Coffee + lemonade… sound weird? Maybe. But there’s a good reason for the recent buzz around this unexpected flavor combo—it’s one of the most delightfully refreshing things you’ll drink this summer. Clean and slightly sweet flavored cold brew coffee does not deliver the same signature acidity of coffee brewed with hot water; thus, it pairs beautifully with bright citrus juice, as they bring out the very best in one another. The acidity delivered with sweet lemonade is refreshing and sunny, but not harsh or overpowering. While most coffee shops that offer a variation of “coffee lemonade” typically create each beverage using already-made batches of their own cold brew coffee and lemonade, we opted to make a version that doesn’t require anyone to make an entire pitcher of homemade lemonade in order to enjoy one of these cool and light caffeinated treats. Incorporating sweetened condensed milk and sparkling mineral water (others great BFFs for cold brew coffee) in addition to purchased cold brew concentrate and fresh lemon juice, this cold brew lemonade is as easy to prepare as a single serving as it is to make a large batch for a crowd. Its bright and bubbly qualities deliciously balanced by sweet richness, this is the ideal beverage for a warm summer day.
4 ounces vanilla cold brew coffee concentrate
2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 ounces sparkling mineral water (such as Perrier)
How to Make It
Combine cold brew concentrate and condensed milk in a glass measuring cup; stir until well combined. Stir in lemon juice. Pour cold brew mixture over ice in a glass; pour sparkling water into glass. Serve immediately.