Apple Cinnamon Cold bRew
Chocolate, nuts, and other earthy flavors are commonly found in different coffee recipes.
But what about more fruity flavors? Can’t you use, for example, apples to create a nice glass of sweet apple cold brew??
What you’ll Need
- Coffee Beans
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1.5 Cup Water
- 3 Apples
- 1/2 Vanilla Bean
- 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
- Optional: skim milk
Yes, you can, and that’s what I’m doing today – Apple and cinnamon cold brew coffee with a hint of vanilla. Perfect for when you want to get energized and also feel the fresh and sweet taste of apples. In my opinion, apples are incredibly underrated. I guess it is because you can find them almost anywhere, but that doesn’t take away the fact that they are fantastic for both eating fresh and for use in different recipes.
To make apple cold brew, I will make an apple and cinnamon syrup, which I then can add directly to the cold brew or use to flavor a cold milk foam. You can, of course, also buy apple syrup, but it will never taste like the one you make yourself, and you can keep the syrup in your fridge for months.
The Coffee Beans
If you want to add the apple syrup directly to your cold brew, I would suggest a medium roasted bean. The medium roast will neither be too overpowering or overpowered by the apple and cinnamon flavors. If you are looking for some high quality coffee, I can recommend DripBeans Everyday Hero coffee beans. With flavor tones of smooth chocolate, floral and toffee, this must be the perfect fit for apple coffee.
If you instead want to make apple flavored milk cold foam, which I also will show you how to do, I would recommend you use a dark roast coffee. Since the milk otherwise can be a bit too overpowering for the smooth cold brew coffee.
You can use any apple you like. But, if you are using a very sour kind of apple, you might want to add a bit more sugar then the recipe suggests. I’m using Kanzi apples, which I think works perfectly for this recipe.
Okay, that is enough of info, let’s make some apple cold brew.
Step 1 – The Cold Brew Coffee
As always, when making cold brew coffee recipes, we will need to start with the cold brew. Since it takes 12-24hrs for it to brew, you probably should do this at least one day before. However, you can also brew your cold brew a couple of days or even 1-2 weeks beforehand since it will stay fresh in the fridge for a long time.
If you want an in-depth guide to making cold brew, check out our video guide. But here are is a quick guide:
If you are using whole beans, grind them to a coarse grind and add them to your cold brew maker or french press. Add water and make sure all the ground coffee gets wet. How much coffee and water should you use? It depends. I would recommend a 1:16 coffee-to-water ratio. After adding the water, let the coffee brew in either the fridge or at room temperature for about 12-24hrs. After brewing, filter out the coffee grounds, and there you have it, drink ready homemade cold brew.
Step 2 – The Apple and Cinnamon Syrup
Making homemade apple-flavored syrup might seem hard, but it is super simple. Slice the apples and add them together with the water, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla bean to a pot. Make sure to split and seed the vanilla bean before you add both the seeds and the pod to the rest of the ingredients. Vanilla beans will give a fantastic flavor, but you can also use vanilla extract. Put the pot on low heat. The syrup shouldn’t be boiling. Let the syrup simmer for about 1hr and make sure to stir around a couple of every now and then. After some time, when the apples have started to soften up, using a spatula, you can begin to press out the apple juices from them.
After about 1hr, or when the syrup has reached the thickness you want, take it off the heat and filter out what’s left of the apple slices. If the syrup is too thick, add a small amount of water. If it’s too loose, add more sugar or let simmer without a lid for a couple of more minutes. You can also, if you want to get as much as possible out from the apples, puree the mixture before you filter out the apples. Pureeing would also create a thicker syrup. Pour the filtered syrup into an airtight container. Done, you just made your own delicious apple and cinnamon syrup!
Ps. You can use this syrup for more than just coffee! For example, to pour over ice cream.
Step 3 – The Apple Cold Brew
Okay, so the cold brew and syrup are ready, and we are good to go! You can either choose to add the syrup directly to the cold brew or making a sweet fluffy apple tasting cold foam. The choice is yours.
Apple and Cinnamon Cold Brew
If you want to add the syrup directly to your coffee, take a glass, fill it with ice, and add as much syrup as you want to (probably 1-2 tbsp). Fill half the glass with cold brew and stir around to make the syrup and coffee blend. Then fill the glass with the rest of the cold brew, and there you go. A sweet apple and coffee sensation at your service.
Apple Cold Foam Cold Brew
To make the cold foam, you will need milk and some device that can make a foam. Either a milk frother or a french press. Add about ¼ cup of skim milk and 1-2 tbsps of the syrup and foam the milk. Then, take a glass, fill it with ice and cold brew, and top with the delicious apple and cinnamon foam. Ready to be served. If you want a little extra sweetness and flavor, top the foam with some more apple syrup.
That is how you make apple cold brew, with or without a cold foam. I must say, this recipe turned out much better than I thought it would. I thought it would be good, but not this good! This is probably one of my favorite recipes so far together with the coffee foam cold brew I did some weeks ago. If you you give it a try, let me and the DripBeans community know what you think!
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