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The Ingredient That's Missing from Your Cold Brew

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Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: How to make cold brew cooler.

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Amanda C. Thompson's comment on How to Make Cold-Brewed Coffee sparked our curiosity: "Pro tip: Add mint. It tastes even more refreshing that way. Just include a few sprigs when you mix your water and grounds and steep them with the rest of the brew." 

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Whoa, wait. This was one of those tips that just seemed so why-didn't-I-think-of-that genius, I had to give it a try. For my next batch of cold brew, I did as Amanda suggested, using three mint sprigs for a 32-ounce French press. The mint added brightness and a "Hm, what is that flavor?" It tasted faintly of mint, but subtle and unlike the often overwhelming flavor you'd get from peppermint or spearmint extract. Do as Amanda says. This is coffee like it's mint to be. 

Have any cool cold brew tips? Tell us in the comments below!

Photos by James Ransom

Tags: kitchen confidence, cold brew, mint