Guess who went to a concert 3.5 hours away on a Monday night… Then came back the same night… Then went to work Tuesday morning and stayed for almost 12 hours? Simple math tells us: that is too many hours of traveling and rocking out and working. And not enough of sleeping.
I don’t know if I’m bragging or telling you that I’m a GIANT IDIOT.
Maybe not that much of an idiot, because this was waiting for me at home. A pitcher of coffee in your fridge can fix anything.
So, just what is the deal with cold brewing? To recap, it’s making coffee without heat–mix and let it sit, then filter. I first posted it early last summer, but it’s been a year-round staple for me ever since. And believe me, I love nothing more than steaming milk for a cappuccino on a winter morning, but that kind of luxury ain’t suited for the M-F of a busy life, baby.
Cold-brewed coffee is an easy, convenient solution, and even the plain-Jane version tastes far superior than hot-brewed and iced coffee. This time, we’re taking things to a fancy new level: infusing our concoction with orange and cardamom. Fragrant citrus and warm spice: good morning, sunshine! It’s so, so very lovely. I normally drink my cold brew black, but this version, combined with some unsweetened (sweetened would be great too, obviously) vanilla almond milk, is just out of this world.
So, my sister turned 31 last week! Apropos of totally nothing, she still has the glowy, perfectly poreless skin of a newborn. In other related news, I’ve come to suspect that I also may be part vampire. Sadly, it seems that all I have inherited from that side of the fam is that I’m averse to sunlight (and probably wooden stakes, but who isn’t?).
The sister seems to prefer pumpkin spice lattes to virgin blood, though. BORING, but also a whole lot better-tasting, right?
Let me tell you… If you are fond of someone who enjoys a good pumpkin latte, this is THE cake for such a person’s special occasions. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations. Retirements, housewarmings, baby showers. Getting paroled. Whatever, you get the picture.
Pumpkin and espresso may seem like an odd combo at first, but this only works to your advantage. Once you remind everyone of pumpkin lattes, Clever Points… You will get them.
I was going to call it Cold Brewed Coffee for BAMFs, to truly illustrate how a glass of quality iced coffee makes me feel.
But… This is a (semi)family-friendly operation. Depending on your family, of course. All that matters is, good coffee makes me feel like this:
Everyone should feel that way most of the time.
Why cold brewing? In short, cold brewing coffee–as opposed to brewing coffee traditionally and then icing it–means less acidity, smoother flavor and BAMFdom. It’s science. I’m just the messenger.
This recipe makes two quarts of black iced coffee (not iced coffee concentrate; I like my coffee black and ready to go). Two quarts, incidentally, is the perfect amount for five tall (12.8-ounce, to be precise) glasses. That’s one excellent drink for each excellent day in a standard workweek.
Did you notice that standard wine bottles contain five glasses of wine? That’s for your evenings, be they excellent or Decidedly Not Excellent™. Five is a magic number–a nod and a wink from the universe to the working masses (again, I’m just the messenger).
So, this is seriously the most grown-up birthday cake I’ve ever made. There is brandy and coffee and dark, bittersweet chocolate. My sister turned 30 recently–30! And it’s sort of odd for me, because she’s had her life in order for so long that I have thought of her as a 30something year old for quite some time now.