It’s always fun to switch it up with something other than your typical brewed coffee in the summer.
Today, I’m sharing a recipe for cold brew coffee that’s been infused with coconut water, and to sweeten things up, I added in a touch coconut milk and vanilla syrup! This recipe is so easy to whip up, and it makes for the perfect summer drink.
The basis for this coffee drink is a strong batch of cold brew coffee concentrate, which I’ll show you how to make. Anyway, let me explain the details of this incredible recipe, and then I’ll show you how to make it!
What is a coconut cold brew?
Coconut cold brew coffee is cold brew coffee that has been steeped for 15 hours, filtered and cooled completely, and then served with coconut water, coconut milk, and a sweet home-made vanilla syrup to finish it off.
A cold brewed iced coffee has a more mellow taste than a hot cup of coffee, and it doesn’t have the usual bitter taste.
Not only will I show you how to make the basic cold brew, but I’m also going to take it one step further and show you how to infuse your regular cold brew coffee with coconut!
What ingredients are used in this recipe?
This cold brew version is a take on the regular cold brew that everyone knows and loves. But it uses a few surprising ingredients that make this iced drink worthwhile.
This coconut cold brew coffee is made with just four ingredients:
- Cold brew coffee concentrate
- Coconut water
- Coconut milk
- Vanilla syrup
The first step to this delicious coffee drink is making the basis — the cold brew coffee itself.
Once you’ve steeped, filtered, and cooled this completely, you’ll be able to make this amazing recipe. The great part is that you can make a very big batch of cold brew coffee at once and store it in the fridge for up to five days.
By making a bigger batch than necessary, you can make yourself a cup of regular cold brew coffee the next day or two. It’s just so great to have a refreshing drink on standby for those hotter days ahead.
Let me show you how to make this recipe; after that, I’ve listed a recipe for cold brew concentrate and a great recipe for the home-made vanilla syrup. Let’s get into it:
- Cold brew coffee: 3 oz (110 ml)
- Coconut water: 1 oz (38 ml)
- Coconut milk: 1 oz (38ml)
- Vanilla syrup: 2 tbsp
- Ice cubes
Once you've prepared the cold brew coffee and vanilla syrup, making the coconut cold brew coffee is easy. Let's jump into it:
- Start by adding ice cubes to a glass. I like to add enough ice cubes until the glass is filled about halfway.
- Pour in the cold brew coffee.
- Add vanilla syrup and coconut water and give this a stir.
- And last but not least, pour in the coconut milk and serve.
That's all there is to it. You have now made yourself a refreshing coconut flavored cold brew coffee; this will definitely help you through those harder days!
You can make the vanilla syrup and cold brew coffee a few days in advance. If you're expecting a few visitors, it can't hurt to prepare these ingredients a few days ahead of time.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 7.2gSaturated Fat: 6.4gUnsaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 1.8gFiber: 0.8gSugar: 21gProtein: 0.6g
Extra photos of coffee making
Assembling this coffee is not much more than adding everything that the recipe calls for together; however, you create the best drinking experience if you follow the steps as they should be.
Let me show you the photos of when I made the coconut cold brew coffee. It all starts with adding ice to a nice glass of choice, adding the cold brew coffee next, and adding the vanilla syrup, coconut water, and coconut milk:
It is essential to stir in between adding the vanilla syrup and coconut water to the cold brew coffee. If you skip this step, the vanilla syrup will simply dive to the bottom and not sweeten the cold brew for the first few slurps.
How many calories are in this recipe?
This coconut cold brew coffee is made up of different add-ins and comes in with a total of 128 calories. If you want a breakdown of where the calories come from, you check it below:
- The amount of coconut water is good for 10 calories.
- Coconut milk adds 68 calories to this coffee drink.
- And last but not least, the vanilla syrup adds a total of 50 calories.
Cold brew coffee and ice cubes don’t add any calories to this coffee drink. If you want to switch out an ingredient for another, you will also change the nutritional information.
If you want to know how to make coffee ice cubes that don’t add any calories to your iced coffees, you can check it out here.
You can check how many calories you’ll remove when let’s say; you want to switch coconut milk for a milk alternative. Remove the number of calories from the coconut milk and apply the calories from the milk of choice.
This way, you can still have a great idea of how many calories your coffee drink will contain.
Your Dream Coffee is all about making the best coffee possible that suits your flavor profile. So if you don’t like an ingredient, make sure to let it out completely or switch it for something else.
How to make cold brew concentrate
To make the basis of this delicious coffee recipe, you’re going to need a robust cold brew concentrate to start with.
Cold brew concentrate is an even stronger cold brew than you’d typically make for regular use and needs to be diluted to make it taste amazing.
If you don’t dilute the coffee concentrate, it will simply be too strong of taste and not taste great. The coffee will be too overpowering, and you want a balanced coffee profile for this recipe.
