How To Make Blood Orange Infused Cold Brew
If you’re a fan of cold brew coffee, raise your hand.
We see you out there. It’s great to be in good company!
Question, though: Do you ever find yourself craving something that’s still “cold brew-y” but that’s not, well, just another glass of plain cold brew?
We hear you loud and clear. That’s why we’re bringing you a solution here, in this recipe. It’s simple, it’s elegant – it’s a Blood Orange Infused Cold Brew.
All you need to do is whip up a batch of cold brew, find a few blood oranges, and follow a couple easy steps, and you’ll be sipping this delicious drink in no time!
Blood Orange Infused Cold Brew
Do you ever find yourself craving something that’s still “cold brew-y” but that’s not, well, just another glass of plain cold brew? That’s why we’re bringing you a solution here, in this recipe. It’s simple, it’s elegant – it’s a Blood Orange Infused Cold Brew.
Prepare the cold brew and keep it in a mason jar
Thinly slice your blood oranges
Set a few slices aside. Add the rest of them into the jar
Refrigerate the mix for at least an hour
Fill your glass with ice or coffee cubes and fill it the rest of the way with the Blood Orange Infused Cold Brew
Use one of the remaining blood orange slices as a garnish on the rim of the glass
How To Make A Blood Orange Infused Cold Brew
This one is a quick and easy variation on your typical cold brew. But that doesn’t mean it’s faster than making a batch of cold brew (sorry to dash your hopes!).
This recipe still takes a while, as we’ll walk you through the actual cold brewing steps as well.
If you’ve already got a batch of cold brew made, great! You can jump right down to step 7.
If you don’t have that cold brew ready, then let’s dive right into the tutorial!
- 8 oz freshly ground coffee
- 8 cups water
- 2-3 blood oranges
- Ice or coffee cubes
- 2-quart Mason jar with lid
- Mesh strainer
- Cheesecloth or paper filter
- A glass
- The number of oranges needed depends on their size. It also depends on how strongly you want the orange flavor to be! Use your own judgment and adjust it from batch to batch until you find the perfect amount!
- You can use older coffee beans in cold brew, as it is very forgiving. Just make sure you grind them fresh!
- Measure out and grind your coffee beans. Aim for a grind about the size of breadcrumbs.
- Add the water at room temperature and mix.
- Put the cap on the jar and let it sit for between 12 and 24 hours in the refrigerator, depending on how strong you like your cold brew.
- Once it is done steeping, strain the coffee through the mesh strainer.
- Then strain the coffee once again, this time through a paper filter or cheesecloth to remove any of the finer grains.
- Make sure the cold brew ends up back in the Mason jar. Set aside.
- Next, thinly slice your blood oranges.
- Set a few slices aside. Add the rest of them into the jar.
- Refrigerate the steeping concoction for at least an hour.
- When it’s finished, fill your glass with ice or coffee cubes and fill it the rest of the way with the Blood Orange Infused Cold Brew.
- As a finishing touch, use one of the remaining blood orange slices as a garnish on the rim of the glass.
Who Invented the Blood Orange Infused Cold Brew?
As simple as it is, it does take someone putting two and two together to come up with a drink this elegant.
Someone who can look at a plain cup of cold brew and think, “this is good… but it’s missing something. How can I make it better?”
In this case, that someone was Phillip Ma, owner of the cafe Ma’velous.
Located in San Francisco, Ma’velous attempts to stand out from the crowd by bringing together globally sourced coffees and wines with the best locally grown produce that northern California has to offer.
It should come as no surprise that a cafe dedicated to such a high vision of excellence came up with a drink that is so delicately simple and refined.
What Kind of Coffee Beans to Use
In this recipe, lightness and citrus is key – not just with the blood oranges (duh!) but also with the coffee beans you use.
The goal here is to find a citrusy coffee bean that complements the blood oranges rather than fighting with them.
Here’s a great article we’ve put together to help you select coffee beans for beverages such as this one.
Brewing Method Variations
We officially recommend using a Mason jar for the cold brew method in the recipe (specifically, we follow this recipe), as it is a method that can be done very easily at home.
The reality, though, is that there are a ton of different ways you can make your cold brew. Don’t be afraid to try it another way. Just make sure you’re using good beans!
Enjoy this variation on a classic drink!
And there you go. A minor variation on a classic cold brew that will send your taste buds spinning. It’s amazing how the addition of a single ingredient can really turn a drink on its head, giving it new life.
Let us know how it went for you, especially if you tried any variations on the recipe. We’d love to hear about it!