Coffee Series No. 3: Cold Brew Concentrate and (BONUS) Red Eye Manhattan

A large Cold Brew. No ice. No room.

“Would you rather have an IV bag?” my friend Nikki remarked on my coffee order. Like I said Cold brew is one of my favorite methods. It’s so easy. Essentially, you grind the beans and let it sit in water for 16 to 24 hours.

The coffee comes out strong but a lot smoother. Making it perfect for sipping on ice or mixed into other drinks.

It’s so versatile that you can even make cocktails with it! And you know we love cocktails here at WORKKPARTY.

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With Halloween just passing I was in a spooky mood. I found this awesome take on a manhattan that included coffee called the Red Eye Manhattan. It can be found in the amazing book, Brew: Better Coffee At Home. I’ll include the drink recipe below. This drink goes down real easy but first coffee!

To make cold brew, I have a Primula Pace Cold Brew Coffee Maker (pictured above). It makes the process even easier but here is the French Press Cold Brew method, which is very similar. I like the Primula because it’s easy to clean and it’s larger than my french press.

Primula Coffee Maker Method:
1. Place ground coffee beans in the brew filter. For best results, use fresh roasted, coarsely ground coffee. The carafe is designed to hold 40 oz. water and 16 tbsp. of coffee with the brew filter in place.

2. Insert brew filter inside carafe and slowly pour 2 cups of water over coffee to dampen. Once coffee is damp, slowly fill the remainder of the carafe with water to cover grounds or up to the top of the windows in the brew filter. Be careful not to overfill carafe with water. Once carafe is full, stir grounds until fully saturated with water.

3. Tighten lid and place in refrigerator to cold brew for 24 hours. For ultimate flavor extraction, stir grounds during brewing process.

4. Remove brew filter from carafe. Easily screw off bottom to release used coffee grounds. Always remember to remove filter before pouring coffee.


To enjoy the best cold brew coffee, creamer (or cream substitute), sugar and ice can be added to taste. Cold brew coffee stays fresh in the fridge up to 14 days.

Red-Eye Manhattan from Brew Better at Home

Serves 1

What You’ll Need

  • Mixing Glass (I used a martini shaker because it has a strainer already)
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Coupe


  • Ice
  • 2 oz rye bourbon
  • 1 oz cold-brew concentrate (recipes above)
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Fill a mixing glass with ice.
Add the rye, cold-brew concentrate, vermouth, and bitters.
Stir until very cold, then strain into a coupe glass (I used a cocktail glass because I liked the look of it more).

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We’ve got a whole bunch of cocktails coming your way. In December, we will be celebrating 12 Days of Drink-mas and on each of the days we will teach you how to make a classic cocktail.

What’s your favorite mixed drink?
We’d love to know in the comments.