Cold Brew Float
Cold brew is light, soft and just delicious. So is vanilla ice cream. Will they marry?
What you’ll Need
- Coffee Beans
- Vanilla Ice Cream
So, it works for root beer and other soft drinks, but can you make a float using cold brew coffee? YES! Yes, you can and it is delicious. The sweet vanilla ice cream works great together with the delicious flavorful but still smooth cold brew coffee.
And it is so easy! Brew your cold brew, pour it up into a glass, and top it with your favorite vanilla ice cream (maybe even make your own?). You could also, if you are in for more of a treat, top your ice cream with some cold brew instead.
I have two tips when it comes to making cold brew floats:
1 – Brew your cold brew a bit stronger than usual, otherwise, the vanilla ice cream might become a bit too overwhelming. I would suggest a ratio somewhere around 1:12 coffee-to-water.
2 – I actually recommend adding some ice to the glass. Just 1 or two cubes. Why? This will prevent the ice cream from melting too fast. You don’t want to end up with a vanilla ice cream shake, but actually a float. This will allow you to feel the taste of the coffee and ice cream separately and let their flavors inside your mouth.
Okay, now to the very short but delicious recipe!
Step 1 – Brew your cold brew coffee
As always, you’ll need to start by brewing the coffee. I actually used the hot bloom method for this recipe, which is a great way to get even more flavor out of the coffee without losing too much of the characteristics of cold brew coffee.
I also recommend using a tiny bit higher coffee-to-water ratio for some extra coffee flavor that won’t be overwhelmed by the creaminess from the ice cream.
Start the brewing process by grinding your coffee beans (or use ground coffee), fill your cold brewing device with the coffee, and pour in the cold water (unless you are using the hot bloom method). Stir around and make sure all the coffee gets wet. Then, let the coffee brew for 12-24hrs and filter out the coffee grounds. You are ready to go.
Step 2 – Make your cold brew coffee float
When you have your cold brew ready, you are pretty much already done. Just pour up a nice big glass with cold brew, add 1-2 ice cubes and add one big delicious scoop of vanilla ice cream. There you go, a delicious sweet smooth cold brew float. Enjoy!
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