Starbucks Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew Copycat

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Make this tasty Starbucks drink at home. Refreshing cold brew coffee sweetened with caramel and topped with a salted caramel cold foam. It’s surprisingly easy to make it at home, even the cold foam!

Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew in a cup with cold foam.

Recipe Highlights

  • Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew is a Starbucks cold coffee drink made with ice, cold brew coffee, salted vanilla sweet cream, and caramel syrup.
  • To make cold brew, Starbucks steeps ground coffee in cold water for 20 hours. This recipe uses the same method, using Starbucks cold brew pitcher packs.
  • Perfect cold foam is easily made at home using a French press! It’s flavored with caramel and salt to make it perfectly sweet and salty.
  • This copycat drink recreates the Starbucks recipe so it’s as close to their version as possible. This recipe makes a grande (16 ounces) Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew.

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Ingredient Notes

Starbucks Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew copycat recipe ingredients.
  • Cold brew coffee
    To get the flavor as close to Starbucks as possible, use their cold brew pitcher packs. Just pop a pitcher pack into water and put it in the refrigerator for 20-24 hours. Easy!
  • Caramel sauce
    I always use store-bought caramel sauce since homemade is a pain. I like this brand since it’s not as thick as others and makes it easier to stir into the cold drink.
  • Half & half
    This is my shortcut to making cold foam since half & half is half cream and half milk, I can use one ingredient instead of two.
  • Vanilla syrup
    Use store-bought or homemade vanilla syrup. Homemade is pretty quick and easy to make, so give that a try! This is added to the cold foam to make it a salted vanilla sweet cream cold foam.
  • Sea salt
    This adds the salted part to salted caramel and it’s used in the cold foam only.
  • Ice
    If possible, use filtered water to make ice.

Step-by-Step Instructions

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

  1. Combine half & half, vanilla syrup, and salt in a French press. Pump the French press plunger.
    This makes the vanilla sweet cream cold foam. Set aside.
  2. Pour caramel sauce into a cup.
  3. Add cold brew.
  4. Top with cold foam.
    Stir before drinking.
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Expert Tips

  • If you don’t have a French press, you can shake the cold foam ingredients together in a cocktail shaker or a jar with a tight lid but it’ll take a little bit more work.
  • You can use any kind of cold brew coffee you like but to get it to taste most like Starbucks, use their cold brew blend, which includes coffee from Nariño, Colombia.
  • The vanilla syrup and cold brew coffee can both be made ahead of time. The cold foam is best when it’s made right before assembling the drink.

Questions You May Have

What’s the difference between cold brew and iced coffee?

Cold brew coffee is made using cold water but iced coffee is made using hot coffee that’s cooled down.

Does cold brew and iced coffee have the same amount of caffeine?

There’s more caffeine in cold brew than iced coffee.

Can I make this drink with hot brewed coffee instead of cold brew?

You can, but it won’t taste exactly the same as using cold brew. Make strong, hot coffee, then cool it down in the refrigerator.

Starbucks Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew copycat recipe in a cup with cold foam.

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Starbucks Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew Copycat

Author: Jee Choe
A refreshing and delicious recipe that recreates the Starbucks drink.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

Caramel Cold Brew

Salted Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine half & half, vanilla syrup, and salt in a French press. Pump the French press plunger.
    This makes the vanilla sweet cream cold foam. Set aside.
  • Pour caramel sauce and cold brew into a cup.
  • Top with cold foam.
    Stir before drinking.

EQUIPMENT

NOTES

  • If you don’t have a French press, you can shake the cold foam ingredients together in a cocktail shaker or a jar with a tight lid but it’ll take a little bit more work.
  • You can use any kind of cold brew coffee you like but to get it to taste most like Starbucks, use their cold brew blend, which includes coffee from Nariño, Colombia.
  • The vanilla syrup and cold brew coffee can both be made ahead of time. The cold foam is best when it’s made right before assembling the drink.
  • To get the flavor as close to Starbucks as possible, use their cold brew pitcher packs. Just pop a pitcher pack into water and put it in the refrigerator for 20-24 hours. Easy!
  • Use store-bought or homemade vanilla syrup. Homemade is pretty quick and easy to make, so give that a try! This is added to the cold foam to make it a salted vanilla sweet cream cold foam.

NUTRITION

Calories: 261 | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 322IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 1mg
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