I know what you’re thinking: this is insane and there’s no way coffee could ever pair well with LEMONADE out of all things. I thought the same thing at first because this truly is a crazy concept.
A couple days ago I tested out one of Honey & Roses coffee recipes over on my instagram stories. I was super intrigued when I saw they posted one for “Cold Brew Lemonade”. I genuinely was expecting it to be such a mess but spoiler alert: I loved it!
They described it as more of an “umami” flavor which I don’t think I’ve ever used that adjective to describe something before, but hey! here we are! The tanginess of the lemon with the pop of orange pairs super well to balance out the slight bitterness of the cold brew.
What you will need:
black cold brew of some kind (I made my own using a random ratio I found online)
1 orange *if you don’t have one it’s not end of the world*
sweetener of choice (I used agave)
Essentially, with this recipe you basically just make your own lemonade and then add cold brew to it: it’s that easy!
1 ½ oz (or just under 1/4 cup) of fresh lemon juice
1 tsp of orange zest or juice from a fresh orange
2-3 tsp of a sweetener of choice (or more if you prefer it on the sweeter side)
1/3 cup of water
1/2 cup of cold brew
Mix the lemon juice, orange zest/fresh orange juice if you have it, your sweetener and water together.
Pour over ice and add in your cold brew.
Stir it up, top it off with a garnish and enjoy!
*tip* the lemonade to cold brew ratio can be easily adjusted so if it ends up too sweet then add in more coffee or vice versa.
Easy peasy… lemon… squeezy….okay I’m done now.
If you try this recipe let me know what you think! I have all my other socials right over here.
I tried this trend a little while ago but it was definitely something different! Basically if you haven’t seen this all over social media its Dalgona Coffee/Whipped Coffee. Theres only three ingredients and it originated in Korea I think.
All you need is:
hot coffee (or I used hot coffee, my favorite coffee right now is Deovcion over in Brooklyn)
instant coffee (I used trader joe’s instant colombian coffee)
some sort of sweetener (I was planning on using coconut sugar but didn’t realize I was out so I used maple syrup for a more natural sweetener)
All of the recipes I’ve seen recommend equal parts of all three of those things (I did 1Tbsp each). All you do is throw it in a bowl and whip it, or if you’re lucky use an electric mixer! It took a while even with my electric mixer for the consistency to turn foamy and airy.
I used a liquid sweetener which does work but if I used normal cane sugar I easily would have gotten a thicker foam (but you do you). I was curious to see if I could take my own spin on what was going around.
I would say overall this was a successful experiment. You could easily adjust the recipe to fit your dietary preferences.
Although, the real question is did I actually like it?
To answer it quickly: nope!
My main reasoning is the whip itself (which they say to pour it over some kind of milk and ice) is really potent. Me using hot coffee instead of hot water definitely contributed to it, but mainly it’s cause I never put sweetener in my coffee. I’m use to either black coffee or something like a flat white but I’d have it as is with just the milk and the espresso.
If sweeter, trendier coffee is your thing, then yeah try this out.
Or even if you’re super bored and looking for an easy DIY, then yeah try this out.
Let me know if you’ve tested out this trend and if you liked it below!