Make Your Cold Brew Taste Like Bourbon

Cold Brew two drinks

Cold brewing coffee is a beautiful thing. It’s easy to do at home, and it’s easy to alter ratios and times to get sweet, syrupy notes that can even resemble a liquor taste. Given the right recipe, you can make your cold brew taste like bourbon for a great coffee mocktail or an edgier morning vibe.

It’s easy to cold brew in all kinds of containers, including French presses and Mason jars. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Get a groovy, medium-roast coffee like our espresso blend Nizza or our fruity Ethiopian Ardi.
  2. We’re using a 1:4 coffee to water ratio, so depending on the size of your cold brewer, measure out 170g (or 2 cups) of coarsely ground coffee (think sea salt).
  3. Pour 680g (or 3 cups) of room-temperature water over the grounds, evenly wetting them through and gently stirring out clumps.
  4. Cover the mixture and leave on the counter for 8-12 hours. No need to refrigerate while it’s brewing.
  5. After about 10 hours, filter the ground out through a Chemex filter or cheese cloth Cold brewing in a French press makes this part easy, but you’ll get a heavier body on it. Filter through a Chemex filter to get a really clean taste and body for your bourbon-style cold brew.
  6. Once filtered, stick your cold brew in the fridge. When it’s cold, it should have sweet, bright notes and a distinct liquor taste. If it’s more round and chocolate-y, try decreasing your brew time to closer to 8 hours.
  7. If you’re feeling really fancy, serve it on a large ice cube with an orange wedge on the side.  A dash of simple syrup and you’ve got an Old-Fashioned coffee mocktail.

Pro tip! If you’re more of a Manhattan drinker, make it a blend of Ardi and Nizza for a fruity, complex flavor.



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3 Comments on Make Your Cold Brew Taste Like Bourbon

  1. pictures help (bartending-challenged) // May 26, 2016 at 10:35 am // Reply

    Thank goodness for me there is a picture. When you said put it ‘on a large ice cube,’ I thought I was going to have to get creative and make a large ice cube (brick, maybe) with our child’s sand mold brick, putting it in the freezer, upside down with water.

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  2. it can wait until after the holiday (not important) // May 29, 2016 at 11:09 am // Reply

    I know I am a pain in the arse, but, just catching up on the whole twitter thing: Does a promoted tweet mean that you all would recommend that third party to your mothers? Also, how do we find out who won the bike gear (We assume it wasn’t us. It’s just fun, for some unknown reason, to know who won or you can’t tell us for privacy reasons.)?

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