To make the cold brew concentrate, you’ll need the following items:
- 90 grams of coarsely ground coffee (this can also be decaf)
- 600 grams of cold tap water
- Container or large mug for the steeping of coffee
Optionally, you can use a French press to use for the steeping part of the cold brew coffee. I prefer this over any container or large mug, as it will save time and effort when it’s time to filter.
Down below, you can see the batch of cold brew coffee that I’m just about to filter completely:
To make the cold brew coffee, follow the steps listed below:
- Once you’ve coarsely ground your coffee beans, add them to the container or mug of your choice.
- Pour the water over the coffee beans and stir until all the coffee particles have been wetted.
- Cover with foil and leave on your kitchen table for the next 15 hours.
- Once the hours have passed, filter the cold brew coffee until no coffee particles are left.
- Your cold brew is now done. You can now use this coffee as the basis for the delicious coconut cold brew coffee or another cold brew coffee recipe!
For more information about making cold brew coffee, check out my complete guide here!
Extra tips that might help
If you want to filter your cold brew coffee correctly, you can do so by adding a sieve with a kitchen towel or cheesecloth and pouring the mixture through there.
Additionally, you can use a coffee filter of the Chemex or Hario V60 and pour the coffee mixture through there; this will help remove the smallest coffee particles that just don’t want to go.
You can also use a cold brew coffee maker to make your cold brew coffee. When you’re using this cold brew maker, you can skip the steps of filtering the coffee because it uses a fine-mesh sieve that sits in the coffee while steeping.
You just have to remove the sieve, and you’re left with a clean cold brew coffee that you can use instantly. If this is something that you’re interested in, you can check it out here:
- Mizudashi Coffee Maker: The simplest way to make and enjoy cold brew coffee at home. Simply add ground coffee to the fine mesh basket, add water and leave in refrigerator to brew. Clean up is easy with a removable filter--simply wash and reuse
- Cold Brew at Home: Grind coffee coarse for a lighter more delicate coffee, or finer for a brew with more body and strength. Delicious homemade cold brew coffee, however you like it
- Daily Use: Featuring a slender spout for slow, steady and controlled pouring. Brew and serve directly from glass coffee server
- Japanese Design: Made with high-quality Hario heatproof glass. Made in Japan
- Product Details: 5-cup capacity, brewed volume 1000mL; W138×D94×H294mm
Also, I’ve found that 15 hours is the best time for cold brew coffee to steep. When you prolong the steeping, the coffee will get stronger, but it leaves a weird taste behind. Any shorter than 15 hours and the coffee is a bit under-extracted in my opinion.
You want the coffee to be strong in flavor but not too overpowering. It still needs to cut through the sweetness of the vanilla syrup and coconut add-ins. This balanced coffee flavor is achieved with 15 hours of steeping time.
If you want to learn more about the cold brew frequently asked questions, you can check out this article.
How to make home-made vanilla syrup
This vanilla syrup is based on a simple syrup that is so easy to make and tastes amazing. The coffee syrup can be made in bigger batches and can be used in many coffee recipes.
So don’t be shy and make a bigger batch when you expect to make many more coffee recipes in the coming days. This recipe will be enough to make 8-10 coffees using 2 tablespoons per brew.
You’ll need the following items to make the vanilla syrup at home:
- 1/2 cup (0.12 l) of cold water
- 120 grams of white granulated sugar
- One vanilla bean split and deseeded
- Small saucepan
If you don’t want to make this syrup using a vanilla bean, you can also use vanilla extract to get that vanilla flavor.
I must warn you, you’ll not get the same amazing taste when using anything other than a vanilla bean. I’ve tried this recipe with the vanilla extract as well, and it just doesn’t taste that great. To make the syrup:
- Add the white sugar, cold water, and split vanilla bean with the loose seeds into the small saucepan.
- Place on medium heat and keep stirring through the mixture while it heats up to prevent burning on the sugar.
- Once the sugar has completely dissolved, remove it from the heat and leave it to cool down completely.
- When cooling down, the vanilla bean will give off even more flavor to your syrup, so make sure to give it the time it needs.
- When it’s thoroughly cooled, remove the vanilla bean and throw it out.
- Pour the vanilla syrup into a resealable container or flask with a pouring spout.
The sugar syrup will keep well for a couple of days in the refrigerator. Make sure it is stored airtight so it doesn’t pick up any odd flavors.
If you’re interested in more information about this syrup, check out my complete home-made vanilla syrup recipe here!
This was a great recipe to share with you. I like the refreshing taste of coconut combined with the strong cold brew concentrate. It just makes for a great coffee drink.
The home-made vanilla syrup adds sweetness to the phenomenal coffee. I highly suggest giving this coffee recipe a try yourself. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
If you want to put the vanilla syrup to good use, you can check out the recipes I’ve listed below. You can sweeten these recipes to taste with the delicious home-made vanilla syrup!
Do you like coconut-flavored coffees? Let me know by leaving a comment down below. If you have any other questions regarding coffee, you can also contact me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!