The heat of the Florida Summer is fully underway
And by now most of us are back to drinking cold brew almost every day. While cold brew can be refreshing on its own, let’s face it; sometimes you’re craving something with a bit more pizzazz. Something you can serve up at your backyard barbecue or enjoy while you’re relaxing on the beach. We don’t think you should have to choose between a refreshing summery beverage and a caffeine boost, so we’ve crafted 5 simple, but delicious, cold brew mocktails for you to enjoy this summer. Before you start, be sure to read our previous blog post on how to make your own cold brew concentrate at home. Making your own concentrate will give you more control over the final flavor in these mocktails. We recommend using a light and fruity coffee for these drinks, like our Ethiopia WORKA, but any coffee will do.

Let’s Get Mixing!

This is a crisp, summery spin on a warm-weather classic. We love the way the flavors of the bittersweet grapefruit and spicy ginger beer combine with cold brew, and as a bonus – it’s super simple to make!

You will need:

– 2 oz of grapefruit juice – 2 oz cold brew concentrate – 4 oz ginger beer – Ice – Fresh grapefruit slices

To make:

1. Shake grapefruit juice, grapefruit slices, and cold brew with ice and pour in a mule mug. 2. Top off with ginger beer and garnish with another slice of grapefruit.

If you already like a classic Arnold Palmer, you will LOVE this. It’s the perfect balance between sweet and tart, plus it has an added boost of extra caffeine. Adjust the ratios to taste and add lemon slices for extra zip.

You will need:

– 6-8 oz of your favorite lemonade – 2-4oz cold brew concentrate – Ice – Fresh lemon slices

To make:

1. Fill a highball with fresh lemon slices and ice. 2. Fill the glass halfway with lemonade and top off with cold brew. 3. Garnish with a lemon wedge

This is our twist on an already non-alcoholic Shirley Temple. Sweet, sparkly, and downright pretty, it’s a great drink for a more festive party or barbecue.

You will need:

– 2 oz grenadine – 2-4oz cold brew concentrate – 6-8oz lime sparkling water – Ice – Fresh blueberries

To make:

1. Shake grenadine with ice in a shaker and pour into a highball. 2. Fill glass 3/4 of the way with lime sparkling water and top off with cold brew. 3. Garnish with fresh blueberries on a toothpick.

Similar to its namesake, this mocktail is geared towards the cold brew purist. Intense cold brew flavor with just a hint of orange-y sweetness. We recommend using a prepared cold brew, but the extra daring might try cold brew concentrate.

You will need:

– 2 tsp raw sugar – 4 tsp warm water – 5 dashes orange bitters – 4 oz prepared cold brew – Ice – Orange wedge and maraschino cherry

To make:

1. Put the sugar in a rocks glass and stir in the warm water to create a simple syrup. 2. Stir in the bitters and add a few ice cubes. Top off with prepared (diluted) cold brew. 3. Garnish with an orange wedge and a maraschino cherry.

More similar to a frappe than a cocktail, this recipe is probably the most approachable of all. And with the least amount of caffeine, it’s also the most suitable for kids. For an extra boost of sweetness, add half of a frozen banana, or drizzle with caramel. We recommend using a rich and chocolatey cold brew for this recipe, one that can stand up to these strong flavors.

You will need:

– 1 cup ice – 1/4 cup frozen white chocolate chips – 2 oz coconut cream – 2 oz coconut milk – 2-4 oz cold brew concentrate – Pineapple slice

To make:

1. Add the first 5 ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and frosty. 2. Pour into a poco grande glass (or other stemmed glassware) and garnish with a fresh pineapple slice.

Whichever way you decide to mix it, remember to always start with a cold brew concentrate made from high quality, freshly roasted coffee beans. Happy brewing! Tag us on Instagram with photos of your creations for a chance to be featured on our account – @patriotcoffeeroasters.