Get Summer-Ready with Nonalcoholic Coffee and Tea Cocktail Tips and Drink Recipes from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea | News
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Award-winning coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is celebrating summer by sharing tips and recipes for nonalcoholic drinks.
“Nothing’s more satisfying on a hot, sunny day than a cooling, booze-free beverage,” said Sustainability Director Brandon Bir.
“Enjoy these refreshing drinks on your patio, while out walking your dog, gathering with friends or even just driving around in your car. They travel well, so all you need is a to-go cup!”
At Crimson Cup, Bir travels as much as 100,000 miles each year to discover exceptional coffees and teas. “It’s no wonder that many of my favorite beverages have a coffee or tea base.”
He suggested prepping coffee and tea concentrates to keep on hand. “Stored in airtight containers in your fridge for up to two weeks, concentrates can turn into delectable drinks whenever you’re in the mood.”
Bir begins with a white floral tea from the company’s flagship Crimson coffeehouse at Easton Town Center in Columbus.
“It’s important to start with terrific tea,” he said. “It’s somewhat subjective, but you know it when you taste it.”
To create the concentrate, put 15 to 20 grams of tea into a tea press. Add four hundred milliliters (about 13.5 ounces) of 160-degree water. Steep it for four minutes and then extract the tea.
“It’s really strong so that the flavor will come through when mixed with other ingredients,” Bir said. “Don’t drink it straight!”
- Pour 1.5 ounces of cold tea concentrate into a mixing vessel.
- Add 1.5 ounces of orange juice, or an ounce of lemon or lime juice.
- Add two dashes cranberry, orange or grapefruit bitters.
- Add a sweetener of your choice to taste. For cane sugar, start with ½ tsp.
- Stir together and pour into a tall glass filled with ice.
- Top the glass with fruit-flavored sparkling water.
- Stir lightly and garnish with a slice of citrus.
“The result is a super fruit, light and floral beverage that takes the heat off the humid days of summer.”
Bir likes to bloom the ground coffee with hot water, then add cold water and brew for two hours at room temperature.
He uses a ratio of one part coffee to 10 parts water. “Use 40 grams of coffee ground to medium fine for 400 milliliters of water,” he said. “Again, you want to use a superb coffee, like one of Crimson Cup’s natural processed Peruvian coffees.”
Put the fresh-ground coffee in a mason jar, and add just enough 200-degree hot water to allow it to bloom, which releases some of the flavor compounds.
Then, add the remaining cold water, put a lid loosely on the top and let it sit on the counter for two hours.
“Do not screw the top on tightly!” Bir cautioned. “The coffee will release carbon dioxide, which could cause the glass to explode if there’s nowhere for it to expand.”
After two hours, stir the coffee and grounds together and then pour through a sieve or coffee filter into a container with an airtight lid.
- Pour 1.5 ounces of cold coffee concentrate or cold brew into a mixing vessel.
- Add 1.5 ounces of fresh-squeezed orange juice. Use a sweet variety like Cara Cara or Blood Orange.
- Add sweetener to taste. For cane sugar, start with ½ tsp.
- Add 3 ounces of almond, soy, macadamia or other milk alternative.
- Stir, then add two dashes of grapefruit or orange bitters.
- Mix everything together, pour into a tall glass filled with ice, and garnish with an orange slice.
“Drink this in the afternoon or as a nightcap,” Bir said. “It tastes like a creamy orange popsicle – super, super tasty. It has a bit of caffeine because of the coffee.”
Beyond these recipes, Bir suggested experimenting at home or dropping into your local independent coffee house for inspiration.
About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea
Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is celebrating 30 years of Coffee + Community. Since May 1991, Crimson Cup has roasted sustainably sourced craft coffee for consumers and wholesale coffee customers. It is a 2020 Good Food Award winner, 2019 Golden Bean Champion for Small Franchise/Chain Roaster and Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year.
Through its 7 Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program, the company teaches entrepreneurs to run independent coffee houses in their local communities. By developing a coffee shop business plan, entrepreneurs gain insight into how much it costs to open a coffee shop.
Crimson Cup also supports life-enriching projects through its Friend2Farmer® initiatives, promoting the education, health, sustainability and economic growth of small-plot coffee farmers and their communities.
Crimson Cup coffee is available through over 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 30 states, Guam and Bangladesh. The company also operates several Crimson Cup Coffee Houses and a new Crimson retail flagship store. To learn more, visit crimsoncup.com, or follow the company on Facebook and Instagram.
Cheryl Claypoole, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, 614-361-5023, [email protected]
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