Last Updated on August 3, 2022 by laurenpacek
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This Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew is a perfect Starbucks copycat. Sweet caramel cold brew and salted cold foam come together to make a delicious treat.
This drink is really easy to make at home. Even the salted cold foam! If you have a milk frother (or blender) and a couple of minutes to spare, you can totally whip one of these drinks yourself. Save yourself some time and money by avoiding the drive thru line at Starbucks by making your own.
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What is a Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew?
Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew is a cold coffee drink that's been made popular by Starbucks. It is composed of cold brew coffee that's sweetened with caramel syrup and topped with a salted cream cold foam.
We all know that salty + sweet flavors are always a winning combination, and salt + caramel is no exception. The flavors are perfectly complementary, and will leave you wanting to take sip after sip.
Keep reading to learn about the individual ingredients and how to make this drink!
- Heavy cream: I know that it's decadent, but you want to use heavy cream for this recipe. We're looking for a really creamy, well sweet cream. The high fat content of heavy cream will help you to achieve this.
- Milk: This recipe calls for 2% milk. It will help to mimic the texture, flavor, and consistency of the salted cold foam that you'll find at Starbucks.
- Simple syrup: You want the salted cold foam to have a bit of sweetness, so you'll add just a bit of simple syrup to the mix. Use store bought or homemade simple syrup.
- Salt: You can't have salted caramel without a little salt, now can you? I'd recommend using kosher salt or sea salt.
- Coffee: You want to use a cold coffee for this recipe, otherwise the cold foam will just melt into the drink, rather than float on top. I prefer cold brew over iced coffee. You can use a store bought or homemade cold brew coffee.
- Caramel syrup: You'll use the caramel syrup to sweeten the coffee. You can make a caramel syrup at home, or you can use a store bought option. I'm partial to Torani.
How do you make a Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew?
It's easy! Just pour the cream, milk, simple syrup, and salt into a glass or jar. I went with this clear glass cocktail mixing jar so that you could see what's going on while I made this cold foam.
Next, take your milk frother and submerge the end of it in the liquid. Press the button and froth for 20-30 seconds, or until the desired consistency is reached.
You want to aim for fluffy and creamy, but not whipped cream.
Don't have a milk frother? You can totally still make this! Read on for more info.
How to make it without a milk frother
I prefer to use a handheld milk frother to make this salted cold foam. Overall, it's fast, convenient, and doesn't result in the need for much cleanup. If you don't have one, however, you do have other options!
You can put all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk them by hand. You'll need to put in a little elbow grease, but this will get the job done.
You can also use a regular blender. Just pour the ingredients into the blender and blend until you reach the desired consistency.
Same thing goes for using an immersion blender: Just pour the ingredients into a jar or glass and submerge the end of the blender into the liquid. Blend until you reach the desired consistency of your cold foam.
See how much more volume the cold foam has? It's creamy and fluffy now.
Next, take your cold brew with ice. Sweeten it with as much caramel syrup as you'd like.
Last, pour that creamy salted cold foam over the top of your cold brew. Then sip away!
Other cold coffee drinks
Looking for other cold, refreshing, caffeinated goodness? Of course you are. I know that I almost always am, too.
Check out the recipes I've linked below. Some are from my blog, while some are from other fabulous bloggers.
- How to Make Sweet Cream Cold Foam from A Nerd Cooks
- Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew from A Nerd Cooks
- Chocolate Cream Cold Foam from A Nerd Cooks
- Iced White Chocolate Mocha from Bake and Bacon
- How to Make Cold Foam from A Nerd Cooks
- S'mores Iced Coffee from Nutmeg Nanny
- Java Chip Frappuccino from A Nerd Cooks
- Cold Brew Iced Mocha from Heartbeet Kitchen
- How to Make an Iced Latte from A Nerd Cooks
- Iced Vanilla Latte from A Nerd Cooks
FAQs/Tips and tricks
Nope, scroll up to the section called "How to make it without a milk frother" to see what your options are.
Yes! This is a Starbucks copycat recipe, so it will taste just like the salted caramel cream cold brew from Starbucks.
Yes. If you're planning to serve it right away, just scale up the ingredients, blend/whip, and divvy it up between the glasses. If you want to make a batch to blend up throughout the week, you can combine the ingredients in an airtight container and store it in the fridge. Simply pour some out when you're ready to whip it up and top your coffee.
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- Pour the heavy cream, milk, and simple syrup into a glass or jar.
- Submerge the end of your milk frother in the liquid and froth for 20-30 seconds, or until the cold foam is thick, creamy, and fluffy. Stop well short of making whipped cream.
- Pour cold brew coffee into a glass with ice. Sweeten with caramel syrup, as desired
- Pour the salted cold foam onto the cold brew.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 0gSugar: 33gProtein: 3g