Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Copycat

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Refreshing vanilla flavored cold brew with Sweet Cream, this Starbucks copycat recipe recreates this delicious and easy drink so you can make it at home to save money and time!

Pouring Sweet Cream into a cup of cold brew coffee with ice.

Recipe Highlights

  • Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a Starbucks iced coffee menu item that’s made with vanilla flavored cold brew coffee and sweetened with a vanilla flavored sweet cream.
  • I’ve taken Starbucks’ Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew exact recipe and recreated it so it can be made at home. It takes only 4 ingredients and 5 minutes.
  • Cold brew coffee and Sweet Cream can easily be made from scratch.

Want more Starbucks copycat recipes? Try making Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso, Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam, Iced Shaken Espresso, and Iced Caramel Macchiato.

Ingredient Notes

Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Copycat ingredients.
  • Cold brew
    Use store-bought or homemade cold brew coffee for this recipe. Use my foolproof cold brew recipe which makes 4-5 cups of cold brew at a time.
  • Vanilla syrup
    I’m using my homemade vanilla syrup which is super easy to make at home with just 3 ingredients but you can always use the Starbucks Vanilla Syrup but purchasing it directly at a Starbucks location. (If they have enough in stock, they can sell it to you for about $14.) You can also buy it online but it’s double the cost. The vanilla syrup is used in the cold brew and the Sweet Cream.
  • Half & half
    Starbucks uses heavy cream and 2% milk to make their Sweet Cream but I’m using a shortcut by using half & half.
Starbuck Cold Brew Pouches

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Step-by-Step Instructions

Steps to make Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Copycat at home.

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

  1. Stir together half & half and vanilla syrup to make Sweet Cream.
  2. Pour vanilla syrup, cold brew, then ice into a cup.
    This drink makes 16 ounces (a grande Starbucks size).
  3. Add Sweet Cream.

Expert Tips

  • The vanilla syrup and the cold brew can be made ahead of time but keep them separate until the drink is ready to be assembled.
  • Add as much Sweet Cream you like to make it creamy and sweet.
  • Cold brew can be made using any kind of coffee you like from light to dark roast but stick with Starbucks Cold Brew if you want the flavor as close to the original.
  • To make homemade Sweet Cream using the recipe Starbucks uses, make it with 6 ounces of heavy cream, 3 ounces of 2% milk, and 1 ounce of vanilla syrup. I use a shortcut of using half & half (half heavy cream and half milk) instead of heavy cream and milk.
  • At Starbucks, it’s common to order this drink with extra sweet cream, extra vanilla syrup, or both.

Questions You May Have

What is Sweet Cream?

Sweet Cream is Starbucks’ add-in that creams, sweetens, and flavors their drinks. It’s vanilla flavored.

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

Cold brew coffee is made by steeping ground coffee in cold water for hours in the refrigerator. Iced Coffee is made by brewing hot coffee then cooling it down. Cold brew is smoother and mellower than iced coffee.

How is Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew made at Starbucks?

A grande is made with Starbucks cold brew coffee, 2 pumps of vanilla syrup, ice, and a splash of Sweet Cream.

Pouring Sweet Cream into a cup of cold brew coffee.

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Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Author: Jee Choe
A Starbucks copycat recipe made with vanilla flavored cold brew and Sweet Cream.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

Vanilla Cold Brew

Sweet Cream

  • ¼ cup half & half
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Stir together half & half and vanilla syrup to make Sweet Cream.
    Set aside.
  • Pour vanilla syrup, cold brew, then ice into a cup.
  • Add Sweet Cream.

NOTES

  • The vanilla syrup and the cold brew can be made ahead of time but keep them separate until the drink is ready to be assembled.
  • Add as much Sweet Cream you like to make it creamy and sweet.
  • Cold brew can be made using any kind of coffee you like from light to dark roast but stick with Starbucks Cold Brew if you want the flavor as close to the original.
  • To make homemade Sweet Cream using the recipe Starbucks uses, make it with 6 ounces of heavy cream, 3 ounces of 2% milk, and 1 ounce of vanilla syrup. I use a shortcut of using half & half (half heavy cream and half milk) instead of heavy cream and milk.
  • I’m using my homemade vanilla syrup which is super easy to make at home with just 3 ingredients but you can always use the Starbucks Vanilla Syrup but purchasing it directly at a Starbucks location. (If they have enough in stock, they can sell it to you for about $14.) You can also buy it online but it’s double the cost. The vanilla syrup is used in the cold brew and the Sweet Cream.
  • At Starbucks, it’s common to order this drink with extra sweet cream, extra vanilla syrup, or both.

NUTRITION

Calories: 242 | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 233mg | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 214IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg
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