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How to Make Cold Foam

Author: Jee Choe
Two easy ways to make cold foam at home for iced drinks.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving


  • cup half & half
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (or 1 tablespoon simple syrup)


  • Put cold half & half and sweetener into a French press.
  • Place lid and move the plunger up and down 30 times.
    The half & half will more than double in volume.
  • Pour cold foam on top of an iced beverage.



How to Make Cold Foam Using a Handheld Milk Frother
  1. Whisk half & half and sweetener using a handheld milk frother.
    It should take about 20 seconds to get fluffy cold foam.
  2. Pour cold foam on top of an iced beverage.
How to Make Cold Foam Using a Jar
  1. Pour half & half and sweetener into a large jar with a tight lid.
  2. Shake vigorously until it doubles in volume.

  • Starbucks makes theirs with vanilla syrup and you can use any flavored syrup you like.
  • The goal is to get tiny, uniform bubbles that won't even look like bubbles since that's what creates the smooth texture. The French press does a better job of doing this than the handheld milk frother.
  • The French press makes better cold foam but it's a bit of a chore to clean. The handheld milk frother is much easier to clean than a French press but the cold foam isn't as smooth since there are bigger bubbles. But they both taste great and adds velvety foam to your iced drink.
  • Don't overfill the French press. The cold foam will double or triple in volume as air is pumped in, so keep that in mind when you pour the half & half into the French press.
  • Don't underfill the French press. The strainer needs to be submerged in the half & half so that the air can be pumped into it.


Calories: 136 | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 105mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 286IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg
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