We Experimented with Yardstick’s Cold Brew and Came Up with These Caffeinated Creations

April 30, 2020

With all the commotion surrounding cold brew coffee at the moment, we decided to have a little fun with Yardstick Coffee’s batch and play around with it in our kitchen. You’ll never find these on their menu, nor will they ever serve them (unless you convince Yardstick, otherwise). So grab bottles of the stuff instead and create these caffeinated concoctions at home. Proven to perk you up with just the right amount of buzz, these exclusive recipe coasters by Plus63 Design Co.’s chief design nerd Dan Matutina come free with a bottle of Yardstick’s Cold Brew starting mid-August.

1. Cold Brew Boulevardier

Consider this if you’d like to make a coffee cocktail that takes its cues from the classic Negroni’s cousin.


Yield: 2 glasses


2 oz bourbon whiskey
2 oz sweet vermouth
2 oz Yardstick cold brew
1 oz orange juice


  1. Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and pour into desired glass.
  3. Garnish with orange peel.

2. Spiked Horchata

You don’t need the cold weather to sip on this Mexican staple. Go easy on the rum for a light buzz or add a few glugs more to start feeling things you thought you’d forgotten.


Yield: 6 glasses


1 cup uncooked white rice
4 cups water
1 cup milk
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup Light brown sugar
1 cup Yardstick cold brew
3/4 cup rum


  1. In a blender, combine rice and water. Blend until the rice begins to break.
  2. Leave rice and water mixture to sit for at least 2-3 hours.
  3. Strain the mixture and discard the rice.
  4. Stir in the milk, cinnamon, brown sugar, Yardstick cold brew, and rum.
  5. Chill and serve.

3. Yardstick Coffee Candy

There’s no shame in admitting that the inspiration behind this is the classic Kopiko candy. Stick this concentrated coffee candy in your mouth and you’ll be up for hours, guaranteed.


Yield: About 2 dozen lollipops, or 3 dozen candies


2 cups white sugar
1 cup Yardstick cold brew
coffee grounds


  1. Prepare an ice bath in a large heatproof bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a pot with a bottom small enough to fit the ice bath, combine the white sugar and Yardstick cold brew.
  3. Cook to a temperature of 300F-310F.
  4. Once the temperature is reached, shock the bottom of the pot in the ice bath to prevent further cooking. Make sure that no water gets into the candy mixture.
  5. Pour the candy into desired molds, or in circles on a silicone mat, followed by lollipop sticks if desired.
  6. Before the candy completely hardens, sprinkle coffee grounds on the candy.
  7. Allow the candy to set completely before removing from the molds/mat.

4. Crack Pie Cold Brew

This recipe should come with a warning. Extreme crashes brought by caffeine and sugar are inevitable.


Yield: 6 servings


1 recipe crack pie filling (see below)
3 cups vanilla ice cream (about 5 large scoops)
1 cup Yardstick cold brew
1 cup ice
1/2 cup milk


  1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve in tall glasses.

Crack Pie Filling (adapted from Momofuku Milk Bar)


1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup milk powder
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp salt
16 tbsp butter, melted
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 egg yolks

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  3. Combine sugars, milk powder, cornstarch, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle.
  4. On medium speed, slowly pour in the butter.
  5. When the butter is combined, add the heavy cream and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  6. Turn the speed of the mixer to low, and add the egg yolks one at a time, waiting until each yolk is fully incorporated.
  7. Pour the mixture onto the prepared sheet pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. After 15 minutes, open the oven door and lower the oven temperature to 325F.
  9. After 5 minutes, close the oven door and continue to bake the filling. It should still be slightly wet.
  10. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  11. Once cool, scoop the filling off of the parchment paper or silicone mat and into a container.

5. Summer Everyday Cold Brew Soda

Lemon-thyme syrup and a bit of fizzy soda water should do the trick for giving you sunny disposition despite the gloomy weather.


Yield: 2 glasses


2 dashes of lemon-thyme infused simple syrup
6 oz Yardstick cold brew
1 oz soda water

  1. Pour the Yardstick cold brew into a tumbler.
  2. Add the lemon-thyme infused simple syrup.
  3. Top it off with ice and the soda water.
  4. Stir twice and garnish with lemon peel.

Lemon-Thyme Infused Simple Syrup


1 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
4 sprigs of thyme
1 medium-sized lemon, sliced into 4

  1. In a saucepan, over medium heat, add the water, sugar, thyme, and sliced lemon.
  2. Let it simmer and then reduce to medium-low heat once bubbles appear.
  3. Keep the mixture over the heat for 5 minutes then let it cool.
  4. Store inside a jar and keep in the fridge. (Syrup can last up to a week.)

How do you enjoy your Yardstick Cold Brew? Which recipe are you most excited to try? Sound off with a comment below!

Yardstick Coffee

Address: G/F Universal LMS Bldg., 106 Esteban St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
You can also pick a bottle of cold brew from these stockists: Sprout, CrossFit Makati, Frank & Dean, and Bucky’s Counter.

Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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4 responses to “We Experimented with Yardstick’s Cold Brew and Came Up with These Caffeinated Creations”

  1. Volts Sanchez says:

    Is Yardstick selling cold-brew coffee already? How much? Oh, and know if any place here sells La Colombe Pure Black Cold Brew? That stuff is effing awesome.

  2. Ben says:

    Why not post the actual photos?

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