I can’t believe it’s AUGUST. It’s also National Coffee Month, so I still have time to indulge in my new summer drink Coffee Lemonade.
You say, Lianne, have you LOST YOUR MIND? Coffee and Lemonade…TOGETHER? Nope. Let me tell you why…it’s refreshing, it tastes AMAZING and it’s super easy to make.
Now, let me preface all of this by saying – I am NOT a coffee drinker. I’m not the kind of person that gets up in the morning and fires up the coffee machine in search of that coffee fix. Even when I do go to Starbucks, I get a tall…the smallest size of all. I used to love the coffee drinks (which have little or no coffee in them or the frappucinos (basically a 1000 calorie coffee milkshake with very little coffee whatsoever, disguised as some kind of coffee option). I stopped drinking those years ago. Except for the holidaze….I do love a good egg nog or gingerbread latte (I still get the tall). All of that being said, this new trend of coffee hybrid drinks is quickly changing my mind.
These drinks are lighter, fresher and easier to make than you think. Coffee Lemonade is aptly named the Thunderbolt and it originated in Sweden. When I traveled in France, espresso was always served with lemon or a lemon twist – so this makes sense. The lemon compliments the coffee beautifully.
To make this delicious concoction with your coffee maker, I have a FANTASTIC recipe for a flash cold brew from Krups ambassador and barista champion Sam Lewontin below for your enjoyment.
Flash Cold Brew (this recipe is for 6 cups)
Brew hot coffee as you normally would, but with about half as much water, placing an equivalent amount of ice directly in the carafe into which you’re brewing. The over-concentrated hot coffee will melt the ice as it brews, immediately chilling and diluting it to the proper strength, and locking in its flavors– giving you iced coffee with all of the depth, complexity, and nuance of hot coffee, and which can be made in a fraction of the time that it takes to prepare cold-brew.
- 6 scoops of your favorite coffee
- 3 cups of water
- 3 cups of ice
It comes out the PERFECT strength and it is NOT diluted AT ALL.
Now for the lemonade part. You can use regular lemonade (I am partial to Newman’s because it’s not overly sweet and doesn’t have high fructose sweeteners, but do you…okay?) OR you can make a lemon simple syrup.
Lemon Simple Syrup
1 cup organic sugar
1 cup water
Zest and juice of one medium-sized lemon
In a saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice and zest and place on low/medium heat. You really just want to dissolve the sugar into the water. Stir with a large wooden or non-reactive spoon until the sugar has dissolved, then remove from heat. Let cool, then pour into a mason jar and store in the refrigerator. It will keep for about a week and you can always double or triple the recipe to make more. You can also use Agave to taste instead of sugar (Agave is MUCH sweeter so you will need a lot less). Also, Agave dissloves into any temperature water so you can ditch the saucepan method, make it in a mason jar and shake to combine.
Iced Coffee Lemonade
3 parts brewed cold brewed coffee
2 parts Lemon syrup (Or lemonade)
Ice cubes (be careful with the ice cubes as you don’t want to dilute. I suggest you make some coffee ice cubes ahead of time with the same cold brew recipe)
If you are fancy like that, use a cocktail shaker. I am a mason jar girl (I have all sizes for all things) so I put everything in there, screw the lid on and shake it up. Then you just pour into a tall glass, with possibly a sprig of mint, go sit on your patio and bask in the glow of an easy summer libation.
There are also OTHER coffee concoctions out there you can try with this cold brew (the possibilities are endless, really). Some interesting combinations I have found in my research are:
- Cold Brew with Mineral Water and mint simple syrup
- Cold Brew with Mexican Coca-Cola (because it’s made with real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup) side note: the caffeine boost in this one is no joke so tread carefully
- Cold Brew with Tonic Water and grapefruit simple syrup
- Cold Brew and bourbon with lemon/mint simple syrup (Hmmmmm…)
I have been using the Krups Savoy coffee maker to do mine and as coffee makers go – it’s pretty simple (and cute on my counter). I also love the fact that it has adjustable keep warm temperatures so it doesn’t burn (I hate that…), an integrated water filtration system, a cleaning function and 1-4 cup function for small batch brewing (who needs 12 cups of coffee???).
I was on Let’s Talk Live here in DC chatting about cold brew and my new love for Coffee Lemonade the other day in honor of National Coffee Month. You can check that out below.