How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee

I first heard about cold-brewing coffee about 6 months ago and it has changed my life. I always loved iced coffee, but never really perfected it… until now. I tried everything! I would brew coffee and put it in the freezer until an ice layer formed at the top. I would make extra strong coffee and just dump ice in it. I would brew coffee then put it in the fridge for the next day. Nothing seemed to come out tasting that great.

I ran across a cold-brew “recipe” in Food Network Magazine one day and decided to finally give it a go. The gist of the recipe was just a ratio – 1 cup of coffee grounds to 1.5 cups of water. Here is my method:

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf

 

Select the coffee you want to use. I prefer Dunkin Donuts brand. Two regular size coffee bags is equal to 6 cups of grounds. Put it into a large bowl or pot and add 9 cups of filtered water (I just take it from my fridge dispenser). Stir it together and cover. Let it brew for 12-24 hours.

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf

 

You’ll need a fine mesh strainer and some type of container to collect the concentrate. If you don’t have a fine mesh strainer, you could use a regular strainer lined with coffee filters. Using a ladle, run the grounds through the strainer and be sure to press the grounds (I use the back of the ladle) to push all the water out.

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf

 

Once finished, pour your concentrate into a sealable container. The concentrate is good for up to 1 week. My recipe yields just under 3 mason jars full.

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf

 

Now the best part… make yourself some awesome cold-brew coffee!

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf

 

For this particular batch, I have:

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf

 

Pour in a small amount of the concentrate. You can see I fill up approximately 1/4 of the mason jar with ice in it. I then add 2-3 pumps of the syrup and a little creamer. The mason jar is about 1/2 full now, then just add water!

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf

 

Put cuppow on, cover the openings with your fingers and SHAKE IT UP! That’s it! Best coffee EVER.

How to Make Cold-Brew Coffee from lamb + wolf

 

I don’t think I’ll ever make hot coffee again. I’m sold for life. I hope you like it just as much as I do!

xo Katie

(Full Recipe Below)

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Cold-Brew Coffee Recipe

  • 2 bags of coffee of your choice (6 cups of coffee grounds)
  • 9 cups of filtered water
  • creamer of your choice (optional)
  • flavored syrup (optional)
  • water (milk optional)

Mix coffee grounds and filtered water together in a large bowl or pot. Cover and let brew for 12-24 hours. Using a fine mesh strainer and pitcher, strain the coffee grounds making sure to press out excess water into the pitcher. This is your coffee concentrate. Pour it into containers to store in your fridge. The concentrate is good up to 1 week.

To make coffee, fill a glass with ice and add a small amount of coffee concentrate (you may have to play around with the amount you use depending on how you like your coffee to taste). Add in creamer and flavored syrup if you wish. Then fill the rest of the glass with cold water (or milk). Stir and drink!

Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Frappucino

With October closing out and still a love of all things pumpkin spice… I thought I’d share a new recipe for Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Frappucino. I recently tried a recipe for a Pumpkin Spice Frappucino that I was no impressed with (it tasted watery), so I decided to come up with my own recipe.

Here it is…

Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Frappucino

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, roughly chopped
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup coffee, cooled to room temperature
  • 5 large scoops vanilla ice cream

Heat the milk, pumpkin puree, spices and vanilla in a sauce pan until it just starts to simmer and remove form heat.

Add the chocolate and stir until it has melted. Let cool to room temperature. Makes approx 4 cups. (Can drink alone as Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate)

In blender, put in 1 cup coffee, 1 cup of pumpkin spice white chocolate mix, and ice cream. Blend until thick.

Pour in cups and top with whip cream and cinnamon.

Pumpkin Spice Lactation Cookies

Having a baby is certainly a feat… but breastfeeding is another feat all on its own. I had read prior to giving birth that breastfeeding was going to be difficult at first, but sticking with it would be rewarding in the end. This statement is absolutely true, at least for me. It was extremely painful, we had a bad latch, Lachlyn was losing weight and there was concern that I wasn’t producing enough milk.

Now, being told that maybe my milk supply was low was really disheartening. It didn’t matter how many stories I had read or people had reassured me that you can make enough milk for your baby, I still felt like I was failing and starving my baby. After days… weeks even, of pumping and recording my output, I realized I did not in fact have a low milk supply. It was definitely an emotional time and caused me a lot of stress.

In an effort to increase my (supposedly low) milk supply, I searched recipes for lactation cookies. I honestly don’t know if they increased my supply or not, but they are really tasty! In the spirit of October… Halloween… my birthday… and fall weather, I wanted to create a Pumpkin Spice Lactation Cookie. Here is my recipe:

Pumpkin Spice Lactation Cookies (adapted from this recipe)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes.

In a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar and brown sugar until creamed. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing in thoroughly after each egg. Add the flaxseed meal/water mixture and the vanilla and mix. Add in the pumpkin puree and mix until incorporated.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and brewer’s yeast. Stir the flour mix into the wet ingredients on low until completely blended. Add the oats, mixing well. Finally stir in the chopped pumpkin spice Hershey Kisses.

Use non-stick cookie sheets or a silpat on your cookie sheets. Spoon cookie dough onto cookie sheets (approx 1 tbsp dough per cookie) about 2″ apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Cool cookies on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack for final cooling. Enjoy!