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Cool Off with the Hottest Drink, a Zesty Combo of Lemonade and Coffee

One of the big reasons cold brew has taken the coffee world by storm in recent years is the iced drink’s versatility. The rich, bold iced beverage plays well with so many flavors, including coconut, herbs and even fancy fizzy waters.

But perhaps the hottest twist is a lemon one. It may sound a little odd at first, but trust us, the flavor combination makes for a surprisingly refreshing treat, perfect for those long, hot days. It’s a little sour, a little sweet and entirely invigorating.

Most coffee-ade recipes call for fresh-squeezed lemon juice combined with a dash of simple syrup, but commercial lemonade will do in a pinch. The trick here is to complement, not overwhelm, the coffee flavor in the cold brew. When the ratios are spot on, the lemon and simple syrup add a touch of citrus and sweetness that are a superb counterplay to the rich flavors of most cold brews.

These three recipes all start with regular cold brew, which generally is made from coarse-ground coffee that’s soaked in room-temperature (or below) water for 12 or more hours, then filtered to remove the grounds before serving. For an even faster route to a pitcher of tasty cold brew, try our ultra-convenient cold-brew pouches. These 100 percent select Arabica beans are expertly blended and ground to help you create a flawless cold-brew beverage at home without any mess or filtering.

So brew up an ice-filled glass of one of these three refreshing coffee-ades, find your favorite porch or patio, and take a moment to savor the summer sunshine before it’s all gone.

Basil Coffee-Ade

This is the original coffee-ade recipe, with a touch of basil for a note of added complexity. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 5 ounces of water
  • 5 ounces cold-brew coffee
  • Fresh-smashed basil to taste

Directions:

Combine lemon juice and simple syrup, then dilute the solution with water. Add the cold brew and basil, then shake or stir until fully mixed.

Sparkling Mint Coffee-Ade

This light and bubbly version of lemonade coffee borrows from the popular sparkling cold-brew trend. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 5 ounces of club soda or seltzer
  • 5 ounces cold-brew coffee

Directions:

Mix the simple syrup into the lemon juice. Add the club soda or seltzer. Stir in cold brew.

Light Coffee-Ade

This low-calorie version of the basil coffee-ade recipe is perfect for coffee lovers looking to control their sugar intake. Add fresh mint or basil to kick it up a notch. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Stevia
  • 5 ounces of water
  • 5 ounces cold-brew coffee
  • Optional fresh-smashed mint or basil

Directions:

Add simple syrup to the lemon juice, then mix water into the solution. Combine the mixture with the cold brew, add herbs, then shake or stir.