Cold Brew Rise & Shine Lemon Iced Coffee Recipe

Disclosure: I was given Gevalia's Cold Brew Iced Coffee Concentrate to use for recipe development.  I am under no obligation to post a positive review, and opinions are completely my own. 

Truth be told coffee is as necessary for me as is food, air and water!  These days its basically the fuel I run on.  Pretty sure its my lack of exercise, but I lack energy period so unless I start my day with that cup of joe, I'm a lost cause, and good luck getting me to smile Lol

I have to tell you though, as the weather starts to warm up, its not always that HOT cup of coffee that I turn to, and a cold brew is my go to especially in the afternoons.  I'm not a frappuccino kind of gal either, I tried it, but it did not succeed, too much sweetness and not enough being able to make this cold brew from home without spending the extra change in my pocket and standing in that long line at my local coffee shop on a nice warm day, pretty much makes any day a good day.

So let me tell you just how easy this recipe is to make.

GEVALIA Cold Brew Rise & Shine Lemon Iced Coffee

Prep Time: 10 min. | Makes: 1 serving

What you need:

·        1-1/4 cup water, divided
·        ½ cup sugar
·        Zest from 2 lemons
·        1/8 tsp. vanilla
·        ¾ cup GEVALIA House Blend Cold Brew Iced Coffee Concentrate

Make it:

Microwave ½ cup water in medium microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 min. or until
Water comes to a boil.
Add sugar, lemon zest and vanilla; stir until sugar is dissolved.  Let stand 3 min, strain into separate bowl. Discard strained solids.
Mix coffee concentrate, remaining water and 3 Tbsp. strained syrup until blended. Serve over ice in tall glass. Reserve remaining syrup for another use.

Special Extra:

For a creamier flavor and consistency, substitute almond milk for the remaining ¾ cup water mixed with the coffee concentrate and 3 Tbsp. strained syrup.

How to Store the Remaining Flavored Sugar Syrup:

Refrigerate the remaining flavored syrup up to 1 week before using.

Not only does it take about 10 minutes to make, there's no blending, no shaking, just stirring to make a perfectly cold brew coffee.

You basically already have everything you need at hands reach, no need for fancy tools or machines. Nowadays coffee is made in so many ways and although sometimes too complicated for me, I have to admit, this was the easiest, for me personally quick and uncomplicated is the way to go.

I wasn't sure how much I was going to like the lemon zest in my coffee but it adds that perfect punch of bitter sweetness mixed in with the homemade syrup, and its not too sweet but just enough for that savory coffee flavor.  

The best part is that you can make up to 8 cups with the GEVALIA cold brew concentrate and you can save the leftover syrup for up to a week and so the next time I go to make my Rise & Shine Lemon Iced Coffee, all I have to do is mix the GEVALIA Cold Brew iced coffee concentrate with the syrup over some ice, stir and enjoy!

For all you Iced coffee lovers out there and with the weather soon to warm up again here is So Cal, I truly recommend you go this route, you will soon be able to find GEVALIA Cold Brew Iced Coffee Concentrate House Blend and other flavors at your local grocery store.

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  1. This I must give a try. Like you coffee is how I start, and carry on with my days. This seems simple enough to do as well. Thank you for the idea.

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