Try this fruity, refreshing twist on cold brew

Jazz up your iced coffee with this recipe that's sweet, bitter, and just a little spicy, thanks to the ginger beer

By Ashlie D. Stevens
Published August 9, 2020 5:30PM (EDT)
Blackberry Cold Brew (Ashlie Stevens)
Blackberry Cold Brew (Ashlie Stevens)

Since I started working from home last summer, I've been on a mission to make better, more interesting coffee drinks in my own kitchen. From interviewing the experts about their recommendations, to spicing up my cold brew game, it's been a journey. 

But one tip that I just couldn't wrap my taste buds around came from Ren Doughty, outreach and customer support coordinator at Batdorf & Bronson Roasters: add fruit to your cold brew. 

As he told Salon in April, "frozen and fresh fruit in iced coffee, either as ice cube substitutes or blended in, can be a fun way to add dimension to your drink. Blackberries or blueberries parallel a brew's sweetness, while more tropical fruits like mango and pineapple highlight its acidity without being overpowering." 

So, I started experimenting and, after being gifted with a pint of fresh blackberries, found a winning combination — blackberries, ginger beer, and cold brew. It's a simple drink, but these ingredients make for a really multifaceted flavor profile. It's sweet, bitter, a little spicy and, above all, refreshing. 

Recipe: Blackberry Cold Brew Fizz

Yields: 1 serving of 8 ounces

  • 4 tablespoons of fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
  • ½ cup of water
  • 3 ounces of cold brew 
  • 5 ounces of ginger beer

1. In a small saucepan, combine the blackberries, brown sugar, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally until the fruit starts to break down and thicken — about 10 minutes. Set aside and allow it to cool. 

2. Add the blackberries to a glass over ice and top with cold brew. Stir vigorously until combined. 

3. Top off with ginger beer. 

Ashlie D. Stevens

Ashlie D. Stevens is a staff writer at Salon, specializing in culture and food.

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