This cardamom cold brew iced latte is a delicious coffee beverage that is perfect for your caffeine fix on a hot day, or just to sip on when you want to indulge on something sweet. Making cold brew at home is very easy, and to spice things up all you need is to add some crushed cardamom and let that infuse your beverage as the coffe brews! Then just add ice, milk and vanilla syrup.
Infusing coffee with spices is a lovely way to give your favourite beverage a new flavour depth. While you can add flavoured syrup or essence to coffee, another way to spice things up is by brewing your coffee together with the spices.
I first saw my godmother make cardamom coffee by adding a couple crushed pods to the coffee grounds in her moka pot. I was instantly hooked. Fast forward a few years and it’s a torrid summer and cold brew is all the rage and, honestly, the only thing I wanna drink. What if I made cardamom cold brew?
How to make cardamom cold brew
Cardamom cold brew coffee is easily made in a jug or mason jar. The procedure is not at all different from making simple cold brew coffee. The only difference here is that we are adding crushed cardamom to the coffee grounds, so that the spice will nicely infuse the coffee as it slowly brews. This will give a deeper flavour than just adding ground cardamom to the ready made coffee.
Here are the ingredients to make one batch of cardamom cold brew:
- 500 ml water
- 45 g coffee
- 1 tsp cardamom pods
One batch of cardamom cold brew should be enough to make approximately 4-5 iced lattes (directions to make iced latte follow).
The amount of coffee needed in this recipe is 45 g. It equals a heap 1/2 cup of coffee beans, or about 3/4 cup of coffee grounds. I prefer to use coffee beans and grind them myself, as this is the best way to get the full flavour and freshness from your coffee. However, if you don’t have a grinder, it’s okay to use ground coffee.
To make cold brew the coffee should be coarsely ground. On my coffee grinder I choose the “French press” setting to get a nice coarse grind. If you’re buying ground coffee, choose the coarser grind you can find.
Next is the cardamom. Again for best results I recommend getting the pods and crushing them yourself. You will need 1 tsp cardamom pods. Open the pods and extract the seeds that are inside it. Transfer the seeds to a mortar and crush them with the pestle. If you can only find ground cardamom, 1/3 tsp will do.
Add 500 ml of cold water to a container and pour in the coffee grounds and the ground cardamom. Give the mixture a good stir and let sit for 5 minutes. Then give the mixture another stir and close the lid (or cover with cling film if using a jug). Place the jar in the fridge and let it rest for a minimum of 12 hours.
The coffee grounds that at the beginning were floating will absorb the water and fall to the bottom of the jar. The water will have nicely infused with the coffee and the cardamom.
Filter the mixture either by pouring the coffee through a pour-over coffee maker or using a French press. If you pour the coffee carefully, most of the grounds will stay on the bottom of the jar.
How to make cardamom cold brew iced latte
Now that your cardamom cold brew is ready, you can use it to make some wonderful coffee drinks and cocktails. Cold brew coffee is very strong and intense and is best enjoyed mixed with other drinks or served with lots of ice that will gradually dilute it. Making cardamom cold brew iced latte is definitely my favourite way to enjoy the concentrated cardamom coffee.
Pour 2 tbsp vanilla syrup in a glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes. Add 3 parts of your milk of choice. I really like oat milk, in particular the “barista” version which has a higher protein content and makes a lovely foam just by shaking it.
Top with 1 part cardamom cold brew. You can choose to keep the drinks separated by pouring the coffee over a spoon, in order to create two layers. Or you can just pour the coffee directly into the milk to make this marbled effect.
Serve with a long spoon or a straw so that you can stir the vanilla syrup before drinking it. A stirrer is useful also if you plan on slowly sipping your cardamom cold brew iced latte in order to always mix the melting ice.
Related: London fog tea latte.
A hotter alternative?
Cold brew coffee can be used in hot beverages, too. Since it’s so concentrated, you just need to add some to hot milk to make a hot version of this cardamom latte.
The biggest advantage of cold brew is that it keeps well in the fridge. You can store it in a bottle in your fridge for up to a week. So if you don’t have the time to daily brew your coffee, you can just keep a bottle of cardamom cold brew in the fridge and add it to a glass of hot milk to spice your breakfast up in a matter of seconds!
Do you like coffee with spices? Let me know in the comments!
Cardamom cold brew iced latte
Cardamom infused cold brew coffee gets mixed with oat milk, vanilla syrup and ice cubes to make a delicious and flavourful iced latte.
For the cardamom cold brew
- 500 ml water
- 45 g coffee coarsely ground
- 1 tsp cardamom pods seeds crushed
For the iced latte
- 3 parts oat milk
- 1 part cardamom cold brew
- 2 tbsp vanilla syrup
Cardamom cold brew
Add 500 ml of cold water to a jar and pour in the coffee grounds and the ground cardamom. Give the mixture a good stir and let sit for 5 minutes. Then give the mixture another stir and close the lid . Place the jar in the fridge and let it rest for a minimum of 12 hours.
Filter the cold brew coffee through a pour-over coffee maker or using a French press. Transfer the cardamom cold brew coffee to a bottle and keep in the fridge for up to a week.
Cold brew iced latte
Add 2 tbsp vanilla syrup to a glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
Add 3 parts oat milk; hake vigorously before adding to the glass to get some top foam.
Top with 1 part cardamom cold brew coffee. Serve with a stirrer to mix in the vanilla syrup.
If using whole coffee beans, make sure to grind them coarsely, as if to be used in a French press rather than in a pour-over or aeropress.
Crushed cardamom seeds are to be preferred, but if you cannot find cardamom pods, you can use 1/3 tsp ground cardamom.