Cold Brew Coffee

6 Barista-Worthy Uses for Cold Brew Coffee

Wake up, coffee lovers! Have you tried the cold brew trend? Big brands like Starbucks® and Dunkin’ Donuts® are now offering this small-batch, artisan-style coffee. Market research reports indicate cold brew sales have grown 300% in the U.S. since 2010. But you don’t have to head to your drive-thru or even the grocery store to get your cold caffeine fix.

The basic cold-brew coffee recipe is simple: grind the coffee coarsely (at home or wherever you buy the beans), and combine 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee with 40 fl. oz. of cold water in the Cold Brew Pitcher. Then, let it steep overnight (18–24 hours). The coffee will infuse the water, creating a strong, concentrated brew. Strain it in the morning, and you’re done!

The result is a smoother, sweeter, less acidic cup of coffee that’s totally in your control. Dilute it with ice or more water to get your perfect caffeine dose. Make homemade creamers and flavored syrups for a cup of joe just for you. Take that, $5 venti, caramel-vanilla, double-espresso, iced latte with fairy-dust sprinkles!

Here are 6 creative ways to turn your morning java jive into an anytime treat.

1. Coffee Float

Top your cold brew with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and a dollop of homemade whipped cream (made in just 30 seconds with the Whipped Cream Maker).

Coffee Floats

2. Iced Coffee

Serve cold brew at your next get together in the Family-Size Quick-Stir® Pitcher. Use the exclusive plunger to quickly combine your coffee concentrate with your choice of creamer and sweetener. Check out these four Iced Coffee Variations.

Iced Coffee

3. Coffee Milkshake

Pour cold brew coffee into the Manual Food Processor with your favorite chocolate, vanilla, or caramel ice cream for an irresistibly cool dessert. Make your milkshake even more amazing—use homemade ice cream from the Ice Cream Maker and add a little decoration with the Chocolate Drizzler.

Coffee Floats

4. Coffee Ice Cubes

Want a totally undiluted coffee experience? Make coffee ice cubes in the Herb Freezing Tray Set to add to your cold brew!

5. Coffee Granita

In a baking pan, mix cold brew coffee with sugar and water, then freeze. The Scoop Loop® is perfect for shaving the slushy, icy deliciousness into pretty serving bowls. Then, top it with whipped cream.

6. Coffee in Steak Marinade

Surprise! Make coffee an ingredient in your marinades. That coffee flavor is especially tasty with flank steak and skirt steak.

Try these coffee creations and tell us what you like in the comments below. Got more ideas for cold brew coffee? Share them here!

28 Responses to 6 Barista-Worthy Uses for Cold Brew Coffee

  1. Alita June 13, 2017 at 2:13 am #

    Yummy, delicious.

  2. Linda Stanley June 23, 2017 at 9:17 am #

    Ina Garten does this for a quick dessert: melts choc. chips or chocolate with a bit of cream, then add in COFFEE — can be strong, weak. Then, stir with whipped cream to make a tasty CHOCOLATE MOUSSE. You can google Ina Garten chocolate mousse with coffee. I’ve made it and the added coffee DOES add more flavor depth.

  3. Deedee June 24, 2017 at 7:40 am #

    How much is the Cold Coffee Brew from Pampered chef?

    • Regena Davidson July 10, 2017 at 9:29 am #

      The Cold Brew Pitcher is $59.50 and includes two strainers. One for coffee and one for brewing tea or infused water.

    • Tina Foster July 11, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

      It sells for $59.50.

  4. Elaine June 25, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    Can’t wait to try this out!!!

  5. Sam @coffeeteaclub June 25, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    Those pictures look great. Coffee is really a heaven gift… 🙂 -sam

    • Sue June 27, 2017 at 8:20 am #

      I agree sam- Cold/Hot black or with cream I haven’t meet a cup of “joe” I don’t like! Just recently went to Puerto Rico and it was amazing. Only brought home 4 bags and that wasn’t enough! Good thing Pampered Chef is sending my husband and I back there for FREE this year! May have to pack a second carry on.

  6. Arlene DeJesus June 27, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

    Need to know how it works

  7. Regena Davidson July 10, 2017 at 9:32 am #

    Arlene it is sooo easy to do. You literally put your coffee grinds into the funnel placed in the pitcher and put water (5 cups) over the grounds then let sit on counter 12-24 hrs.

  8. Tonya Donnelly July 11, 2017 at 6:46 pm #

    Really neat

  9. Heather July 20, 2017 at 9:18 pm #

    The live the idea of cold but I the morning I still love a hot cup of coffee. Any ideas???

    • Lynn S February 17, 2018 at 9:42 am #

      You can heat up a cold brew-the chain stores do it-it’s less acidic.

      • Betsy May 14, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

        Is it really less acidic? How about the level of caffeine is it the same as reg. hot brewed coffee. I have lots of issues with acid.

  10. Derek August 15, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

    My wife got this for me for my Bday. I love cold brew and am making the first batch tonight. But I wasn’t sure if this made a very strong concentrate? Do I need to dilute this with additional water when making a cup of coffee? Or do I just pour it right out of the carafe?

    • Lynn S February 17, 2018 at 9:43 am #

      Depends how strong you like it.

  11. Wendy September 20, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    I never thought I would like Iced Coffee…boy was i wrong. I think i like it better than hot actually.

  12. Jeanne Wilkins October 22, 2017 at 10:17 am #

    I bought the pitcher several months ago, but never used it. I was about to give it away, and was looking for online instructions, when I saw this site. So glad I didn’t offer it to anyone…it’s MINE! Lol, can’t wait to try some of these recipes, I have friends visiting for Thanksgiving, it will be wonderful! Thank you so much!

  13. Robin July 7, 2019 at 9:48 am #

    I had no idea. My hubby loves these

  14. Cheryl September 17, 2019 at 6:02 am #

    I can’t figure it how to get it very strong. I have tried 2 different kinds of coffee and added the max on grounds. I love cold brew and LOVE the idea of making it at home but I can’t get it as strong as cold brew from the shop. Any ideas I can try?

    • Karen March 25, 2021 at 10:05 am #

      I use expresso grounds, nice and strong.

  15. Sunday December 19, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

    Can this be used with hot water to make regular coffee instead of cold? Sometimes I just don’t want to use the coffee maker to make a couple of cups and thought this might work as a pour-over coffee maker? Anyone tried it?

    • Karen March 25, 2021 at 10:08 am #

      Yes, I make ahead of time, freeze in cubes, then thaw with microwave, mix with your choice to dilute to taste, back in microwave and heat. Yummy and quick. Frozen expresso cubes are kept in freezer bags in my freezer for easy access.

  16. Earlene January 30, 2023 at 5:26 am #

    A coffee float sounds great!!!

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