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Fizzy Cold Brewed Coffee

There’s the old familiar iced coffee, then the slightly more “in” cold brewed coffee, then there’s this soon-to-be summer fad, Fizzy Cold Brewed Coffee, a simple, super refreshing carbonated coffee!

Fizzy cold brew coffee with cream in a glass

On a warm spring or summer day, there’s nothing better than preparing a nice, refreshing glass of iced coffee… or is there?

Spoiler alert: There IS. It’s called fizzy cold brew coffee, and it’s the best coffee drink you’ll ever have. You can quote me on that one.

Fizzy cold brew coffee is made using normal cold brew coffee ingredients, but with the addition of sparkling water. The water gives it a carbonation that provides a nice bubbly kick that, when combined with the strong taste and familiar coffee flavor, is totally unbeatable. 

I love coffee in the morning like everyone else, but this drink is especially perfect for long summer afternoons when I need a pick-me-up to help me avoid a mid-afternoon nap. 

We’ll make a batch of coffee concentrate then mix that with sparkling water. BOOM, carbonated coffee, done! Summer, we’re ready for you.

Fizzy coffee in a tall glass with a straw on a blue background

Ingredients used to make carbonated coffee

This recipe uses three main ingredients: coffee, water, and sparkling water. For serving, we get creative and add a selection of ingredients that improve the flavor, remove the bitterness, and make this the best coffee drink you’ll ever taste. Say goodbye to the caramel macchiatos, because this coffee bev is taking over as the most delicious coffee drink!

  • Ground Coffee: We will use 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee for this recipe.
  • Cold Water: The coffee will be mixed with 1 ½ cup of water to form the coffee concentrate.
  • Sparkling Water: For fizzy-ness, we will use 2-3 cups of sparkling water.
  • To Serve: Add whatever you’d like! I suggest using ice, cream, simple syrup, and a squeeze of lemon for a refreshingly delicious fizzy drink.
Ingredients to make cold brew coffee

How to make fizzy cold brew coffee

Fizzy cold brew coffee is made in four simple steps. We start with making cold brew as normal (by letting the grounds steep for at least 12 hours), and then we move onto straining the concentrate and adding extra flavor. Finally, we add a bit of fizz, and it’s ready to enjoy! After letting the coffee steep, the rest of the recipe will take less than 5 minutes. 

Step 1: Steep the coffee
In a large pitcher or bowl, combine the ground coffee and water. Cover and let sit in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours.

Making cold brew coffee in a jar

Step 2: Strain the coffee
Next, strain the coffee concentrate through a towel-lined mesh sieve (or a French press). Measure your coffee concentrate and add water as needed to reach 1 cup, drizzling the water through the grinds to get as much coffee as possible.

Straining cold brew coffee

Step 3: Add flavor
This drink is best with simple syrup and/or lemon to counteract the bitterness of the carbonation. To make simple syrup, combine 1 part sugar and 1 part water, stirring until dissolved. Add simple syrup and a squeeze of fresh lemon to your serving glass.

Fizzy coffee in a tall glass with a straw on a blue background

Step 4: Make it fizzy
Finally, add ice to the glass, and then fill it ⅓ full with coffee concentrate. Top it off with carbonated water, optionally adding a splash of cream!

Fizzy coffee in a tall glass with a straw on a blue background

Fizzy coffee tips

Here are a few quick tips for making the best carbonated coffee. From steeping to storing, this is what you need to know! 

Steeping coffee
It’s recommend that you steep the coffee for 12-24 hours to get the most flavor from your beans. On the other hand, any more than 24 hours will result in a very bitter coffee that may not taste ideal, even with the added flavorings. For the best flavor, 12 hours is the sweet spot! I like to let mine steep overnight to be ready for drinking the next morning.

Adding milk to cold brew
Just as you can add cream for flavor, feel free to add milk if that’s what you usually use. Almond, oat, soy, or dairy milk will all work.

Cold brew coffee vs. espresso
Cold brew may, in theory, sound like it’s essentially a cup of espresso. However, it’s actually pretty different! Cold brew is never heated and is brewed instead through the process of steeping. Espresso is heated much like regular hot coffee.

Storing leftovers
Fizzy coffee does not store well once assembled. It loses carbonation and becomes bitter, so I suggest enjoying as soon as it’s made. However, you can store leftover cold brew concentrate. Keep it refrigerated in an airtight container, and use within 1-2 weeks.

Fizzy cold brew coffee with cream in a glass

More summery beverage ideas

Need some more beverage ideas that are perfect for sipping poolside or after a nice spring walk? Try these!

