DIY Cold Brew

It’s Wednesday. And whether that is a good thing or the dreaded mid-week  I have an amazing iced coffee recipe that I know will make Wednesday skip right into Friday and the much awaited weekend, unless you are a wedding photographer and well we know how that goes…but I hope that it  brightens up your “case of the Wednesdays!” I am a coffee addict/snob/habitual drinker/etc and during the hot months I crave nothing more than an iced coffee, but lets face it they get expensive fast! My local shop sells them for 3-4 bucks a pop. Why can’t we all just be millionaires? I have been messing around with different combinations for the perfect cold brew and I think this one is kind of close! You can thank me later.

For this brew I used a large mason jar + 2 cups of coarse and freshly ground coffee, I prefer a Central American or African bean but feel free to use whatever you prefer. Place the coffee in the mason jar and fill with filtered water. Place the lid, shake, and let it steep over night – 24 hrs. Pour over ice and dress it up as you wish. If its too strong for you use less coffee. I used my chemex to filter my coffee, if you dont have a chemex you can use cheese cloth. I drink mine black or with almond milk.

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Watermelon + Basil Agua Fresca

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Now that we are getting so close to July, I think it’s safe to say summer has officially begun! (Right?!) And nothing says summer quite like a sweaty glass of agua fresca sipped out in the yard while relaxing on a hammock and reading a good book! Drink, hammock, book how is that possible you say? With this handy little Mason Jar Tumbler from the Mason Jar Company. My husband gave it to me on my birthday (he knows me so well and my obsession with mason jars) and it has quickly become my favorite. With the summer heat I try to drink a lot more water than I usually do, I have found out that the hangover feeling that I get after working a wedding coined my many pros the “Wedding Hangover” mind you absolutely no alcohol involved is a result of dehydration. So I am trying really hard to drink a lot more water and therefore I am infusing it with different fruits and herbs. The combinations are endless and I usually end up with a super refreshing and tasty drink. My to go mixture is Lemon + Chocolate Mint but its watermelon season so I couldn’t resist giving the typical Agua de Sandia a little makeover.

This recipe is fool-proof and the combinations are endless. I used watermelon because that is what I had in my fridge and basil because I have a ton of it in my garden. This drink is refreshing, delicious, and free of added sugars. Moms this is a great alternative for kids who don’t like drinking water and only want to drink sugary juices.

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Watermelon + Basil Agua Fresca

– 1/2 Small Watermelon blended

– 1 Handful of basil leaves or to taste

– 1 quart water

– Ice

Directions

Blend the watermelon and basil together, once you have a puree consistency pour into a container that can fit both the water and mixture. This should be sweet on its on own, no need for added sugars. Place in a glass with ice and enjoy!