More and more, coffee lovers are turning to cold drinks, especially in the heat of the summer. Rather than seeking the perfect cold brew from a local shop, create your own. You can store a concentrate in your refrigerator and add it to your drink later, along with the rest of the ingredients.
Coffee tends to have a nutty taste to it anyway, so adding almond just brings out that underlying hint.
12oz freshly ground coffee
2-3 cups cold brew concentrate
1/4 t almond extract per 2 cups of concentrate
Sugar to taste
There’s nothing complicated about this delicious iced coffee recipe. Simply measure out approximately 2 cups of cold brew concentrate – which you can find pretty much anywhere these days, but I indulged in a store-bought version from Stumptown – a favorite roaster of mine. However you can make your concentrate at home. I’ve included that bit below.
Next, mix 1/4 t almond extract into your concentrate and freeze in an ice cube tray for 4-6 hours, preferably overnight.
Step 3, make (or buy!) iced coffee. I used the excuse to get myself a Chemex and make some good pour-over coffee and put it in the fridge for four hours.
Finally, fill a high ball with your coffee concentrate ice cubes, pour your iced coffee until the glass is about 2/3’s full and then fill the rest with your favorite almond milk. Give it a mix and enjoy! The almond flavor will intensify as your ice cubes melt. As will your level of caffeination so watch out.
Home-made cold brew concentrate: combine 12 oz freshly ground coffee and gradually add 7 cups cold water in a jar or bowl and stir gently until all coffee is moistened. Let sit covered in cheese cloth at room temperature for at least 8 hours or overnight.
The next morning, line a fine mesh sieve with the cheese cloth and pour mixture through into a clean pitcher to strain coffee concentrate, removing all the grinds. Clean out the jar you just used and put a coffee filter in your sieve. Pour your coffee through the filter into the jar. This could take up to 30-45 minutes for it all to drip through. Store the cold coffee in a sealed jar in the fridge.