days in advance by storing it in the refrigerator for up to a week! This way, whenever you have a craving for iced coffee or need that early morning pick-me-up, you can quickly pour yourself a glass and enjoy.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for an effortless way to enjoy refreshing iced-coffee with minimal effort involved – then this cold-brewed coffee recipe is perfect for you! It’s simple, quick and adaptable to any taste preference. So why not try it out today? Trust me when I say that once you’ll taste it, there will be no going back to hot coffee again.

Ingredient List

 A perfect way to cool down on a hot day
A perfect way to cool down on a hot day

Ingredients Needed for Delicious Cold-Brewed Coffee Recipe

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to brew a delicious cup of cold-brew coffee at home:

  • 1 cup coarsely ground coffee beans
  • 4 cups cold water
  • Optional: milk or cream, simple syrup, or ice

Note: It’s important to use coarsely ground coffee for the best results. Finely ground coffee can create a bitter taste and muddy texture in your final product.

If you prefer a stronger brew, increase the amount of coffee by 1.5 ounces weight (about 1/3 cup) per every 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) of water.

When it comes to water, it’s best to use cold filtered water instead of tap water. Tap water can have impurities that affect the flavor and aroma of your coffee.

Now, let’s move on to the how-to section to start brewing your own cup of delicious cold-brewed coffee!

The Recipe How-To

 Smooth, rich, and never bitter
Smooth, rich, and never bitter

Step 1: Grind the coffee beans coarsely

First, grind the coffee beans in a burr grinder or blade grinder. To make cold brew coffee, you need coarsely ground coffee rather than fine. Grinding will break down the beans and make them easier to extract when you pour cold water over them. Measure one ounce weight (about 1/2 cup) coarse-ground coffee per 1 cup of water.

Step 2: Mix Ground Coffee and Water

In a jar or container stir together coffee and water. Mix 1 1/2 cups of coarsely ground coffee with three cups of cold filtered water for the best cold brew concentrate water ratio. This is the recommended ratio for making a rich and smooth cold brew concentrate. Feel free to experiment with other ratios or coffee to water ratios to find what works best for you.

Step 3: Let Rest at Room Temperature

Let rest at room temperature for around 12 hours, (preferably overnight). The longer you let it steep, the stronger and less acidic it will be. A coarse grind is paramount to making great cold-brewed coffee because it allows for a slower extraction process that creates fewer acids.

Step 4: Strain the Coffee Concentrate

After your cold brew has had time to sit undisturbed, place a fine mesh strainer over a large measuring cup or bowl, then line the strainer with cheesecloth or paper filter. Slowly pour the coffee concentrate into the strainer into another jar. Repeat until all of the grounds have been filtered out, pressing on the cheesecloth with a spoon as necessary, extracting as much liquid as possible.

Step 5: Dilute With Water or Milk

Finally, dilute your cold brew concentrate with cold water (for black coffee) or milk (for creamy drinks). To make this recipe for iced coffee cold brew, fill a glass with ice and pour the cold-brewed coffee until it’s about two-thirds full. Add cold water to the top and stir. Opt for about a 2-to-1 ratio of coffee concentrate to water. Serve over ice.

Congratulations! You just learned how to make cold-brewed coffee at home.

Substitutions and Variations

 Take your iced coffee to the next level
Take your iced coffee to the next level

Hark! Shouldst thee desire a variation to this recipe for Cold-Brewed Coffee, there are options aplenty that may suit thy fancy. Firstly, the type of beans thou choosest shall greatly affect the taste of thy coffee. If thou preferst a sweeter flavor, try using medium or light roast beans. On the other hand, shouldst thou preferst a bolder and stronger flavor profile, dark roast beans shall serve thee well.

Furthermore, milk or cream may be added to the cold brew concentrate for those who prefer a creamier beverage, or to make iced coffees or mochas. Almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk or oat milk can also be used as a non-dairy alternative.

