You already know that we're deeply in love with making our own cold brew here at Everyday Food. Some crazy people, like yours truly, even make theirs with decaf coffee beans in order to have a beverage that can be consumed any time, day or night. But to truly replicate the to-go experience, you've gotta have your icy treat in a portable cup, and a lidless tumbler simply won't do when you're rushing into to the office. I use mason jars a lot in my home kitchen, so when I heard about the Cuppow—a reusable plastic lid that turns any canning jar into a travel mug—I was intrigued.
I recently acquired a regular-size version (it also comes in a wide-mouth style) and have been using it all summer long. For my morning commute, this clever reusable lid means I don't spill on myself while the subway jitters along. Sometimes, I bring undiluted cold brew (which I've sweetened with a little simple syrup) in a canning jar with a regular lid. When I'm in need of a frosty sip, I pour in some milk, switch to the Cuppow, shake to combine (with my fingers over the two holes, of course), and enjoy an afternoon treat without any fear of spilling on my keyboard. I use it for lemonade, sparkling water, and other beverages too, of course. It only takes a little while to get used to the idea that you look a bit like a toddler.
Who knew innovation could be this easy, or this lo-fi? And for the record, the Cuppow works with hot or cold beverages. Though it's too hot here in New York to try this with hot coffee right now, I can imagine how nice it'll be to warm my hands with a hot cuppa come winter.
Buy a Cuppow at cuppow.com; both sizes $7.99 each