zero waste cold brew coffee

It took me a really long time to jump on the cold brew coffee bandwagon. When I first heard about it all I could imagine was how bitter my coffee tastes when it has been sitting out a little too long and is a tepid room temperature. That is probably my least favorite taste. I love coffee when it is hot and I love coffee when it is ice cold, but anything in between is not acceptable.

My recent morning obsession has been a cup of cold brew coffee! I love that I can make a big batch and it’ll stay good all week long in the fridge – that makes my morning rush a lot easier.

This is an awesome zero-waste coffee option for anyone who needs convenience (& caffeine) in the morning too! I use the same glass jar every week, the grounds can be composted, and the cheesecloth can be reused! If you like the idea of cold brew but you like your coffee hot, this brew can be warmed up in the microwave and still tastes amazing!

Have you been wanting to make your own cold brew but haven’t known how to begin? No worries. Here are the simple steps I follow when making my own:

Directions:

  1. Grind your favorite whole bean coffee to a coarse ground. If you don’t enjoy grinding your beans fresh like we do, that’s okay, you can buy in bulk at the grocery store an
  2. d have them coarsely ground there!
  3. Place grounds at the bottom of your glass jar and fill with cold water. You should have a 1 part coffee to 8 parts water ratio, roughly!
  4. Cover jar and shake to combine well.
  5. Let steep in the fridge for 18 to 24 hours – I have let mine go as long at 48 hours before, it makes a strong coffee but I still love it! You can always add more water if it is too strong to enjoy.
  6. Place cheesecloth over the container you plan to store your coffee in and strain coffee into container.
  7. Store in the fridge and enjoy for the next week!

Tip: Carry your coffee in a reusable container and compost your coffee grounds!

Personally I usually drink my cold brew black but occasionally I like to add a little honey or coconut milk. This brewing method is my favorite because it takes all of the acidity out of the coffee but still leaves the bold flavor.

Have you experimented with cold brew at home? What are your favorite variations or ways to dress it up? I would love to hear your suggestions!

love & light

Lena

Bee’s Knees Honey Cocktail

I think honey is one of my favorite things on Earth, at least the organic, local, raw kind of honey. Growing up, I never liked that store bought, mass produced, clover honey but when I had my first taste of raw locally sourced honey, my fate was sealed. If it was acceptable for me to have a spoonful of honey for dessert every night, I probably would. But I can’t – so instead I’ll enjoy this lovely honey cocktail instead.

I discovered this cocktail while Will and I were testing out different signature cocktails for our August wedding. As soon as I read about the Bee’s Knees, I knew it was the cocktail for me! Not only because it has honey in it but because of the name too! Growing up my Dad would always call me Queen Bee, or Bee for short. Now at home Will calls me Bee too, so it is an ongoing theme in my life. My love for honey was merely coincidental…

This cocktail became popular during Prohibition – the honey and lemon were used to mask the not-so-lovely smell of bathtub gin. If it earned its name by being “the best” or the bee’s knees when it was made with bathtub gin, that gives you an idea of how amazing it tastes with a quality gin!

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 oz. homemade honey syrup
  • 2 oz. gin

Directions:

  1.  Make your homemade honey syrup by combining equal parts honey and water and heating it on medium low over the stovetop until completely combined – do NOT bring it to a boil. (Note: One cocktail calls for 1 ounce of syrup, I usually combine a half cup honey and half cup water and store it in a mason jar in the fridge for up to 5 days – but it is usually gone before I get to day 5…)
  2. In a cocktail shaker combined fresh lemon juice, honey syrup, gin, and ice.
  3. Shake vigorously and strain into glass. We use a coupe glass or martini glass.

Optional: Garnish with lemon twist!

So there you have it, my favorite refreshing summertime cocktail!

When we talk about maintaining life-balance one important thing is to make room for equal parts work and play. When it comes to play, Will and I have fun making artisan cocktails at home on the weekends and in the summer. Sometimes having a little something special at home, like this, is fun way give yourself a treat at the end of the day!

(*Also, here is a bonus picture of little Amelia, always loving the camera..)

What do you think? What are your favorite summertime cocktails to make at home?

love & light,
Lena