Should thou find thyself without a fine-mesh strainer, fret not! A French press shall serve thee just as well to filter out the grounds. The ratio of water to ground coffee can also be adjusted to thy personal preference with ratios ranging from 1:2 to 1:3.

Another variation is to mix the cold brew concentrate with hot water to make black coffee. The ratio of concentrate to water should be 1:2 for best results.

Shouldst thou wish for something even more refreshing on a hot summer’s day, try using cold filtered water instead of room temperature water in thy initial brewing process. This method shall produce a smooth and crisp taste profile. Additionally, thou can also experiment with different brewing vessels such as a mason jar or a pitcher.

That being said, I highly recommend following this tried and true recipe before venturing into further experimentation with new flavors and techniques. May thy thirst for delicious cold brew coffee be forever quenched!

Serving and Pairing

 Cold brew that's easy on the wallet and high on taste
Cold brew that’s easy on the wallet and high on taste

Thou hast made a wondrous cold-brewed coffee, now comes the most exciting part—serving and pairing it! This brew is perfect for anyone looking for an iced coffee that’s smooth, mellow, and not too acidic. And as a barista, I can assure thee that this brew is sure to impress even the finest palates.

To serve, thou mayest pour thy cold-brewed coffee over ice, and if desired, add milk or other flavorful toppings such as whipped cream or chocolate sauce. Thou mayest also garnish with a lemon peel or mint leaves for a bit of extra flair.

Thou mayest also pair thy cold-brewed coffee with sweet pastries like croissants, scones, or muffins. The nutty taste of caramelized brew paired with chocolatey treats makes any day seem brighter. Also, day-old cheese sandwiches have been known to be the best pairing for this kind of coffee.

For those in the mood for something more substantial, a breakfast burrito or scrambled eggs on toast are ideal pairings. The hearty flavors complement the pleasant bitterness of the brew to create a balanced flavor awaking one’s inner senses.

Thou must remember that this brew concentrate is versatile and can be used in many ways aside from making an iced coffee. Mix equal parts of your cold-brew concentrate with hot water and prepare it as you would prepare your black coffee.

Thou art now ready to impress all thy friends and enchant them with the magic of cold-brewed coffee!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Serve over ice with a splash of milk for a creamy treat
Serve over ice with a splash of milk for a creamy treat

Once you’ve brewed your cold-brewed coffee concentrate, you can store it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to two weeks. This makes it an ideal recipe to prepare ahead of time.

When it comes to reheating, some may prefer their cold-brewed coffee hot. To do this, take one part coffee concentrate and mix it with two parts hot water. You can also heat it on the stove or in a microwave until it reaches your desired temperature.

However, keep in mind that the beauty of cold-brewed coffee lies in its smooth and rich taste, which can be enjoyed either hot or cold. So feel free to skip reheating and simply pour the concentrate over ice for an iced coffee at any time.

You can also use your cold-brewed coffee as a base for various drinks such as mochas, lattes or simply add some milk and sugar for a flavorful cup of black coffee.

No matter how you decide to enjoy your cold-brewed coffee, make sure to experiment with different ratios, brewing times, and methods until you find the perfect combination that suits your taste buds.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Perfect for lazy mornings when hot coffee just won't cut it
Perfect for lazy mornings when hot coffee just won’t cut it

To achieve the perfect cold-brewed coffee, there are a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned from my years of experience. Here are some of my tried and tested tips to ensure that your cold brew is top-notch every time.

Firstly, be mindful of your coffee grind. For the best cold brew, use coarsely ground coffee beans. Finely ground coffee can result in a cloudy and bitter brew. Coarsely ground coffee allows for optimum flavor extraction and avoids any sediment formation in the final product.

Secondly, ensure that the water-to-coffee ratio is well balanced. The ideal ratio of water to ground coffee is 4 cups of cold water to 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee. This yields a concentrated cold-brewed concentrate that can be diluted with water or milk to your desired strength.

