Monday, 18 April 2016

Wake Up Mary - Cold Brew Coffee Bloody Mary



I love a Bloody Mary. It's always my tipple of choice when on a aeroplane for some reason. I've never used it as a morning after the night before hangover cure preferring to stick to a Virgin Mary, fry up or Irn Bru for those purposes. However BRITA, the filtered water people, have come up with a fab mocktail recipe with a kick. Instead of alcohol it uses cold brewed coffee. Genius! Devised by the Gentlemen Baristas for this year’s UK Coffee Week this is an energy drink for those with a gourmet palate. A fantastic flavour combination which perhaps shouldn't work but does. Wake Up Mary definitely punches above her weight. A caffeine hit and one of your 5 a day. If you want to add a shot of vodka too I won't judge you for it.






So, cold brewed coffee. It's one of those slightly hipster ideas that has crept up on the foodie scene in recent years. Much more appetising that perhaps it initially sounds sounds and far removed in flavour from hot coffee left to go cold. You don’t even need any particularly fancy equipment, just time, an airtight container and a cafetiere or standard paper coffee filter. You’ll end up with a smooth, concentrated extract that can be diluted with water or ice, enhanced with milk or syrup, used as a recipe ingredient or turned into a creative cocktail or mocktail. When you make any cup of coffee up to 98% is made up of water, so it’s important to ensure you use the best quality. By using a BRITA filter jug you reduce the impurities in tap water like lime scale, chlorine and domestic plumbing leftovers such as lead or copper and the result is great tasting coffee.






Before you Wake Up Mary you'll need to plan ahead and make your cold brew. For this you'll need ground coffee, BRITA Filtered Water, an airtight container and a cafetiere or coffee filter paper. Add the ground coffee and filtered water to the container in the ratio of 1:5 (100g coffee for 500ml) water. Stir the mixture thoroughly until all the coffee is floating on the top. Give it a final stir and leave it in the fridge for 12-16 hours. Filter twice through a cafetiere or other coffee filter and it's ready to enjoy. Any remaining coffee can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.



Wake Up Mary with BRITA Cold Brew Coffee

Ingredients
75ml cold brew coffee
15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
75ml tomato juice
15ml sugar syrup
Tabasco, Worcestershire Sauce and Black Pepper to Taste
Garnish - Celery Stick & Rosemary Sprig

Method
Make the sugar syrup using 1 part sugar to 2 parts BRITA filtered water.
Fill a glass with ice, add the cold brew, lemon juice, tomato juice, the sugar syrup and mix well.
Adjust to your personal taste with Tabasco, Worcestershire Sauce and freshly ground black pepper.
Garnish with a celery stick and a sprig of rosemary.




For further BRITA Cold Brew Coffee inspiration take a look at the following posts from fellow food bloggers

Disclosure : This is a commissioned post for BRITA. All views expressed are my own.

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18 comments :

  1. Love this! I shall go and pin it for those days when I need an extra little kick first thing in the morning ;)
    Janie x
    PS LOVE that little foxy cup too!

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    1. The little foxy cup is ace isn't he? And he has 3 more friends that are just perfect for cold brew coffee shots.

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  2. Oh my goodness I love this idea so much! Wonder if it's too early for a splash of vodka too ;)

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  3. Wow - that sounds like a awesome recipe - If this doesn't wake you up, nothing will! Eb x

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    1. Exactly! And its a delicious way to be woken up.

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  4. It really sounds like the kind of drink I would need to wake me up in the mornings. I'd love one of those BRITA filter jug's!

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    1. The jug is fab. It matches my kitchen and fits perfectly in my fridge door. Both facts which are equally as important as it's water purification qualities.

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  5. This sounds like my kind of bloody Mary! Caffeine is a great addition. I will try this!

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    1. It really does make sense and way better for you than a sugar filled energy drink.

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  6. Cold brew coffee is so good isn't it! Just need to be organised enough to know when you'll need the pick me up and this drink will be perfect. Thanks for linking to my post.

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    1. Love the sound of the ketchup too! Seeing as you can keep cold brew in the fridge for up to 7 days I wonder if you could freeze it?

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  7. Bloody mary in my heart. I went to an restaurant in Oslo last year and they served it with bacon hah!

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    1. Oh I absolutely love that idea! I must admit that I'm not a fan of celery so a crispy bacon rasher would make the perfect Bloody Mary stirrer for me.

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  8. Oooh lovely! I have so got to make some cold press coffee. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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    1. It is SO easy to make. Do give it a try.

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  9. Really really need to try cold brew coffee. It's been on my to-do list for about a year now, I'm just terrible at advanced planning. This is a really interesting flavour combination, at first I thought it was really odd and then I remembered that I add coffee to my chilli con carne which is tomato based and it tastes good in there so I suspect it'll taste great here too.

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    1. I've added Dark Chocolate to my chilli but never Coffee, can see that it would work. Definitely give cold brew coffee a try. Its actually really easy to make.

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