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Ditch your usual cuppa for these 8 cold brew recipes this summer

One of the few benefits of living in Singapore’s perpetual summer? The excuse to have cold brew all day, every day. In light of the heat stroke experiences we’ve come brutally close to facing, we’ve curated the best cold brew recipes to help you cool down with this summer. Besides, they’re a fun way to spice up your regular cuppa Joe.

If you are someone who loves getting creative with their coffee via unique blends, brews, and recipes, this is for you. Not only are all the ways to use cold brew interesting, but the flavours are refreshing and delicious too. And we’re not talking your basic vanilla cold brews either. Let’s take a look at these recipes.

8 cold brew recipes for summer

Cinnamon mocha cold brew

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Image: Courtesy Alice & Lois

It’s hard to go wrong with cinnamon and chocolate. One of the simplest but most delicious cold brew recipes, this one uses chocolate syrup and just a pinch of freshly ground cinnamon. The best part about cold brews is that they are less acidic than regular hot coffee, so it is ideal even for people who are not fans of coffee.

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Long Island iced coffee cocktail

Image: Courtesy Supergolden Bakes

Disclaimer: this isn’t exactly morning coffee material. This is, in fact, a caffeinated version of the very popular cocktail Long Island Iced Tea (aka LIIT), so you can bet that it’ll be refreshing and give you a buzz that’ll last for hours. Make some cold brew by seeping the coffee in water overnight. You will need dark rum, vodka, tequila, gin, ginger beer, lime juice for this, as well as the the star ingredient, cold brew. Serve it chilled for your house parties or house dates.

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Boba cold brew

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Image: Courtesy The Movement Menu

Make cold brew fun again. This recipe calls for tapioca balls to add some bite to your beverage, and contains coconut sugar instead of regular sugar to help cut down on the calories, although it’ll taste just as good with regular syrup as well. All you have to do is prep the cold brew overnight, add some milk, and pop in the boba.

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Iced coffee lemonade

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Image: Courtesy Sprudge

Even though it sounds like quite the unlikely combo, be prepared to get hooked on it from the moment you try it. This cold brew recipe believes in keeping it fizzy, so get your tonic water ready to add some bubbly goodness to your cold brew. Coffee purists might not like this recipe, but if you are up for some experimentation, this is where you should begin.

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Cold brew mocha frappe

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Image: Courtesy Minimalist Baker

Cold brew coffee, creamy blended milk and decadent dark chocolate, what’s not to like about this cold brew recipe? The twist in this recipe? Milk ice cubes. While your cold brew is brewing overnight, pour milk into your ice trays and get it ready for the next morning. Just blend the coffee, milk ice cubes, and some dark chocolate syrup together, and you have a delicious glass of cold brew ready in no time.

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Lavender cold brew latte

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Image: Courtesy The Wooden Skillet

Fun, aesthetically pleasing, and delicious — this cold brew recipe is everything a millennial’s Instagram feed could ask for. This sweet summer treat never gets old and uses honey instead of refined sugar — perfect for those who are watching their diet. You can also either make your own lavender syrup or use store-bought varieties. All the ingredients come together beautifully in this drink, and is a dream for your Instagram account too with its marble texture.

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Cinnamon vanilla coconut cream cold brew

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Image: Courtesy Danilicious Dishes

The coconut cream is the star of this recipe — apart from the coffee, of course. Here, vanilla, cinnamon, stevia, and monk fruit sweetener come together to make this the perfect topping for your cold brew. It is sweet and velvety, dairy-free, and plant-based, so just about anyone can enjoy this drink. Vanilla and cinnamon are the best flavour enhancers that can happen to a glass of cold brew. All in all, this cold brew recipe is a win-win!

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Cold brew martini

Ending this list on a ‘high’ note, this cold brew cocktail is perfect for any girls’ night or nightcap. It only requires three ingredients — cold brew concentrate, coffee cream liqueur and some vodka, and you simply need to pop these ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Again, we don’t recommend this to be your early morning beverage, but then again, who are we to judge.

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Sreetama Basu
A self-proclaimed plant mom, Sreetama finds joy wherever she sees greenery. The list of other things that bring her joy is pretty long, but writing about them is her way of celebrating them. In love with little, inconsequential things, like neatly tucked-in bedsheets and big, significant things, like whole cheesecakes. She dreams of being a baker and writing about food someday.
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