Another tip is to let your coffee mixture rest for at least 12 hours at room temperature or overnight in the fridge. This will allow the flavors to develop fully and produce a smooth and mellow finish.

Using filtered water, as opposed to tap water, will also enhance the overall taste of your cold-brewed coffee by removing any impurities that could affect the flavor profile.

Lastly, investing in a fine-mesh strainer or using a French press will help you separate any loose sediments from your final brew, producing a cleaner and smoother result.

By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to create a perfect cup of cold-brewed coffee every time. So grab your mason jar, stir up some delicious coarsely ground coffee, and enjoy one of the best cold drinks under the sun!


Before wrapping up, let me address some FAQs that may have come up in your mind while going through the cold-brewed coffee recipe. Read on to find out the answers to some common questions I usually get asked about cold-brewing coffee at home.

What is the best ratio for cold brew coffee?

When it comes to the preferred ratio for cold brew, the majority of customers opt for a concentrate-to-water blend ranging between 2:1 and 1:1. Those who enjoy a bolder flavor typically lean towards the 2:1 ratio, while those that prefer a milder taste go with the 1:1 blend.

How to make cold brew coffee at home?

I suggest making your own cold brew coffee by mixing coffee and 1.5 cups of cold water in a jar. Once evenly stirred, cover the jar and let it rest at room temperature for approximately 12 hours, or overnight. To get a clean texture, strain the mixture twice using a coffee filter, fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth-lined sieve. Finally, combine equal parts of coffee concentrate and water in a tall glass filled with ice, or adjust to your preference. Enjoy!

How much coffee do you put in cold brew?

When preparing basic cold brew coffee, the ideal ratio is 1:1. This implies that for every cup of water, you ought to use an ounce of coarsely ground coffee. This amount measures approximately a quarter of a cup of whole coffee beans, producing around half a cup of ground coffee. For those who prefer the metric system, 1 ounce translates to 28 grams.

Can you use regular ground coffee for cold brew?

When it comes to cold brew, the type of coffee bean you use is up to you. However, it’s important to note that the size of the grind is crucial. For the perfect cold brew, you’ll need coarse ground coffee.

Bottom Line

Now that you know how to make the perfect cold-brewed coffee at home, why not give it a try? It’s an easy and cost-effective way to enjoy your favorite coffee drinks without having to go out to a cafe or spend a fortune.

By using the right water-to-coffee ratio, coarsely ground coffee beans, and letting it steep for at least 12 hours, you’ll end up with a delicious and smooth cold-brew concentrate that can be used in a variety of ways. From iced coffees to mochas, the possibilities are endless.

So next time you’re craving a cold coffee beverage, skip the Starbucks line and make your own at home with this simple yet effective cold-brew coffee recipe.

Cold-Brewed Coffee

Cold-Brewed Coffee Recipe

A friend just gave me this recipe and I made it up as an alternative for our workday morning coffee. Although it's recommended for iced coffee, it works equally well for hot coffee -- and it's EXTREMELY easy to put together in the morning, since you don't have to fuss with equipment or with cleaning. My husband's view (he's the coffee drinker in the family) was that it made very good hot coffee, but GREAT iced coffee.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 hrs
Course Beverage
Cuisine Global


  • 1/3 cup ground coffee
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  • Stir together the coffee grounds and water.
  • Cover and let sit overnight.
  • Strain through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer. Strain 2-3 times to remove grounds and silt.
  • This creates a concentrate; to dilute to appropriate proportions, add one part water to one part coffee (i.e., use 1/2 cup coffee concentrate and 1/2 cup water). Add water or coffee concentrate to adjust to your personal tastes.
  • For hot coffee, put it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
  • For iced coffee, refrigerate and serve over ice.

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Serving: 178gSodium: 5.3mg
Keyword Beginner Cook, Beverages, Brunch, Easy
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