Cold-brewed coffee with homemade almond milk ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

01 July 2013

Cold-brewed coffee with homemade almond milk

cold brew coffee with homemade almond milk

Well, it finally got hot enough that I don't want to cook anything. I don't even really want to eat anything. So! How about some more drinks?

The heat of summer is a perfect time for cold-brewed coffee. And how about some delicious almond milk to punch it up? No cooking; delightful results.

cold brew coffee

I hadn't ever made cold-brewed coffee before, so I followed Jess Scone's French press method, minus the delightful-sounding cacao nibs. Grind beans; deposit in brewing vessel of your choice; fill with cold water; wait ten minutes; stir; cover and let sit on the counter overnight; strain. The French press was a perfect brewing vessel, and definitely an optimal choice for straining.

I tried a couple batches of cold brew with different amounts of beans to see what I preferred. It turns out that when I use our standard amount of coffee beans and water to make a batch of cold brew, as recommended by Jess, the result is not only not concentrated, but a bit weak. It tastes good, but it's weak. So I doubled the amount of beans and came up with a much stronger finished product. Perfect.

cold brew coffee

Mason jars: they're good for everything.

For the almond milk, I followed these instructions from The Kitchn.

Start by soaking half a cup of raw almonds in double their depth of water for 24 hours. Aren't soaked almonds pretty?

soaked raw almonds

The next day, drain your almonds, rinse them, and put them in the blender with a cup of fresh water. Blend for about two minutes for optimal fineness. Strain through the fine-mesh strainer of your choice, squeezing gently to get all the liquid out.

straining homemade almond milk

I hear that a nut milk bag or a double layer of cheesecloth is the best idea here for optimal squeezability. Since I didn't have either of those lying around, I used one of my fine nylon yogurt strainers and gently pressed the solids with the back of a spoon. This worked ok, but wasn't as effective as I'd like, considering the fluffy, puddingy texture of the semi-drained meal. Using a cloth of some kind is definitely a better bet.

frozen almond pulp

I wanted to save the leftover almond pulp, but I didn't have any immediate use in mind, so I broke out a small ice cube tray and froze all the pulp into little domes. Perfect!

Now they're in the freezer waiting for further smoothie application, or possibly a plum or peach crumble. We'll see whether I want to turn the oven on anytime soon.

homemade almond milk

To serve your cold brew, fill a glass of your choice with a handful of ice cubes. Add coffee to fill the glass about 3/4 of the way. Fill the remaining space with almond milk. If you like sweet coffee, add some simple syrup or agave. Stir it all up and consume at your leisure.


What are you drinking to beat the heat?


foodfeud said...

Soaked almonds are so pretty! I never knew. They look like little jewels.
Jess' method works pretty well for me - I think the cacao nibs really give it a little extra power, but maybe it depends on the kind of beans you use (not that mine are really anything special.)
I've never tried to make my own almond milk. Bet it's lovely.

Catherine said...

We've had a break from the heat (and humidity) this week, so I haven't been guzzling cold beverages. However, I make a big batch of cold brew coffee every week! I have been using a Toddy for years, and LOVE the way the coffee tastes.

Caz said...

We haven't had much in the way of heat in the UK so if you want to send some over that would be good! :) I'm keen to try making my own almond milk. I've never tried cold brewed coffee before. Sounds delicious and I like the idea of using cacao nibs in it too. I have a bag lurking in my cupboard somewhere. Looks like a good way to stay cool.

Jes said...

Mmm cold brew. Love the homemade almond milk, ballin!

Joanne said...

I LOVE iced coffee and have been meaning to learn how to cold brew so I can make it at home without it being weird and watered down. Thanks for this!

Erin @ The Speckled Palate said...

Iced coffee is one of my favorite summertime things, and I love how you made yours! Seriously... I'm gonna have to give this whole cold brewing thing a go this summer, as well as make my own almond milk. (Because it's soooooo good.) Great idea saving the almond pulp, too!

Enjoy your cold drink!

Jenn said...

I'm a huge espresso fan. Often, I'll make huge batches of it and keep it cold in the fridge. To top, I love foaming up some milk and making a cold late. So yummy!

forgottenbeast said...

Mmm, homemade almond milk is just meant for iced coffee. I've been loving that combo too--although I've never made cold brew! I just make extra coffee in the AM and stick the leftovers in the fridge for later ;) And I use an old raggy (but clean) t-shirt to filter out my almond pulp. Free AND it works perfectly! No fancy nut bags/cheesecloth required.

adriennefriend said...

I've started brewing a pitcher of fine loose leaf tea once a week to encourage myself to drink from my hoard of nearly one hundred teas. It's not ideal because of the caffeine (I avoid caffeine these days) but it is helping me reduce my stash. Oh god, no pun intended (though Stash does make some decent brews!).

Also, thanks for alerting me to a decent cold-brew recipe, and for sharing your experience. I'm going to try it! I hear it makes coffee easier on the nerves/digestion/etc.