Easy Mint Cold Brew is the perfect afternoon pick me up. Cold and refreshing. Easy to make with a hint of mint that you will love!
I know, I know. I know what you're thinking. Mint in your coffee? No way, weird. Possibly gross. Strange flavor combo. I agree with you...I felt all those same emotions when I first heard about mint cold brew.
This easy mint cold brew is so refreshing and perfect for those warmer temps! Don't think peppermint mocha sugar bomb latte sorta thing. Think more along the lines of refreshing summer 2 pm ice coffee pick me up sort thing with a hint of mint lingering at the end.
Surprisingly addictive and delicious.
Does Mint and Coffee Go Together?
I know it may sound like a strange combo at first, but trust me on this one. It is so good!
The subtle hint of fresh mint flavor is a great complement to coffee. And making it cold is even better and refreshing during the summer!
How Do I Make this at Home?
I have tried all different ways. Basically any easy-not so fancy-at home-I am not a coffee snob kinda way. ?
There were some big key points I have taken away on the whole at-home cold brew thing.
- Everyone likes their coffee differently and in a certain way. Me....I do not like super-strong coffee, but I don't like brown-colored water either. Finding that middle ground can be hard.
- I cannot do the acidity of coffee. It WRECKS my stomach. Hence actually why I switched to drinking English Breakfast Tea for a time period.
- To combat numbers 1 & 2, good quality coffee is a must! I didn't believe it made a difference at first until I used some really bad coffee a couple of times. Blech! My favorite is Kobrick Coffee from NYC. This stuff is amazing and we don't drink anything else!
- Find whatever coffee you like and stick with it. Know the amount of coffee you need to use to reach the desired boldness in flavor.
- Everyone likes their add-ins differently. From straight black to just a splash of coffee in your cream and sugar. ? You do you. Again, find and know what you like and stick with it.
So basically this recipe is super adaptable and adjustable to your personal coffee desire. Like most of the things that come out of my kitchen.
Use this more of a roadmap than a set recipe.
Want your cold brew stronger? Add more grounds to the water.
Like it sweet? Add more sweetness.
Easy peasy, just make it your own way!
How to Make Mint Cold Brew
To make cold brew at home is actually super easy. It just requires a little time (and if you're not patient, just use the whole "throw a few ice cubes on this mornings leftover coffee trick" it does just fine ? )
All that is required for the cold brew is
- coarsely ground quality coffee
I recommend buying whole beans and grinding yourself but you absolutely can use already pre-ground beans.
- Add grounds to a large pitcher and add water over top. Give a quick stir to wet all the grounds and let sit in the fridge for 12-24 hours. ** see below for an easier way of making in a french press**
- After that time is up, pour through a fine-mesh strainer (or a nut milk bag *) and store cold brew in a clean pitcher in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
PRO TIP: I actually found that I preferred to just make a smaller batch in our french press. That way when I was ready to use it I just pressed down the top and didn't have to fool with straining the grounds.
How to Assemble Your Mint Cold Brew
For a touch of sweetness, I made a simple syrup to add. A liquid form of sweetener is way easier to incorporate into a cold liquid than granulated sugar. Use any desired liquid sweetener you would like or this simple syrup recipe:
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup Water
- To a medium saucepan, add 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water.
- Place on the stove over medium heat and bring up to a low boil.
- Once at a low boil, turn down to medium-low heat and cook for 10 minutes. Stir to dissolve the sugar completely.
- Once finished, pour into a mason jar and place in the fridge until needed.
Mint Cold Brew
- Add a couple of mint leaves to the bottom of a tall glass. With the end of a straw, gently muddle the leaves a bit.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Pour your brewed cold brew up about ¾ of the way full.
- Add the desired amount of simple syrup or desired sweetener. Stir to combine the syrup and mint leaves with the cold brew and ice.
- Top it off with a splash of half and half, milk, or any non-dairy product of your choice and a spring of mint for looks and wha-laa ENJOY!
I personally enjoy my mint cold brew around 2-3 pm when I am starting to lag and need a second wind for the rest of the day. It is cold, refreshing with just a light touch of sweetness, slightly creamy but not enough to be totally bad and the hint of mint that lingers at the end has you coming back for more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honestly, from me to you - I have no idea 🙂 And I think nothing....at least taste-wise.
But if you were to ask a coffee professional they would probably scold me for saying that.
But if we want to get technical, cold brew is when you actually "brew" your coffee by combing your coffee grounds and cold/room temp water and letting sit out on the counter or fridge to brew for 12-24 hours. Iced coffee, is made with your traditional hot coffee brewed in a coffee pot then poured over ice.
When you think about it, that actually makes sense!??
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