Irish Cream Cold Brew with Cold Foam

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Starbucks-inspired drink that’s a combination of cold brew coffee and Irish cream syrup. Top it all off with cafe-quality vanilla cold foam made at home.

Pouring cold foam onto an Irish Cream Cold Brew with Cold Foam drink.

Recipe Highlights

  • Inspired the popular Starbucks drink, this Irish Cream Cold Brew recipe is made with alcohol-free Irish cream flavored cold brew coffee and topped with vanilla cold foam.
  • Cold brew can easily (and perfectly) be made at home with a cold brew maker or using Starbucks Cold Brew Pitcher Packs. Strong coffee from a coffee machine, Nespresso or a Keurig will also work if you don’t want to use cold brew.
  • To make cafe-quality cold foam, all you need is a French press!

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Ingredient Notes

Irish Cream Cold Brew with Cold Foam ingredients.

Step-by-Step Instructions

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For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to the recipe.

  1. Make cold foam.
    Half & half, vanilla syrup, and salt go into a French press. Use the French press plunger and pump it a few times.
  2. Combine cold brew coffee and Irish cream syrup.
  3. Assemble drink.
    Pour Irish cream cold brew into a cup of ice. Top with vanilla cold foam.
    Optional: sprinkle cocoa powder.
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Expert Tips

  • Cold brew coffee is what’s used to make this drink but you can use coffee made in a coffee machine, Nespresso, or a Keurig. Make strong coffee in a coffee machine using 2-3 tablespoons of ground coffee for a cup of water.
  • To cool down hot coffee made in a coffee machine, Nespresso, or Keurig, put coffee in the freezer for 15 minutes or in the refrigerator for an hour.
  • The recipe uses vanilla syrup to flavor the cold foam but you can use the Irish cream syrup instead if you don’t want to use another syrup.

Questions You May Have

Is there alcohol in this drink?

Nope, the Irish cream syrup doesn’t have any alcohol in it. It’s made without any whiskey unlike traditional Irish cream coffee.

Can I make cold foam with a handheld milk frother?

You can but you’ll get the frothiest cold foam using a French press.

What does Irish Cream Cold Brew taste like?

It tastes slightly sweet (not cloying) with hints of vanilla and chocolate. The drink is made with cold brew so the coffee flavor really comes through.

Can I make this drink hot?

Yup! Just replace the cold brew with hot coffee and take out the ice. You can top the drink with the same cold foam used in the recipe or with warm half & half that you can froth using the French press.

Pouring cold foam onto Irish Cream Cold Brew.

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Irish Cream Cold Brew with Cold Foam

Author: Jee Choe
Starbucks-inspired drink that's a combination of cold brew coffee and Irish cream syrup.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 4 mins
Total Time 4 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving

INGREDIENTS
 

Irish Cream Cold Brew

Vanilla Cold Foam

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Make cold foam.
    Half & half, vanilla syrup, and salt go into a French press. Use the French press plunger and pump 40 times. The cold foam will fluff up in volume from the air pushed into the half & half.
  • Combine cold brew coffee and Irish cream syrup.
  • Assemble drink.
    Pour Irish cream cold brew into a cup of ice. Top with cold foam.
    Optional: Sprinkle cocoa powder as garnish.

EQUIPMENT

NOTES

  • For the vanilla cold foam, instead of using vanilla syrup, you can use 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  • The recipe uses vanilla syrup to flavor the cold foam but you can use the Irish cream syrup instead if you don’t want to use another syrup.
  • Cold foam can be made with milk if you don’t have half & half.
  • Cold brew coffee is what’s used to make this drink but you can use coffee made in a coffee machine, Nespresso, or a Keurig. Make strong coffee in a coffee machine using 2-3 tablespoons of ground coffee for a cup of water.
  • To cool down hot coffee, put coffee in the freezer for 15 minutes or in the refrigerator for an hour.

NUTRITION

Calories: 198 | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 182mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 286IU | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg
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