Cold Brew & Cold Fashioned Coff-tail

Joe Coffee Company is the coffee place right below my apartment building in University City.  For the summer, they have a specialty drink that they call a “Cold Fashioned”.  They make it with cold brew, maple syrup, orange extract, and half &half. This drink has easily become my sister and my favorite thing to order when we go to Joe once (or twice) each week. I call it a coff-tail because it is a coffee cocktail, hahaha.

When I realized that Joe will not always have this summer special drink and that I am not always in Philly during the summer to spend my money on it, it was time for my sister and I to recreated it at home.  My family has our own recipe for cold brew that we make in large batches for the sake of convenience using our favorite coffee to water ratio (we tried a lot of combinations).  I am going to share the recipe for both our cold brew and then the cold fashioned.  If you don’t want to make a cold brew you can buy cold brew at most grocery stores or you could use cold leftover coffee from the morning.

I hope you can try making a cold fashioned yourself before the summer ends! (or if you live in Philadelphia or New York, you can go to Joe to get one too)


Big Batch Cold Brew

Servings 8 quarts


  • 8 quarts water
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) ground coffee
  • 1 sheet cheese cloth


  1. Measure out the water and the coffee. Mix the water and the coffee together in a large container. Cover the container and let the mixture st for 24 hours.

  2. Strain the coffee through a colander lined with the cheese cloth. Discard (compost!) the coffee grounds.

  3. Keep the cold brew in the refrigerator in large container.

Recipe Notes

I enjoy my cold brew either with oatmilk most of the time.  If I want it sweet, I add 1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk to a pint mason jar or coffee and ice, then shake to combine. 

For the cold fashioned- I found just the right amount of orange that it isn’t too overpowering and meshes well with the slight sweetness of the maple syrup.


Cold Fashioned

Servings 1


  • 10-12 ounces cold brew coffee
  • 2 tablespoons creamer (dairy or non dairy)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract


  1. Add all the ingredients to a mason jar with ice.

  2. Put a lid on and shake until thoroughly mixed.

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