A lot of this website is about whiskey and cocktails, but I also have a love for good coffee. So I would like to take a moment to write up on the cold brew method. Not only can cold brew coffee be enjoyed as your morning cup o’ joe, but can also be used in various cocktail recipes.
A 4:1 works well for cold brew, but the ratio can be played around with depending on your preference of strength. Cold brew is already strong, but I tend to make it even stronger with a 3:1 ratio. Which calculates to me using 8 ounces of beans and 24 ounces of filtered water. I’ve been using a 32 ounce mason jar, but you can use any type of glass jar as long as it seals well.
For the coffee beans, you’ll want to use a coarse grind, much like one you’d use for a French press brew. Combine the beans and water in your container, give a good stir and close tightly. Store in a preferably dark and cool place, though keeping it on the countertop also works. Important thing is to keep away from direct sunlight and heat. It’s best to let cold brew chill for at least 8 hours, though ideal brew time is 24 to 36 hours. The longer it brews, the stronger the final extraction.
Once it has brewed, it’s time to filter this amazing elixir. There are a few different ways you can approach filtration, but you’ll definitely need a refrigerator safe container for storage. First option for filtering the cold brew is using the same equipment you’d use for making a pour over coffee. Secondly is filtering your brew through cheese cloth into your destination container. A third option is using the filtration and carafe system on your coffee maker.
If filtering is something you don’t want to bother with afterwards, one trick is keep the coffee grounds in some cheese cloth while the cold brew is brewing. Then simply take it out once the brew is done and you’re good to go.
Time To Enjoy
For storage, it’s best to keep it in the fridge and is typically best used within 10 days. When it’s a hot day out, or just need an extra strong coffee, enjoy your cold brew over some ice and prep it with or without your milk of choice. Or even making a cold brew affogato!
Want to take it a step further and have something to make a unique Old Fashioned? Check out the recipe for a Cold Brew Simple Syrup.