5 Cold Brew Cocktail Recipes

By Lisa Frania — / Recipes

The Best Cold Brew Cocktail Recipes 

Thanks to cold brew coffee, now you can just chill. Quite literally. You can have both—at the same time! And we’re here to help in our own way—by showing you how to make 5 delicious cold brew cocktails to satisfy your cravings for all things coffee and cocktails.   

DIY Cold Brew Coffee 

Cold brew coffee can be made to nearly any strength. Follow our Ultimate Guide to Cold Brew Coffee to maximize the most consistent flavor and strength for superhuman productivity every time. Most importantly, enjoy the art of crafting these cocktails and learning how to make them just right for your tastebuds.  

5 Cold Brew Cocktail Recipes

Here are 5 Cold Brew Cocktail Recipes that will take your cold brew, cocktailing—and your caffeination—to whole new level! 

A woman with white nail polish holding a cold brew martini.[Photo Credit: Dusan Jovic via Unsplash]

1. Cold Brew Martini

Class up your cold brew coffee with this Cold Brew Martini cocktail recipe. The full flavor of the cold brew, mixed with a hint of sweetness from the sugar and coffee liqueur, will bring out your inner Don Draper. Top off the glass with a light layer of foam—and you'll make quite the statement. 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 ounces Death Wish Coffee, cold brewed 
  • 2 ounces vodka 
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur 
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup 
  • Coffee beans as garnish (optional) 

Directions: 

  1. Make the cold brew. 
  2. Mix cold brew, simple syrup, vodka, liqueur and ice in a shaker. 
  3. Strain over a martini glass. 
  4. Top with whole coffee beans and enjoy! 

A cold brew negroni in a cocktail glass with an orange peel garnish.[Photo Credit: Marvin Meyer via Unsplash]

2. Cold Brew Negroni 

Oranges, cherries and cinnamon—the sweet flavors of Campari pair perfectly with cold brew coffee. This variation of a Negroni recipe allows you to leave out the gin—or add it if you’re feeling wild! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 ounces Death Wish Coffee, cold brewed 
  • 1 ounce Campari liqueur 
  • 1 ounce gin 
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth 
  • Orange peel garnish 
Directions: 
  1. Make the cold brew, but instead of water, use Campari liqueur. 
  2. Mix cold brew-infused liqueur, gin and vermouth with ice and stir. 
  3. Strain over a glass with a large ice cube (or better yet, a coffee ice cube) and garnish with an orange peel. 

A rosemary vanilla cold brew coffee cocktail with a rosemary and orange garnish.[Photo Credit: Ash Edmonds via Unsplash]

3. Rosemary Vanilla Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail

This Rosemary Vanilla Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail combines cold brew coffee with vanilla-flavored rum. Embrace your inner pirate, me hearties, and reap the benefits of this rum-infused cold brew cocktail.  

Syrup Ingredients:

  • 2-4 tablespoons rosemary syrup 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 1 rosemary sprig 

Note: You’ll want to start by making the rosemary vanilla syrup, which is best done ahead of time, if possible, since it needs to reach room temperature before using. To do that, add sugar, vanilla and rosemary to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer for 1 1/2 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature.  

Cocktail Ingredients: 

Directions: 
  1. Make the simple syrup. 
  2. Make the cold brew. 
  3. Combine the cold brew, syrup, milk and ice in a shaker and shake vigorously. 
  4. Pour into a glass over ice and pour Nilli Vanilli over the top. 

A cloudy amber cold brew coffee daquiri with a lime garnish.[Photo Credit: Mae Mu via Unsplash]

4. Cloudy Amber Daiquiri Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail

Swap out the vanilla—for all things rum—in this cold brew cocktail. Combine your cold brew with just 3 ingredients: rum, lime juice and simple syrup for a daiquiri with a tasty twist. 

Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 ounce Death Wish Coffee, cold brewed  
  • 1 1/2 ounces rum 
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice 
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup 
Directions: 
  1. Make the cold brew. 
  2. Add ingredients to shaker and shake. 
  3. Strain into glass over ice. 

A black stout cold brew cocktail next to a shot glass of whiskey.[Photo Credit: Yesmore Content via Unsplash]

5. Back in Black Stout Cocktail

If you love your Irish beer—and the hard metal sound of AC/DC, this cold brew cocktail (aptly named) is for you. Bold and bitter flavors of the stout and coffee pack quite a punch—and the whiskey will have that mullet of yours head-banging to your favorite AC/DC song in no time.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 ounces Death Wish Coffee, cold brewed  
  • 1 ounce Irish whiskey 
  • 1/2 ounce burnt sugar simple syrup 
  • Stout, to top (or Guinness) 
  • Tools: Shaker, strainer 
  • Glass: Highball 
For the syrup: 
  • 1 cup brown sugar  
  • 2 cups water 

Note: When making the syrup, don’t let the sugar totally burn. Instead, when the pot starts to steam and smoke just a little and the sugar caramelizes, that’s when it’s ready. 

Directions: 

  1. Combine the whiskey, cold brew coffee and syrup in a shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a highball filled with ice. Top with stout. 
  2. Add the sugar to a medium saucepan.  
  3. Cook over high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves and begins to smoke.  
  4. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, add water and stir to incorporate.  
  5. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.  
  6. Strain out any large chunks of burnt sugar and transfer to a clean glass jar.  
  7. Cover and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.  

Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee 

Cold brew isn’t a sexy fad. (Or at least, it isn’t just a sexy fad.) There are many cold brew coffee benefits, but here are some of the highlights: 

  • There’s less acidity in cold brew. Some estimate that there’s around 60% less acid in cold brew versus a regular cup of joe. 
  • It has a smooth flavor. As a result of the acid and other chemical differences, you get less of that sharp, almost vinegar-like taste and end up with something very creamy and calming. 
  • It stays good for longer. Leftover hot coffee goes bad after a few days, but cold brew stays good for up to a week. 
  • It’s strong. There’s plenty of caffeine in each cup. 
  • It’s versatile. You can use it for all kinds of recipes, especially sweet ones. 
  • It’s refreshing without being watery. No drowning in ice cubes for you, beloved coffee!  

Looking for more? Don’t worry; we’ve got plenty more coffee cocktail recipes and a hefty list of cold coffee drinks to check out, too. Just swap the hot coffee portion for cold brew! 

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