Cold Brew Coffee

cold brew coffee

There are two types of coffee drinkers in the summer - those who still want a hot cup of coffee in the morning, and those who think it’s hot enough outside and just want an iced coffee to keep cool. And sure, you can brew a cup (or pot) of coffee and just throw it over some ice, but that tends to leave you with a watered down cup of coffee. So why not grab a cold brew instead? Like the name suggests, cold brew coffee is steeped with cold water over a period of hours, which leaves you with a less acidic and less bitter tasting cup of coffee. Plus, it’s super easy to make at home, with the added bonus of not costing upwards of $4 a cup like you would pay at your local coffee shop!

iced coffee with milk

Get your beans coarsely ground, or ask for them to be ground for a French Press. For cold brew you’ll want to use a four to one ratio of water to coffee, so two cups of water to half a cup of coffee grounds.

If you have a French Press, simply add your coffee grounds and water into the French Press, and pop it in the fridge for at least 12 hours. Then just press the plunger down, and you’re ready to enjoy a deliciously cool cup of cold brew coffee.

No French Press? No problem!

Add the coffee grinds and water into a mason jar or some other container with a lid, and give it a stir. Put the lid on and place it in the fridge for at least 12 hours. Then use a paper coffee filter, or cheese cloth to strain the coffee into another container.

You can then add cream, or milk if you want. You can also add sugar but since it doesn’t dissolve as easily in cold liquids you might want to make a simple syrup to add instead. Just add one part sugar, and one part water to a sauce pan and slowly heat until the sugar dissolves. Plus it will keep in the fridge, so you can make a bigger batch so you have some on hand for your next cold brew coffee.

Stashes vs Lashes - Our Top 3 Gender Reveal Dessert Ideas

What is this ‘Stashes vs Lashes’ Theme

This year, there is a super cute, new, trendy baby reveal theme and it’s being called Lashes vs Stashes. The thought is, that instead of boy vs girl, you theme your event lash vs stash. It allows for so many cute dessert and decor ideas!

We reached out to some amazing dessert vendors in the area and they created these awesome looks for us that we showed on CTV. I’ll link the episode below as well, if you want to see their dessert awesomeness in live action.

Now, I do want to say a HUGE SORRY to my vendors, because I completely missed giving them the amazing shout-out they deserved on the episode! I’m so sorry to both of you. Just a complete oversight when I was taping. I hugely appreciate all your hard work and support.

Check out all their details below and make sure to head over to their social pages and show them some love! Also, if you have any dessert needs, they have you covered!



Fab owner, Hillary will custom create any cake you want! Her flavours are incredible too!






Go see owner, Shannon. She’ll make

all your cookie dreams come true!




……..and now, for all their dessert magic!

Gender Reveal Cookies

These beautiful cookies were designed by Shannon at Jake & Ella’s Cookies! She’s a local baker who adds so much detail to every cookie. She even added edible sparkles to the smaller lash and stash cookies, just to give it a little more glam!

Ask her to stuff the gender reveal cookies for you with coloured icing, and then break them open with all your guests to find out if you’re having a baby boy or girl!

Check out the cookies:

Gender Reveal Cake and Cupcakes

Hillary from Cakes on Top is an absolute pro! She custom designed this cake and cupcakes for us and they were such a huge hit! This year, the trend is to fill your gender reveal cake with candy (sprinkles, coloured chocolate pieces…if it’s candy, it’s in)! She did such an amazing job of this cake. You can catch me online cutting it open…there’s even a blooper too! Her cakes also taste amazing and she has tons of flavours to choose from.

She also designed coloured buttercream filled cupcakes for the segment that were delicious too! She even made custom french macarons.

Check out her desserts:

Behind the Scenes

It’s always amazing when vendors come on to help you create a segment and bring the design to life! Thanks again to Cakes on Top and Jake & Ella’s Cookies. I absolutely could not have done this segment without you!

Check out some of the backstage filming photos here:

Also huge thanks to Rosie and CTV Kitchener for having me on air! It’s always a pleasure!

Watch the episode HERE

Our Top 3 Favourite Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipes!

Why Boozy Hot Chocolate?

Because boozy hot chocolate is even better than regular hot chocolate! We promise you that these to 3 boozy recipes deliver! Not only are they delicious, but they’ll actually make you LIKE winter. Is there a better way to enjoy a comforting drink with the ones you love than hot chocolate? We don’t think so!

The other great thing about these is that if you have kids, you can make them the non-alcoholic version and you can all enjoy warm drinks together!

Want to make these recipes even better? Set up a fire outside and take these drinks out by the snowy fire. They’ll still be delicious and they’ll also warm up your hands!

Without further ado, here are our top 5 boozy hot chocolate recipes for you to enjoy this winter.

  1. Orange Hot Chocolate

    A perfect flavour combination. There’s nothing quite as delicious as a chocolate, orange pairing!

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The Orange Hot Chocolate - The Recipe:


  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier


  • Cinnamon sugar

  • Mini marshmallows


  1. Add the milk, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and cinnamon stick to a small saucepan on medium heat. Whisk until the ingredients are combined. Heat it until it starts to gently bubble, stirring it occasionally.

  2. Whisk in the vanilla extract and Grand Marnier. Leave it on the heat for another minute or two to ensure it's heated through.

  3. Top with marshmallows and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if desired.

Recipe by: BBC Good Food

2. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

boozy salted caramel hot chocolate recipe

Boozy Hot Chocolate with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream - The Recipe:


  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 3 cups whole milk

  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate (chopped)

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup rum


  1. Heat the sugar, water and salt over medium heat in a saucepan until the sugar is dissolved.

  2. Allow the sugar to continue cooking, keeping a close eye on it, until it starts to turn golden brown.

  3. Once it begins to caramelize, it will begin to darken quickly. Let the sugar get as dark as possible without burning for best results.

  4. Once the caramel is a dark amber color, remove the pan from the heat and pour the heavy cream carefully down the side of the pan. The caramel will splatter before temporarily seizing up, so be very careful to avoid burns.

  5. Move the pan back onto the burner, and use a heatproof spatula to stir the caramel and cream until evenly combined.

  6. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, stirring periodically.

  7. Pour the caramel into a clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic against the surface to prevent a skin from forming.

  8. Allow to chill until very cold (several hours or overnight).

  9. Once cold, use a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whisk the caramel cream until it reaches medium peaks. Set aside.

  10. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat. When the milk is steaming hot, but not yet simmering, remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes until the chocolate has melted. Whisk in the vanilla and rum. If needed, return the hot chocolate to the heat until desired temperature is reached.

  11. Pour into mugs, and top each with a dollop of whipped cream.

Recipe By: The Gourmet Kitchen

Image Credit: HonestlyYUM

3. Boozy S’mores Hot Chocolate

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S’mores Hot Chocolate - The Recipe:


2 ¼ Pinnacle whipped vodka
2 ounces Godiva chocolate liqueur
2 ounces Hiram Walker butterscotch schnapps
6 ounces hot chocolate
Graham cracker garnish
Marshmallow garnish
Chocolate garnish


1. In a large mason jar, coffee mug, or teacup, mix the Pinnacle whipped vodka, Godiva chocolate liqueur, Hiram Walker butterscotch schnapps and hot chocolate together.

2. Stir well.

3. Garnish with toasted marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, and shaved chocolate, and serve.

Recipe by: DrinkWire

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We love comments, so let us know what you think of these below! Better yet, try them at home and show us your pics of your creations!