Flash Brew Smash

  • Illustration of the coffee drink in a tall glass with basil, blackberries, and a peach.

Coffee. Oh, how I love thee! One of the perks of summer is drinking iced coffee. From cold brew coffee to flash brew, there are so many options for making your next iced coffee. There is no limit to what you can do with your favorite cup of joe.

We used flash brew to cool the coffee quickly for this summertime drink. It's a popular method similar to a pour-over, but adds in ice to give you cold coffee in a flash! The best part about flash brew is that it takes a LOT less time than making a regular cold brew. Yet the taste is still just as good if not better. It creates a rich, smooth, and clean flavor.

If you're looking to try flash brew at home, you can take your coffee to another level with this riff on a classic cocktail. We combined the dynamic flavors of Apollo with a taste of seasonal fruits and herbs to create a refreshing yet decadent drink that is the perfect drink for a warm summer day. 

Flash Brew Smash Recipe


  • 12 ounces cups diced yellow peaches (~two whole peaches)
  • 12 ounces fresh blackberries
  • 100 grams of demerara sugar
  • 150 grams of flash-brewed coffee. We recommend Apollo.
  • 3 fresh basil leaves
  • 50 grams half-and-half or non-dairy creamer
  • Optional: Add 1 ounce of bourbon or gin 


  1. Combine peaches, blackberries, and demerara sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir to evenly cover fruit in the sugar. 
  2. Refrigerate the mixture for two hours, stirring the bowl every 30 minutes.
  3. Once the time is up, mash the fruit in the bowl and let sit for another 15 minutes.
  4. Strain the syrup from the fruit and set aside both the syrup and fruit.
  5. Flash-brew your coffee.
  6. In a metal cocktail shaker, muddle 2 basil leaves, 50 grams of fruit, and 50 grams of syrup until the fruit pieces have lost their shape.
  7. Add 150 grams of flash brew and 50 grams of half-and-half to the cocktail shaker. Shake for 15 seconds to incorporate ingredients.
  8. Pour the drink into a Collins glass.
  9. Top the glass with ice and garnish with the remaining basil leaf
  10. Enjoy!

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