Coffee is a year round necessity. It is great to warm you up in the winter and it is the perfect way to get a nice boost of energy in the summer. Coffee has no season.
While coffee may be great year round, it is fun to switch up the flavors in your coffee to make it seasonally appropriate. Pumpkin spice coffee in the fall, a peppermint mocha in the winter and a blueberry coffee in the summer sounds like a great coffee line up!
Today we will tell you all about how to make blueberry coffee, a perfect summery treat. We make our own homemade blueberry coffee syrup using fresh berries. It doesn’t get much better than this! So let’s get brewing.
How to Make Blueberry Coffee Syrup
The first step to making blueberry coffee is to make blueberry coffee syrup. Sure, you can buy blueberry coffee syrup but we find the homemade stuff to be so much better. That real blueberry flavor can’t be beat!
Making blueberry coffee syrup is super easy. Start with fresh blueberries and you will get a syrup with a perfect, fresh, ripe taste. Here is how to make the syrup:
- Add the blueberries, water and sugar to a small pot and bring the mix to a boil.
- Lower the heat so the blueberry mix is just simmering and let the syrup cook for about 15 minutes. It will get nice and thick.
- Stir in the lemon juice, salt and vanilla.
- Pour the mix through a fine mesh strainer, pressing on the pulp to get as much syrup as possible.
- Let the syrup cool and then use it to make blueberry coffee!
Our homemade blueberry coffee syrup will last for about two weeks in the fridge in an airtight container. It makes about 1 cup of syrup which is enough for about 16 drinks.
The syrup will also freeze well. Store it in the freezer for up to three months. Having fresh blueberry syrup on hand, ready to use is like a dream come true!
How to Make Blueberry Coffee
Once you have your blueberry coffee syrup made, the rest of the coffee recipe is easy. You do need cold brewed coffee. Make coffee in your regular drip coffee pot but use 1 ½ times the amount of coffee ground. For example, if you usually use 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds to brew one cup of water, use 3 tablespoons of coffee grounds instead. This will help make the cold coffee extra strong and prevent it from being watered down.
Once the coffee is brewed, let it chill in the fridge. We like to make it a day in advance so it's nice and cold. The brewed coffee will last in the fridge for up to two weeks so make a bunch and it will be ready whenever a blueberry coffee craving hits.
Add the blueberry syrup and cold coffee to a tall glass. Add cream if you’d like but the coffee will already be sweet enough thanks to the syrup. Cream of milk is a good addition, though. A blueberry and cream coffee sounds irresistible.
Fill the glass with ice to ensure the coffee is super cold. Add a big straw and enjoy! Pretty easy, right?
Variations and Substitutions
Love this blueberry coffee? Then you should definitely give these substitutions and alterations a try, too! They are just as good, maybe even better!
- Make the blueberry coffee completely then pour everything out of the glass and into a blender. Puree it until smooth then pour it back into the glass. Top the drink with some whipped cream and you will have a perfect blueberry frappuccino!
- Use raspberries in place of blueberries. A raspberry iced coffee is pretty yummy, too!
- Use frozen blueberries to make the blueberry coffee syrup. Only use ½ cup of water to make the syrup since frozen blueberries are much more watery.
- Replace the vanilla extract with almond extract. This adds a nice nutty flavor that is interesting and tasty. Almond is always a great addition to coffee.
- Make a hot blueberry coffee. Just use hot coffee, blueberry coffee syrup and cream if you’d like. Hot blueberry coffee is definitely interesting. Some people aren’t iced coffee lovers but that’s okay! You can have your hot blueberry coffee anytime you’d like.
If you come up with a great blueberry coffee variation, let us know. Did you add some cinnamon? Did you Use the blueberry syrup to make a latte? There are so many things to try!
Give our tasty blueberry coffee a try and let us know what you think. We think it may be one of your favorite summer cold drinks. Enjoy!
You Asked, We’re Answering
You may have some questions about our blueberry coffee recipe. Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers. If you have any others, please leave them in the comments below! We are always happy to help with your drink adventures!
What kind of coffee has blueberries in it?
You can use any kind of coffee to make our blueberry coffee. Pick your favorite coffee brand and use it! There are coffees that are blueberry flavored. These have artificial oil flavorings added to the coffee beans during the roasting process. They may have a nice blueberry taste but we like how real blueberry syrup makes the coffee taste.
What is the best time to drink blueberry coffee?
The best time to drink blueberry coffee is on a summer morning. The fresh blueberry taste and perfect amount of caffeine will start your morning off on the right foot. Of course, you can really drink blueberry coffee anytime you’d like. Coffee has no season, remember?
What is blueberry cobbler coffee?
Blueberry cobbler coffee is a type of coffee roasted to taste like a dessert. Look for blueberry cobbler coffee in stores or use our recipe to make your own. Simply skip the lemon juice in the syrup recipe and add ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon instead. This will give your coffee the flavor of a baked good!
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