Fizzy cold brew coffee in a glass

Fizzy Cold Brewed Coffee

Fizzy Cold Brew Coffee is the perfect beverage for warm, sunny days. The carbonation provides a pick-me-up, and it’s ideal for sipping while sitting outside!
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Course: Beverages (Non-Alcoholic)
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carbonated coffee, cold brew, cold brewed coffee, fizzy coffee
Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion: 4th of July, Birthdays, Cinco de Mayo, Easter, Game Day, Valentine’s Day
Time: 60 minutes or more
Prep: 12 hrs
Total: 12 hrs
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Sarah Bond
5 from 1 vote

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup coarsely ground coffee 100 g
  • 1 ½ cups cold water 946 mL
  • 2 to 3 cups sparkling water 472 mL to 708 mL
  • To serve: Ice, cream, simple syrup, squeeze of lemon

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Steep: In a large pitcher or bowl, combine ground coffee and water. Cover and let sit in fridge for 12 to 24 hours.
  • Strain: Strain the coffee concentrate through a towel-lined mesh sieve (or a French press). Measure your coffee concentrate and add water as needed to reach 1 cup, drizzling the water through the grinds to get as much coffee as possible.
  • Flavor (optional): This drink is best with simple syrup and lemon to counteract the bitterness of the carbonation. To make simple syrup, combine 1 part sugar and 1 part water, stirring until dissolved. Add simply syrup and a squeeze of fresh lemon to your serving glass.
  • Fizz: Add ice to the glass, then fill it ⅓ full with coffee concentrate. Top it off with carbonated water, optionally adding a splash of cream.

NOTES

  • This does not store well once assembled. It loses carbonation and becomes bitter. Best enjoyed as soon as you mix it togetheer. 
  • Store cold brewed coffee concentrate in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 to 2 weeks. 

NUTRITION

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 0kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 110mg
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  1. Shannon says:

    Yummy!!! I never thought of this before- what a brilliant idea! Thanks for the share- I am pinning for later 🙂

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks so much, Shannon!

  2. Anna says:

    Ohhh, I had no idea there should be the addition of sparkling water! This looks so refreshing! Love this! Pinning immediately 🙂 XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

    1. Sarah says:

      It’s SO refreshing! Thanks for sharing, Anna!

  3. Madeline says:

    This looks like such an interesting combo! I’ve never heard of a fizzy version of iced coffee before. I love that gif too, so creative! ; )

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Madeline! I’d heard of fancy cafes serving sparkling water with espresso shots, and other cafes trying out coffee + tonic water (bleghhh), so I thought this was a suitable next step 😉

  4. Angie says:

    I love cold brewed coffee, and i need to start making it more often. I’ve never thought to make it fizzy though!

    1. Sarah says:

      Me too! This was actually my first time trying actually making cold brew and it’s so great! SO easy, not sure why I ever paid the big bucks at coffee shops for the same thing I could make at home.

  5. Cassandra says:

    Oh wow! I never thought of a fizzy cold brewed coffee, but this sounds absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Sarah says:

      Let me know how it goes, Cassandra! 🙂

  6. Bethany says:

    I’ve never made it fizzy before but that actually sounds really good! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Yum! I’ve never heard of this before, but it combines some of my favorite things! Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try!
    xx

  8. Rachel says:

    I love iced coffee, but fizzy coffee is a concept I’ve never even thought to try. I’m intrigued!

  9. Willow says:

    I just started making cold brewed coffee a few weeks ago. I love how it is less acidic than regularly brewed coffee. I love the idea of adding club soda – I am definitely trying it the next time I make it!

    1. Sarah says:

      Isn’t it so fun to make? It’s so easy! Let me know how adding the club soda goes, Willow! 🙂

  10. Kusum says:

    Oh that sounds delicious, I am not a coffee person but do have it once in a blue moon. With the weather warming up, I will be sure to try this sometime.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    1. Sarah says:

      I never really used to be either, well until I discovered iced caramel macchiatos in college. Iced coffee and cold brewed coffees are definitely the way to go 🙂

  11. Carly @ FitLiving Eats says:

    This looks like it would be so good! I love the fizziness. I have been meaning to try making my own cold brew coffee at home. YUM!

  12. You don’t know how excited I am to try this coffee! Im literally obsessed with cold brew and I have a thing with carbonation!

    1. Sarah says:

      Hahah well I’m happy you found this!! Let me know how it goes! 🙂

  13. Celeste | The Whole Serving says:

    OMG, I have to try this as soon as I leave you this comment. I love coffee and sparkling water is a new staple in my kitchen since I stopped drinking soda. The two of these together is just genius.

    1. Sarah says:

      I do that too with the sparkling water! When I’m craving a soda now I’l mix fruit with sparkling water and it does the trick 🙂 I hope you liked the fizzy coffee!

  14. Michelle @ Taste As You Go says:

    Just popping in to let you know I’ve included your recipe for Fizzy Cold Brewed Coffee in my round-up of iced coffee recipes on Taste As You Go. Thanks for contributing!

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