Cold brew coffee recipes and iced coffee have long been our afternoon summer drink choices.
Today I’m sharing delicious cold brew coffee recipes including our frugal iced coffee version.
There’s a difference between our quick cold brew coffee (iced coffee) and authentic cold brew concentrate.
I’ll explain the process below and you can decide for yourselves which to make.
Perhaps you’ll want to make both although either way the money you save is worth the process.
For creamy summer drink recipes, we turn to fruit smoothies with keto-friendly berries, coconut milk, almond milk, or macadamia nut milk.
Save Money Making Cold Brew Recipes At Home
Back in 2012 I wrote a blog post about the costs of buying coffee at the shops vs. making it at home.
The post was sincere and definitely an eye opener for anyone who didn’t realize how costly it was.
Local coffee shops such as Starbucks, Tim Hortons and McDonald’s are swamped this time of year.
While going through the parking lot of a shopping centre I noticed that McDonald’s offers $1 iced coffee.
Forget about buying iced coffee as I’ll show you how to make it at home for nickels.
Small Expenses Add Up
It has always been the small expenses that boost budget costs due to failure of recognition.
A few dollars here and there 2 or 3 times a day calculates into hundreds of dollars a month.
Besides the financial aspect of buying cold brew coffee creations I wanted to explore new recipes.
Let me show you how to save your budget from exploding by making cold brew coffees at home.
How To Make Instant Cold Brew Coffee (Iced Coffee)
While at Zehrs last week and Costco I noticed both stores carry cans of cold brew.
Every time I see this I have to laugh only because I thought cold brew is just cold coffee.
It’s not although the way we make it costs significantly less but comes with taste differences.
Every 2 days we take a Tupperware pitcher, add 4 tablespoons of instant coffee and hot water.
Our way is typically called “iced coffee”, is quicker and cheaper because it takes less time.
We stir it up brewed black coffee and refrigerate it until it is chilled and ready to use.
That’s it my friends. Black coffee that is cold = Iced Coffee Cold Brew in the CBB house.
Add a shot of cold espresso following the same procedure.
How To Make Authentic Cold Brew Coffee
Little did I know but authentic cold brew coffee that you get at specialty shops takes time.
In fact, cold brew concentrate takes up to 12 hours and tastes sweeter, smoother, and has less acidity.
This is why there is a planning process for businesses who use true cold brew concentrate.
Once the coffee beans are filtered the concentrate is best used with-in 2 days for best results.
Cold-brew coffee, however, is made by steeping coarsely ground coffee beans in room-temperature water for six to 12 hours. This creates a coffee concentrate you mix with cold water or milk. … (According to some estimates, “cold-brewed coffee is 67 percent less acidic than hot-brewed.”)Vinepair.com
When the shop runs out of the cold brew concentrate they are done for the day until more is made.
This is also why you will pay the high prices for cold brew from shops such as Starbucks.
Time is money as are good coffee beans.
Whether you make our frugal CBB version that you might know as “Iced coffee” or the “cold brew” both are cheaper made at home.
Now to the fun part, cold brew coffee recipe creations.
Simple CBB Cold Brew Coffee Recipe (Iced Coffee)
As mentioned we make a pitcher of the quick version cold brew coffee at home as our base.
The following ingredients are added to make our Iced Cold Brew Coffee.
You can use this base quick recipe and add whatever flavours or sauces and toppings you prefer.
- 1 cup cold brew coffee (iced coffee)
- 2 cups Unsweetened Macadamia Nut Milk or Oat Milk
- 1 tablespoon S’more skinny syrup or salted caramel skinny syrup
- 4 ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon whipping cream blended with a milk frother until whipped for topping
Authentic Cold Brew Concentrate Recipe Ingredients
The good folks over at vinepair have the best and only cold brew concentrate recipe you’ll need.
Although it may cost you a bit more it’s nothing compared to daily stops at fancy coffee shops.
As you can see making cold brew concentrate is easy to do but time-consuming. Worth it though.
Below is a mason jar sitting on our counter with fair trade 100% Columbian coffee beans.
In 12 hours that jar will be authentic cold brew concentrate to use in any cold or iced coffee drink.
Kitchen Essentials For Making Cold Brew Coffee Recipes
Once the cold brew is cold it’s time for us to make our favourite iced coffee recipes the frugal way.
Our cold brew recipes are simple but if you like whipped cream and sauces go ahead and add them.
We’ve made a salted caramel cold brew coffee with whipped cream and homemade sugar-free caramel sauce.
Yes, it was delicious and it didn’t cost us $6-$8 to make a big glass per person.
