Want to know what’s getting me through afternoons? (Yes, plural. As in every single afternoon.)
Always cold brew.
Always mint simple syrup.
In the beginning of life with Demi, I couldn’t figure out why I was tired even though I was getting about the same amount of sleep (about) per night.
Turns out that interrupted sleep is not the same as ‘normal’ sleep. But it’s our new normal and so I’ll take ALL the coffee. Also, last week when I worked a bit in addition to this interrupted sleep?! Oy.
This coffee isn’t really a recipe, but it’s my new favorite drink and I felt like it had to be shared with all of you. Please join me in my caffeine addiction.
After the Kentucky Derby, we had an extra container of mint and my mind went from extra mint to mint-simple-syrup-for-iced-coffee. I thought I was recreating a coffee that I had in Minneapolis last fall (the Hendrick’s from FiveWatt) but that was juniper and basil simple syrup…I guess that’s next on my list!
Turns out mint in coffee is as delicious (and scary sounding) as juniper and basil.
It’s so easy to make simple syrup! Combine sugar, water and mint. Boil until the sugar has dissolved, let the mint seep a bit and strain. Store in a jar for easy afternoon (or morning) coffees.
Then it’s even easier: take your iced coffee (I love cold brew) + half & half + mint simple syrup to taste.
What interrupted sleep?!
Oh! And have you heard of coffee naps? Must try this soon.
PS. If you’re into cold brew, I had cold brew conversations with two coffee experts and successfully made a delicious batch! They recommend 12 oz FRESHLY ground (as in, immediately) coffee beans and 1 liter of water. I added a bit more water than was recommended and let soak at room temperature for 16 hours. This makes a concentrate which is then diluted with a 1:2 ratio (coffee: water or milk). Soooo happy I finally perfected it!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- .75 oz fresh mint (or more!)
- cold brew coffee
- half & half
- In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water and mint.
- Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Lower to simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit for at least an hour.
- Strain out mint and store in the refrigerator.
- Use in coffee, tea or cocktails!