I had all these recipes planned for the next few weeks, but then I realized we’re only a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving!!! EEEE!!! Numero uno, I love Thanksgiving! It is one of my favorite holidays of the year, full of wonderful childhood memories. But, numero dos, it also signals the end of fall and beginning of winter. That means any and all fall, pumpkin, cinnamony goodness needs to happen immediately!
So, scoot over recipe plan, we’ve got some yummy fall recipes to squeeze in instead. Starting today. Chai spiced coffee? OK! Are you in? You should be in. Have you ever had a dirty chai (chai+espresso shots)? This sort of tastes like that, except there are way fewer steps involved. It’s a yummy balance between coffee and chai spices.
Now you may be asking why I’m giving you a cold brew recipe when it’s snowing where you are. Well let’s be honest, it’s not that cold in AZ. But everyone knew that. The truth is, I drank cold brew coffee year round, even when I lived in Colorado. I just prefer cold coffee to hot, most of the time. But the great thing about cold brew is that it’s smoother and less acidic than regular coffee. Soooo, even if you make it cold brew style, you can warm it up to drink it. Then you can have your coffee hot or cold or whatever which way you prefer.
I like to add a dab of maple syrup to this coffee (and any coffee, really), but you can add cashew milk, almond milk, honey syrup, organic sugar, or…nothing at all! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
Chai Spiced Cold Brew
1 Lt filtered water
1c ground coffee
1 1/2t cinnamon
1t dried orange peel
1t vanilla powder (optional)
In the nut milk bag or the mesh insert in the cold brew maker, add all of the remaining ingredients.
Put the mesh insert into the water, being careful not to dump any coffee grounds into the water.
To make sure the coffee grounds are completely saturated with water, carefully stir it using a small spatula or dull butter knife.
Let the coffee grounds steep in the water for about 24 hours (refrigerated or at room temp).
Once the coffee is as strong as you like it, pull out the coffee grounds and dump them. You’re left with wonderful, chai spiced coffee in your pitcher.
Don't forget, if you decide to sip on this, snap a photo for me! Post your picture on Instagram, and tag me at #ideatthatfoodtoo. You can also Pin this picture so you don't forget to make this another time!