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The top 5 cold brew coffee concoctions in Toronto

The cold brew coffee trend has settled in Toronto, and now our baristas are getting really creative. While you can always check out some of the best cold brew coffee in the city, cafes are taking the silky-smooth beverage to the next level by crafting cold brew lattes, tonics, floats and other concoctions.

Here are my picks for the top cold brew concoctions in Toronto.

Coffee float at Glory Hole Donuts
This is like the root bear float's better-looking cousin. It's the ultimate summertime dessert: the vanilla soft serve cools you down, the cold brew boosts your energy and a drizzle of syrup adds the perfecting touch to a concoction that's as heavenly as it is simple.

Cold brew tonic at Reunion Island
Whoever thought to add fizz to coffee is a mastermind of summertime refreshment. The blend of cold brew coffee, tonic water and ice is a more satisfying alternative to soda and kicks regular iced coffee to the curb.

The "Dark and Foggy" at Dark Horse Espresso Bar
Sipping this latte is a strange experience, in a good way: the blend of cold brew, espresso and lightly steamed milk creates a sensation that's warm and cold at the same time. The interesting mix doesn't distract from the taste, which is as smooth and rich as the name suggests.

Cold brew float at Balzac's
Instead of using soft serve, Balzac's uses vanilla gelato to complete this treat. And they call their cold brew "Nitro," which is created using a Stout Beer technique borrowed from the cafe's friends at Mill Street. Fancy.

Cold brew tonic at Early Bird Espresso Bar
Here's another drink that's as weird as it is good. Sparkling water, peppermint tea, thyme, lemon juice and cold brew coffee all combine to create a surprising but refreshing drink that will boost the spirits.

What did I miss? Add your favourite cold brew concoctions in the comments.

Photo of Reunion Island by Jesse Milns.


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