This tall, dark, creamy cup of joe is iced and sweet! This cold brew coffee recipe is homemade and is finished off with a little Irish cream and milk drizzle. This coffee is refreshing and recharging!
I had to get blood drawn the other day just to test fun stuff like cholesterol. I was fasting so the only thing I could drink was black coffee or tea. I really cannot take my coffee black, plain tea is a little more tolerable.
I found that even though I gulped down two cups of tea (with caffeine) I was still irritable and unhappy. It wasn’t until I had my first cup of coffee that things started to look better.
Am I addicted to coffee and its magical powers? Oh hell yes, but if that’s my only vice, then I think I’m good.
I really love coffee. I drink several cups a day. The first cup is for the caffeine, the rest are for flavor and for fun.
After making this cold brew coffee recipe at home, I can see that this is going to become an everyday necessity.
What Is Cold Brew Irish Cream Coffee
Cold brew coffee is ground coffee that sits or steeps in cold water, preferably overnight. Once you strain out the grounds, you are left with a cold brew concentrated coffee that can be mixed with water or milk.
This method of brewing coffee yields a softer, milder flavor of coffee than just having a cup of iced coffee.
What Do I Need To Make This Cold Brew Coffee Recipe?
Despite what you may think, you really don’t need any fancy equipment to make this coffee recipe. You need:
- Coffee grounds
- Fine Mesh Sieve
- Coffee Filter
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Heavy Cream
- Irish Cream Liqueur
How To Make Cold Brew Coffee Recipe
Before we begin, we should talk about what kind of coffee to use!
You will need grounds for this recipe. You don’t want to use grounds that are too fine. A coarse grind is best for easier filtering plus it will keep your coffee from becoming too acidic.
Some say you should always grind your own coffee beans, others say store-bought is fine. It is really up to you.
As for what kind of coffee, well, that is more of a personal thing. You could use something like Folgers or you could use a specialty shop grind or even espresso.
Typically, the more expensive the coffee, the more complex the flavor. But again, I have made cold brew with both types and I have been satisfied by both. The choice is really yours.
You will need roughly 1 cup of grounds for 4-5 cups of cold water (filtered water is ideal). Refrigerate the mixture for 12-16 hours to extract all the flavor from the grounds.
After that time, pour your cold brew coffee through a fine-mesh sieve. Then pour once more through a coffee filter, to catch any small grounds left behind. If you own a French press, the process will be much simpler!
To make the cream mixture, heat the sweetened condensed milk and the heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Add a pinch of salt.
Heat the mixture just until it begins to bubble around the edges. Remove from heat and stir in the Irish Cream. Refrigerate the mixture until ready to use.
How Long Will Cold Brew Coffee Recipe Last?
As an undiluted coffee concentrate, it’ll keep in the fridge for up to two weeks, although the flavor quality will be reduced after the first week.
If you’ve combined the concentrate with water, that shortens the shelf life to 2-3 days.
The cream can be kept for up to 1 week.
Can Cold Brew Coffee Be Heated?
You can drink cold brew warm, by add boiling hot water to a mug, remove half of the cup of water and top the mug with the desired amount of cold brew concentrate.
You can also add water to your concentrate and heat it in the microwave.
You can even add the concentrate to freshly brewed drip coffee for an extra kick in your hot coffee!
It’s easy to cold brew coffee at home so you can save that coffee shop money!
This cold brew coffee recipe is really simple to make, it only takes a little time. But as with most things that take time, it is well worth it
- 1 cup coarse coffee grounds
- 4-5 cups cold water
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup Irish cream
- Pinch of salt
- Combine grounds and water in a large container. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Strain coffee over a fine-mesh sieve. Strain again through a coffee filter.
- In a small saucepan, combine the sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream and pinch of salt. Heat until bubbles begin to form around the edges.
- Remove from heat and whisk in Irish Cream. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- To serve, combine coffee concentrate with water or coffee and stir in the desired amount of cream.
Store coffee concentrate in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Cream mixture can be stored for 1 week.
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