Homemade spiced Christmas cold brew coffee is delicious and easy to make. Seasonally spiced, naturally sweet and delicious – enjoy the coffee shop experience at home.
Cold brew coffee – smooth, naturally sweet and without any bitterness – is a delicious change from more usual home hot brewing techniques such as pour over or a cafetière. I’m a big fan, and drink cold brew regularly over the summer. For something tasty and different in these colder months, though, my homemade Christmas cold brew coffee adds seasonal spices for a great tasting coffee experience.
A glass of cool, sweet cold brew, shows the natural sugars in the coffee and tastes great without any bitterness, a result of the long, slow, brewing process overnight in the fridge. But we can enjoy it at any time of year, and adjust the recipe to reflect the season, which is what we’ve done here.
This home made Christmas cold brew coffee is as straightforward to make as regular cold brew.
How do I make Christmas cold brew coffee?
Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for about 12 hours. To make this Christmas version, we add spices to the ground coffee.
The easiest way to make this is with a cold brew pot: add coffee and spices to the mesh filter, fill with water and leave in the fridge overnight. If you don’t have a cold brew pot, simply use a cafetière and plunge in the morning. You don’t even need that – steep the coffee overnight in a jug; next morning filter out the grounds using a funnel and piece of muslin or a coffee filter.
Adjust the quantities of spice to your taste. I used cinnamon, vanilla paste, nutmeg and cloves, but you could substitute in allspice and a fresh vanilla pod. Add the spices to the ground coffee, pour over the water and place in the fridge overnight. I used 50g of coffee to 500ml of water: to that, I added one 10 cm/4″ piece of cinnamon, 2 cloves, a pinch of grated nutmeg and a drop of vanilla paste (it’s powerful stuff!).
In the morning, you can drink it as it comes, or drop in a couple of cranberries and a slice of orange for an even more Christmassy taste!
Homemade Festive Spiced Cold Brew Coffee
- 50 g ground coffee
- 500 ml water (cold)
- 1 stick cinnamon (10cm/4")
- 2 cloves
- 1 pinch nutmeg (freshly grated)
- Add coffee, spices and water to cold brew pot/cafetiere/jug.
- Leave to steep overnight in the fridge or for at least 8 hours
- After it's brewed, remove / plunge / filter coffee grounds and spices. Enjoy the spiced cold brew coffee
Homemade spiced festive cold brew coffee would be the perfect accompaniment to our orange spice french toast for brunch.
Or, for another festive drink, make my easy Spiced Cranberry Vodka with Orange