illy Ready To Drink Cold Brew in cans has been around for a year or so. But until now, we’ve only drunk it straight from the can.
(Yes, the brand spells its name in small letters—illy—but the editor in us will refrain from a rant.)
Now, the brand gives us a creative new take on cold coffee drinks.
illy worked with Italian Master Barista Giorgio Milos to develop three fusion iced cold brew recipes that combine illy with carbonated soft drinks.
While the concept may sound unusual, trust Sig. Milos on this, and add something different to your summer coffee-drinking.
These three cold brew x soda recipes are simple to make, with 3 ingredients or less. Easy, peasy, fun. But first, let us introduce you to…
illy Ready To Drink Cold Brew is cold brewed for 12 hours, resulting in a flavor that is naturally sweet and balanced, with less acidity (photo #1).
It’s made with 100% Arabica coffee beans (more about Arabica), all natural, preservative-free, no added colors or flavors.
And illycaffè is a leading global force in sustainable high-quality coffee—a feel-better product.
The 8.45 fluid-ounce can has 190mg caffeine. There no sugar added, and the can is just 5 calories.
If you make the recipe with diet soft drinks, you can enjoy the beverage for…just 5 calories.
While Sig. Milos offers his pro tip for each recipe, THE NIBBLE has a tip of its own:
All of these are great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Another tip: Before you start mixing, chill all the ingredients.
The combination of cola and cold brew combines two popular pick-me-ups. You may become a big fan.
Recipe: Fill a 12-ounce glass halfway with ice, add 5 ounces of cold brew and finish with 4 ounces of your cola of choice.
Pro Tip: Elevate this recipe by using a craft or artisan cola (Boylan’s, GuS or any of the fine regional brands).
Cream soda (which is flavored with vanilla) pairs nicely with the smooth caramel and chocolatey notes of the cold brew. Here’s how to update a glass of cream soda.
Recipe: Fill a 12-ounce glass halfway with ice. Add 4 ounces of illy cold brew, 4 ounces of cream soda, and mix.
Pro Tip: Always add the carbonated ingredient last, to keep the bubbles lively.
Cherry and coffee? Yes indeed: This new take on cherry soda will make you a believer.
Recipe: Fill a 12-ounce glass halfway with ice, add 1 ounce of cherry syrup, add 4 ounces of cold brew and stir gently. Top with 4 ounces of plain seltzer water. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
(Editor’s Note: We didn’t have cherry syrup, so we used cherry soda, replacing both the syrup and the seltzer water.)
Pro Tip: Seltzer water is more carbonated and doesn’t go flat as quickly as club soda, sparkling water or mineral waters.
Gather the ingredients and have a taste test.