How to make Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

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How to make Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

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Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Dunkin’ Donuts. I received a Dunkin’ Donuts Party Kit to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. All opinions and photograph are my own.


This past weekend I had a great time hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch. We celebrated by cooking good food and sampling Dunkin Donuts seasonal flavors by making cold brewed iced coffee.

For a limited time Dunkin Donuts has three new flavors that are perfect springtime flavors but you can use any flavor coffee to make your own homemade iced coffee concentrate.

  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Coconut
  • Triple Berry
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Dunkin Donut Mothers Day Brunch. Celebrating with the new Spring seasonal coffee flavors.

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Everyone in my family are big Dunkin Donuts fans. We are lucky enough to have a Dunkin Donut located less than 5 minutes away.  On the weekends we will pick up donuts or bagels for breakfast.  Any time we feel like it we stop in for an iced coffee or frappuccino.

Dunkin Donuts sent me a party kit to help introduce the new seasonal flavors. Each guest left with a tote bag that had a full size bag of  one seasonal coffee flavor, a tumbler and coupons good for $2 off a purchase of Dunkin Donut coffee.

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Dunkin Donut Seasonal Flavors

There was also a recipe card for making iced coffee. To be honest I didn’t even read the recipe card because I have my own favorite method of brewing coffee for an iced coffee drink. For a couple of years now I have been brewing one quart of cold brew coffee concentrate each week so I can enjoy a great tasting iced coffee without ever leaving the house.

The cold brewing method makes the smoothest tasting glass of ice coffee. You do not get any of the bitterness that you get when coffee is brewed hot and then poured over ice.

It takes a little planning but is so worth it. Once you get a taste of an iced coffee made at home with the cold brew method you will never brew a hot cup of coffee for an iced coffee again.

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How to make cold brew coffee


To make cold brew coffee you very simply add your coffee grounds to a jar and fill the jar with water. Set it on the counter for 24 hours. After 24 hours strain the coffee concentrate through a fine mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter. 

You can find a more detailed recipe below in the Ziplist recipe format below.

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Rinse the jar and return the coffee concentrate to the clean jar.  Store in the refrigerator. To make a glass of iced coffee pour some of the coffee concentrate into a glass filled with ice. Top off with your choice of dairy. I use milk or coffee creamer. Sweeten with your choice of sweetener.

I’ve never actually measured the amount of coffee concentrate I add to a glass. I usually drink it out of a pint size mason jar. I fill my jar with ice then pour the coffee concentrate in till the glass is about a 1/3 full. Then I pour milk in, add sugar and stir. I learned by trial and error what made the perfect glass of iced coffee for me.

My daughter likes hers much stronger and will fill her glass almost 2/3 full before adding creamer. You just have to make it a few times to figure out where you’re perfect iced coffee needs to be.

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Dunkin Donuts Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

Everyone sampled each of the flavors and the Coconut flavor won hands down. But my oldest daughter loved the Strawberry Shortcake flavor. I was a little leery of how the Triple Berry flavor would taste and was very surprised that it actually tasted very good in my iced coffee. All three flavors tasted very good as an iced coffee.

The seasonal flavors are only available for a short time so if you see them you better grab a bag before they are gone.

You can search with your zip code on the Dunkin Donuts website to see where they are being sold in your area.

How to make Cold Brew Iced Coffee
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You of course can use what ever dairy or non dairy product you prefer. I have enjoyed iced coffee with coconut milk and it is very good.
Recipe type: Cold Brewed Iced Coffee
Serves: 1 quart
  • 1 cup of coffee grounds
  • 1 quart mason jar
  • water to fill
To Make a Cold Brew Iced Coffee Concentrate
  1. Measure 1 cup of coffee grounds into a quart size mason jar
  2. Cover the coffee grounds with cold water.
  3. Shake the jar so all of the grounds are saturated.
  4. When the coffee grounds settle top off the jar with more water.
  5. Allow to steep for 24 hours.
Strain Coffee Grounds
  1. Place a plastic fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Line the strainer with a coffee filter.
  2. Pour half of the jar contents into the strainer. Allow all the liquid to drain.
  3. Pour the remaining coffee concentrate and grounds into the strainer. Allow to drain completely.
  4. Swish about a ¼ of a cup of water in the jar to get the last bits of coffee grounds out of the jar. Pour into the strainer.
  5. Press the grounds with the back of a spoon to push all the liquid out of the coffee grounds.
  6. Wash and rinse the jar.
  7. Pour the coffee concentrate back into the clean jar.
  8. Keep refrigerated until ready to make a glass of cold brewed iced coffee.
To Make a glass of iced coffee
  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Add enough coffee concentrate to fill the glass about ⅓ full.
  3. Add sweetner of choice.
  4. Fill glass with milk and stir.
I first learned of the cold brew method of iced coffee from the Pioneer Woman's blog. She makes a much larger amount of cold brewed coffee concentrate. I've adjusted her directions for my own use making a smaller amount of coffee concentrate that lasts me about a week.
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Serving size: 1 pint glass

Along with the Dunkin Donuts seasonal flavor coffee, donuts, bagels  & cream cheese we enjoyed my favorite Mother’s Day brunch recipe of Nutella Double Stuffed French Toast, pancakes, sausage, hash browns and a very delicious breakfast casserole my MIL Bonnie made that I did not get a photo of.  I will be getting the recipe from her and posting it soon.

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Mother’s Day Brunch

Our Mother’s Day  brunch celebration was hit.  I couldn’t have asked for more.

We had great coffee, delicious food and spent the morning with the people we love most. 

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  1. says

    I never knew how to make cold-brewed coffee, although I did learn a trick for Dunkin Donuts’ own double-brewed coffee when I worked at an independently-owned coffee shop as a barista. You brew a pot of hot coffee, chill it in the fridge until it’s cold, and then use the cold coffee in place of the water to brew a second pot. And boy does it come out strong (and amazing!)

    You put together such an awesome Mother’s Day Brunch!

  2. Rowanvamp0 says

    I’m trying this for the first time today..I’ll let you know how it turns out..I do have one question I assume that since it’s cold brew method that after you put in your one cup of coffee and you added your water to the top, do you then put it in the fridge for the 24 hrs???

  3. Mike Cahill says

    Here’s a simple tip to make this a lot easier. Tried this today, it came out good but didn’t have Dunkin coffee so I’m going to run and grab some to try it with. Anyway, when it came to having to strain it I thought why don’t I just pour it into my french press after steeping to separate the grinds from the coffee. That is the easy solution, buy yourself a french press (they’re not very expensive at all). Steep the coffee in that for 24 hours, then when it’s ready, push the plunger down and your grinds are separated, coffee is ready to pour. Ready to go in seconds with no mess/strainer/filter etc. I have a 2 cup Bodum french press, works great.

  4. says

    Hello there! I tried making cold brew coffee today but it didn’t turn out as I originally tried it. When speaking of how much water you use, do you fill it all the way up to the top of the jar? Or do you just use enough to cover the grounds? I used just a little more to cover my 1/3 cup of grounds and it wasn’t bad, but not the best.

    Any advice? I’ll try your 1 cup recipe next time haha!

  5. Sarah S says

    I love cold brewed coffee for my homemade cold coffee drinks. One way I have done it in the past is to make ‘tea bags’ of coffee. Use coffee filters fill with some coffee grounds and tie shut. Let them soak in the water overnight. Then you take the bags out and its much cleaner than filtering out the grounds.
    PS How/where can I get involved in getting to sample new flavors. Sounds awesome!! :)


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