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How To Make Cold Brew Coffee At Home


How To Make Cold Brew Coffee:
And 3 delicious cold brew cocktails. 

Recipes in this article: 
Cold Brew Coffee / Coffee Manhattan / Coffee & TonicThe Shakerato / Iced Coffee


Cold Brew Coffee’s popularity takes off in the hot summer months. It’s refreshing, it’s easy to make and the flavour profile is different than a regular cup of coffee – a lot of body, less acidity and more apparent sweetness

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

To be clear, we’re not talking about cold coffee or something blended like a Frappuccino. This is beans brewed in cold water which creates a different style of coffee. Occasionally called Cold Pressed Coffee, it’s become better known as Cold Brew Coffee.

 Not only great on its own, it’s almost better as a base for cocktails (and mocktails) and as a base in everyday beverages. You can even make iced coffee from this.

Try a splash in the morning smoothie to perk up the flavour and effects or blended with a pre- or post-workout protein shake, added to ice cream or even added to BBQ sauce.

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The benefits of Cold Brewing Coffee

  • Less acids: Makes it taste sweeter
  • More caffeine: Cold brew requires more coffee beans than regular hot brewing methods (more beans = more caffeine).
  • Longer shelf life: Because the coffee is brewed and served cold, it will oxidize slower and therefore taste better for longer (maximum 3 days, but some people might find a longer time acceptable).

From the simple and impressive Shakerato (recipe below) to the the deep and delicious Coffee Manhattan (recipe below), cold brew has a way of perking things up. Here are some of our favourite recipes:


Cold Brew Coffee (Concentrate)

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

This recipe creates a concentrated cold brew base that can be diluted to a refreshing drink or added into summer favourites to add a deep, delicious kick.

Although there are lots of recipes out there for a simple cold brew, we don’t necessarily like most. We’re picky and cold brew can taste tin-like and watery if not done right. Follow these simple steps to get a rich, sweet brew:

Makes 1L

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 24 hours

What you’ll need:

90g of Punch Buggy Espresso

1L of filtered cold water

1L Mason jar (or multiple that add up to a little over a liter)



  1. Grind 90g of Punch Buggy Espresso on a medium setting (this is key). A burr grinder is preferable.
  2. Add the coffee to the mason jar and fill the jar with cold or room temperature water until full. (try and get this as full as possible with little to no head space)
  3. Add the lid and turn the jar over a few times to mix. Place the jar in the fridge. Mix again after 12 hours.
  4. Place 3 or more layers of cheesecloth in a strainer and the strainer over a bowl. After 24 hours brewing, pour through the cheesecloth. For a cleaner cup, pour through a paper coffee filter.
  5. Done! Store in the fridge for 3 days. Dilute with ice and water to taste or add to your favourite drink.


Coffee Manhattan 

How To Make A Coffee Manhattan

One we also like to call "Night Drive", this cocktail is rich, complex and satisfying. Appropriately a drink for the long summer nights spent on a patio listening to the world go by.

Many spirits can be mixed in as a substitute, but the aged rum adds a complementary syrupy-oaky sweetness that we love. Plus, a nice aged dark rum loves orange!

Makes 3 oz

What you’ll need:

1 oz Cold Brew Concentrate

1 oz Aged Dark Rum (recommend El Dorado 12 year)

1 oz sweet red vermouth (recommend Dolin or Punt e Mes)

Ice (8 to 12 cubes)

Orange peel, to garnish


  1. Add the cold brew, rum and vermouth to the cocktail shaker. Add the ice.
  2. Stir the cocktail for a minimum of 30 seconds. The outside of the shaker should go frosty.
  3. Strain into a low ball glass and garnish with orange peel.

 Coffee Manhatten (Night Drive) - Cold Brew Cocktails


Cold Brew and Tonic Water

How To Make a Coffee and Tonic

Refreshing, unexpected and adult. Citrusy and bitter quinine in the tonic mixes surprisingly well with a tasty cold brew, especially with fruitier beans.

Try a coffee from Africa with this recipe – coffees from Ethiopia and Kenya work especially well.

And, yes, absolutely – gin, tonic and cold brew works really well! 

What you’ll need:

Cocktail shaker

250 mL Tonic Water

100 mL Cold Brew Concentrate

3 - 4 ice cubes


  1. Add 3 - 4 large cubes of ice to a Collins glass (or anything a little taller)
  2. To the glass, add 250 mL Tonic Water (tonic first!)
  3. On top of Tonic Water, slowly add 100 mL of cold brew concentrate (make sure it’s this order otherwise the tonic will go bubble crazy)
  4. Add a strip of orange peel, fresh raspberries or mint as garnish and enjoy!

Try this with a couple different types of gin as an interesting twist – it's a combo that works well!

How To Make a Coffee and Tonic 


The Shakerato

The Shakerato - How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

An alchemical reaction takes place in a cocktail shaker when these 3 simple ingredients combine. So quick, so simple, so refreshing.

A staple in Italy for some time, this modified original is easy to make at home with the cold brew concentrate in the recipe above.

Makes 1 drink

Time: 3 minutes 

What you’ll need:

Cocktail Shaker

6 - 10 ice cubes

1 oz simple syrup

3 oz Cold Brew Concentrate*
Orange peel, to garnish


  1. Add the cold brew and simple syrup to the cocktail shaker. Fill with ice (6 - 8 cubes)
  2. Place the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds
  3. Strain into a nice glass and enjoy

*For those with an espresso machine at home, try using a double shot of espresso instead of the cold brew

How To Make Iced Coffee:

Using your cold brew concentrate, you can easily dilute this to create an iced coffee. 

What you’ll need:

200mL of Cold Brew Concentrate

6 - 8 ice cubes

50mL of cold water


Add all the ingredients to a tall water glass (or pint glass), stir and enjoy!


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