By far our top cold brew coffee recipe is the Dalgona whipped coffee which can be made hot or cold.
If you want to be summer ready to serve cold brew coffee recipes here’s what we stock in our kitchen.
We have both a hand mixer that is battery operated and a cold and hot whipped cream frother.
Both are inexpensive and purchased from Amazon Canada by us and highly recommend.
If you make authentic cold brew all you’ll need is a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth (Dollar Store) and coffee beans.
Products For Summer Cold Brew Coffee and Iced Coffee
If you are going camping this summer stock up and bring these coffee essentials with you.
- Whole Coffee Beans
- Strainer or cheesecloth
- Instant Nescafe Coffee
- Instant Espresso
- Sugar or keto-friendly sweeteners
- Various extracts: pure vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon extract, etc.
- Unsweetened/Sweetened coconut milk, coconut cream
- Almond milk sweetened or unsweetened
- Macadamia nut milk unsweetened
- Sukrin Gold Sugar-Free Brown Sugar (amazing)
- Oat Milk sweetened or unsweetened
- Coconut Oil (great for making chocolate sauce)
- 35% Whipping cream
- 10% cream
- Chocolate Chips sweetened and unsweetened chocolate chips
- Various nuts: Almonds, slivered almonds, walnuts, pecans, cacao nibs, shredded coconut
- Hemp hearts
- Maple Syrup and Sugar-Free Maple Syrup
- Frozen berries: Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, mulberries, and rhubarb. (yes I know that’s not a berry).
Flavoured syrups from Jordan’s Skinny Syrups or Torani Syrups both of which you can buy on Amazon Canada.
You can purchase the sugar-free versions or the regular coffee syrups.
- Salted Caramel
- Butter Toffee
- Peanut Butter Cup
- Irish Cream *this one was pretty awesome too.
- Brown Sugar Cinnamon
- Vanilla Caramel Creme
- Glazed Donut
You may want to add to the list but we try to keep our pantry stocked for the summer.
Tall clear glasses are great to show off your cold brew recipes to friends and family.
8 Ultimate Cold Brew Coffee Recipes
As well, if you have Irish cream, Whiskey, Vodka, Gin, Tia Maria, or Rum include a shot in your favourite cold brew recipes.
Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
Cold Brew Iced Tea
Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
Cold Brew Recipe With Cinnamon Almond Milk Foam
Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew Coffee Recipe
S’mores Cold Brew Coffee
Iced Coffee Lemonade Recipe
Check out my favourite Starbucks Copy Cat drink recipes that are popular year round.
Recent CBB Posts That You May Have Missed
Below is a recap of the blog posts I’ve published in the past week.
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The CBB Pinterest account along with many other business accounts have tanked considerably.
It has to do with changes made at Pinterest but it has substantially hurt my traffic.
If you could pin one of Canadian Budget Binder blog posts or recipes to your boards that will help.
Support CBB and I’ll continue working to bring you the best information in frugal living and finance.
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- 16 Interview Questions To Ask A Realtor Before Hiring Them
New Updated Posts
THOUGHTS CORNER BY MR.CBB
When this quote came to mind all I could think about was when I moved to Canada.
I wasn’t sure what my place was in a new country but I didn’t let that stop me.
There was a time where I thought I had to follow what other people did to get to know how to act.
That’s no longer the case as I know that if I want to be the best version of myself that I need to stand out from the crowd.
Don’t be afraid to be different whether that be the way you dress, look or the lifestyle that you lead.
Just Be You.
Landscape And Garden Tip Of The Week
We have many of our herbs and vegetables in mixed size pots which is similar to a raised bed garden.
What I found interesting was by adding mulch to the raised garden would also help preserve moisture.
I also noticed at our community garden that one gardener put a plastic sheet over the 4×12 garden plot to keep the moisture in.
After you have finished planting your garden, you need to mulch with straw, manure, leaves, or wood chips.
Not only does this keep your soil moist but reduces the amount of watering your garden need. If you leave your soil exposed in the raised bed the moisture will quickly dry out.Fight For Prosperity Gardening
SATURDAY SEARCH TERM GIGGLES
These are keywords that readers typed into their search engine and landed on this blog.
I get quite a few of these every single day and pick some of the best to feature right here.
- Coughing in a store and getting banned– Why do I get the feeling lots of people are scared to cough anywhere?
- Stealing from a grocery store – This is never a smart option as there are many community services.
- How to write a cheque? – That’s a fair question since cheques are not used like they were in the past.
- Junk Drawer Junk – Haha, I have a junk drawer filled with odd items such as candles, batteries, etc.
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