Warm weather and sunny skies are right around the corner. With our roots in Texas, a killer summer heat is all too familiar, so we’re always looking for new ways to keep cool on days spent in the sun. Lucky for us, cold-brew is just that: cold! Though our brew can be enjoyed either hot or cold (whatever floats your inner tube) we’ve curated a list of a few fun ways to indulge in our cold-brew while you work on your summer glow.
This one is a given. Keep the cooler close and fill it to the brim with cold-brew coffees for a caffeine kick to maintain energy levels in the draining sun. Grab a few mason jars, add in some ice along with your favorite flavor of cold-brew coffee, top it off with a paper straw and you’re ready to bask in the summer sun with an effortless poolside treat.
Mint Mojito Cold-Brew
Nothing says summer like a refreshing beverage, and this mint-cold-brew combo allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds in one drink! It’s made in two parts, starting with a scratch-made mint syrup.
Mint Mojito Cold-Brew Recipe
Add 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 bunch of mint leaves, and an empty pod of vanilla beans to a saucepan and heat over a medium setting. Whisk for duration of heating until sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil. Strain out the mint leaves and pod, and store the syrup sealed in the fridge for about a week or so.
Next, heat 1 cup of Chameleon Cold-Brew Black Concentrate and add syrup along with milk/non-mylk to taste. Top it off with some fresh mint leaves and voila!
Coconut Horchata Iced Coffee
Sometimes all you need is a coconut drink to transport you to days spent by the beach. A drink made popular by our neighbors across the border, this Latin treat is a sweet, cinnamon milk that we kicked up a notch by adding our cold-brew. Check your local grocery store for pre-made coconut horchata. Add equal parts cold-brew and coconut horchata to a glass, serve over ice, and you’ve served up summer in a cup.
Coffee Ice Cubes
Another easy hack to enjoy cold-brew in the blazing sun is to turn your cold-brew into ice cubes. It’s as simple as pouring your favorite flavor of cold-brew (we recommend our Vanilla Concentrate) into an ice tray and allowing the coffee to cool in the freezer overnight. Once the cold-brew has frozen into cubes, add several cubes into a glass followed by a pour of your favorite milk or non-mylk. You can even opt for a mineral water like Topo Chico to create a spritzy, refreshing beverage!
Turbo-Charged Cold-Brew Popsicles
When the summer sun just won’t let up, a frozen treat is the perfect way to stay cool. Our friends at the Today Show crafted a tasty recipe that combines peanut butter, chocolate, banana, and our cold-brew! The finished result offers a kick of caffeine, along with a touch of protein to keep you energized during a day in the sun. Warning: you may have a tough time eating only one!
Caramel Ice Cream
We all scream for ice cream, so naturally a cold-brew recipe for ice cream was a no-brainer. This chilled treat incorporates our Caramel Concentrate to please the senses and all the while keeping you cool in the summer heat!
Caramel Concentrate Ice Cream Recipe
- In a large mixing bowl using either a stand-mixer or an electric hand mixer, add all the ingredients: 2 cups of heavy whipping cream, ½ sweetened condensed milk, ¼ cup Chameleon Cold-Brew Caramel concentrate (sold exclusively at Target™), and creamer of choice.
- Whip the heavy cream mixture on high-speed until stiff peaks form (to prevent splattering, start out at a slower speed and as the cream thickens, increase speed). Be careful not to over mix or “break” the whip cream mixture.
- Pour half the whipped mixture into a freezer-safe container. Drizzle with some caramel syrup. Pour remaining half of mixture and top with another drizzle of caramel syrup. Cover and freeze for about 4-5 hours (3-4 hours yields a “soft serve” ice cream, 5+ hours yields a more solid texture).
- Top with caramel syrup when serving or add fresh fruit.
Cold-Brew Coffee Float
A twist on the classic root beer float, this recipe combines the bold taste of cold-brew with the smooth taste of ice cream for a dessert that leaves your belly begging for seconds. Simply fill a glass with ice, pour our Mexican Coffee cold-brew, and top with a scoop of your favorite vanilla bean ice cream. The result is an irresistibly creamy treat, so expect your friends to try and sneak a bite!