Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Coffee

It's icy, smooth, and perfectly sweetened with vanilla syrup. Just follow these simple directions to make your own vanilla sweet cream cold brew at home.

Dovetailing Tip: Because you made the Cold Brew last night, you only have to make the Vanilla Syrup today. Enjoy!

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1 cup good quality coarsely ground coffee
4 cups cold, filtered water
2 large bowls
1 vanilla bean
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
heavy cream to taste


Make the Cold Brew:

To make the most flavorful cold brew, you will need freshly ground coffee that is ground on the coarsest grind setting. Feel free to ask your favorite coffee shop's barista to grind a bag of coffee for cold brew at purchase, or purchase and grind yourself at your grocery store.

Measure out a cup of the ground coffee into a large bowl. Then pour the cold, filtered water over the coffee.

Use a spoon to stir the grinds and water together. Stirring will fully immerse the grounds in water and ensure an even infusion of the coffee flavor into the liquid. Cover the bowl of cold brew coffee and let it sit at room temperature for 18 to 24 hours.

When the coffee is done steeping, place a piece of cheesecloth over another large bowl, then slowly pour the bowl of cold brew over the cheesecloth to catch the grinds. Carefully fold the cheesecloth ends together and lift up to reveal a clean batch of grind-free cold brew.

Store the coffee in the fridge until ready to use. Refrigerated cold brew will keep well for up to one week.

Make the Vanilla Simple Syrup:

Simple syrup is made by heating equal parts sugar and water together in a pot until all of the sugar granules are dissolved.

To make a sweet, aromatic batch of vanilla simple syrup, before heating the sugar and water, simply scrape in the seeds and throw in the pod of a vanilla bean. When you make this vanilla simple syrup, or any infused simple syrup, you often add in the infusing ingredient as the sugar melts into the water so that the whole thing is fully infused.

Let your vanilla simple syrup cool for at least one hour before using. For an even more intense vanilla flavor, store the leftover syrup in the fridge with the vanilla bean pod; if you want your syrup less infused, just toss the pod.

Finally, it's time to caffeinate. Start by filling half your glass with cold brew, then add heavy cream until the coffee turns lighter in color. Obviously, you can add as much or as little as you prefer.

Add a tablespoon or two of the vanilla simple syrup depending on how sweet you like your coffee.

Lastly, stir it all together and sip a velvety smooth glass of ice cold vanilla sweet cream cold brew.


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