Nitro coffee lemonade! A very interesting combination.
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When the temperature rises around you, one normally prefers when it falls in the glass for compensation. Therefore, an ice-cold refreshing lemonade on a hot day is more welcomed than a steaming hot filter coffee. For all of you still looking for their little caffeine boost and not only want to drink coldbrew, must try a nitro coffee lemonade. A smooth combination of filter coffee, lemon juice and elderflower syrup. Does not work? Oh boy it does!
The nitro coffee lemonade idea
Here is how you go. As a base I use a fruity iced brew. For this, the coffee of choice is brewed directly over ice cubes or better yet, crushed ice. This has the effect that the oxidative process, which the coffee is exposed to after the brewing starts, is slowed down by the cooling and the coffee thereby retains its sparkle. Accordingly, it should be mentioned that the cold coffee which was sitting on the stove since 8:00 am in the morning is not suitable. Unless you are into bitter, stale coffee flavored puddle.
In our case I have chosen a light roasted Kenyan coffee. To produce one liter of coffee you will need:
- 60 gr of coffee, coarsely grounded (about the size of Quinoa)
- 750 ml of water at 94 ° C, filtered
- 250 gr of ice
- coffee filter
- 2 large measuring cups, buckets, pots or what ever that can hold a little more than a liter
Pour the coffee into the cup and then add the hot water. After 3’, break the crust of coffee with a spoon so that the grounds sink to the ground. Then pour the coffee through the filter directly into the second measuring cup on the ice.
If you want to, you can pour the coffee directly over the ice, or you let the coffee machine do the job, but both need a little bit more defined settings on your grind. So that is left to your own skills and the time you have. If everything was done correctly, the result is a cold, tartish and fruity coffee.
The actual coffee lemonade
To continue with the recipe, you will obviously need to add the lemonade! You have to use:
- 1 liter Iced Brew, as above
- Juice of 3 lemons, about 100-120 ml
- 100-250 ml high quality elderflower syrup
Optional for Nitro
- Siphon for whipped cream with 2 nitrogen capsules
Pour the lemon juice into the coffee and sweeten everything with elderflower syrup. Depending on how much lemon juice is used, and how sour / fruity the coffee is, you have to adapt the amount of syrup. Normally, it is a bit more than the amount of lemon juice used. But in the end it’s like cooking. Just taste and decide by yourself when it is sweet enough. Done.
Not just coffee lemonade
We will also nitro, it! So, if you now want to give some texture to it, you can fill the lemonade into a cream siphon and charge it with two nitrogen or cream chargers (same same). The high pressure ensures that the lemonade gets a consistency like a creamy Guinness. However, it must be ensured that the lemonade is freed of all the pulp previously, otherwise they will clog the valve from the siphon and it will leak! If you want to invest a little to impress, you can also go for a Nitro Brew Kettle. (see previous article)
Who does not have a siphon at hand, simply fills the batch in a large carafe with ice cubes and garnishes it with a few lemon or orange wheels and a sprig of mint.
And a tip for your BBQ and beach trips: if you fill everything in a plastic bottle(!), leave a little space in there and freeze it, you have a cool aid at hand all day! Remember that it’s important to leave some space in the bottle, if you don’t want a mess in the freezer. Water expands when it freezes, which gets even steel to burst.
For even more joy in the glass, the whole thing can be extended by a few drops of gin or sweet wine… Wait… What?