Don’t throw out that liquid joe! Repurpose your day-old cold coffee several different ways. You may have never thought of a few I have below. Check out this list of brilliant uses for leftover coffee.
Brilliant Uses for Leftover Coffee
We already know that repurposing coffee grounds is a thing and that repurposing day-old liquid coffee is nothing new, but perhaps you hadn’t thought of these ideas below.
Combine leftover coffee with melted butter, heat and drizzle over your morning pancakes.
Cook with it
Pour it in a pot roast; use it as a coffee-based brine to make a roast chicken moist; add it to gravy.
We all love the smell of coffee, right? Why not make a potpourri from it? Slowly heat spices such as cloves, star anise, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. in a pot of “leftover” coffee on the stove. (I have not tried this)
Dress a Salad
For a simple coffee vinaigrette, cook equal parts brewed coffee, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup on the stove at low heat until the mixture is syrupy. Top it off with a little lemon juice.
Box of Brownies
Does anyone make those brownies in a box? Try adding your leftover coffee in place of the water it asks for. NOT FROM A BOX – I actually made brownies way back when my blog’s name was Mommie…Again where I used strong coffee – see it here – Decedent Grain-Free Chocolate Brownies
Coffee ice cubes are great in iced coffee. Many people do this already, but you can also pour it into popsicle molds for a frozen adult treat, and maybe even add in some Bayleys.
Feed a Plant
Give your plants some nitrogen. Pour leftover cold coffee directly at the base of your plants. Just make sure not to do this every day. If you make a strong pot of joe, you may want to dilute it with water. Too much nitrogen would not be good.
Okay, this is probably a little out of the norm for a few of you, but if you have a knack for making crafts, you might like this coffee painting tutorial.
All else fails – Make Dessert!!
Which brilliant uses for leftover coffee have you tried before or would like to try? Have any ideas to add? I’d love to hear about it in a comment.
PS. I crowd-sourced my friends on Facebook, and the majority said they freeze leftover coffee to make ice cubes and others said, “what leftover coffee!”