Starbucks Cold Foam Recipe - 5 Amazing Cold Foam Recipes

Starbucks Cold Foam Recipe – 5 Amazing Cold Foam Recipes

Last updated on March 3rd, 2024 at 11:32

When you learn a great cold foam recipe, it is very easy to alter it and make a little adjustment or two and make another tasty Starbucks cold foam recipe.

When you can make one, you can make many!

Keep reading for 5 tasty and delicious cold foam recipes.

Starbucks Cold Foam Recipe

This article is focused on providing 5 amazing and delicious Starbucks cold foam recipes that emulate the taste of their great toppings.

Let’s start with…

Vanilla Cold Foam Recipe

Starbucks vanilla cold foam is a tasty, a delicious whipped nonfat milk that is used as a topping on iced coffee and cold brew coffee drinks.

It is used to create a two layered drink with a rich creamy texture.

Ingredients Needed

  • 1/2 cup of non-fat milk.
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla syrup.


For vanilla cold foam add your ingredients into an iced cold jar or bowl and stir well to mix the ingredients well.

Use your handheld milk frother, blender or milk frother to whip the milk and vanilla syrup solution to a fluffy foam with stiff peaks and a consistency that is similar to melted ice cream.

You have enough to use as a tasty topping for your cold brew coffee or iced coffee drink.

If you have difficulty getting the foam to sit on top of your coffee beverage, pour it over the back of a spoon to diffuse it.

Cold Foam Recipe
Starbucks Vanilla Cold Foam

Read: Salted cream cold foam cold brew recipe

Pumpkin Cold Foam Recipe

This recipe is easy and doesn’t need any special equipment as you can make it with a whisk and a spoon! If you have a blender, by all means use it if you want to.

The best part is that it is a recipe that uses purée and not pumpkin cream, pumpkin sauce or syrup.

Start by making the cold foam base by using 2% milk and heavy cream and a tablespoon or two of vanilla syrup.

Add pumpkin purée and pumpkin pie spice and mix well. This is what makes a delicious pumpkin cream.

Blend well using your blender or use a manual whisk until you have a nice thick cream that you can use as a tasty topping for your latte, iced latte or cold brew coffee.

I bet you never realized making your own pumpkin spice coffee at home was so easy!

Sweet Cold Foam Recipe

This sweet cold foam recipe is a follow on from the vanilla cold foam recipe above with a slight variation in the ingredients.

Ingredients Needed

  • 1/4 cup of 2% milk.
  • 1/4 cup of half and half cream.
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla syrup.


To make this tasty sweet cream cold foam, add all of the ingredients to an ice cold bowl and mix well. Use your blender to blend well and thicken your sweet cold foam until it doubles in volume, and you have a nice thick consistency that will sit nicely on top of your cold brew coffee.

Salted Cream Cold Foam Recipe

This is very easy to make and requires few ingredients. The process of making them is not too dissimilar from the previously mentioned cold foam recipes.


  • 1/4 Cup of 2% milk.
  • 1/4 Cup of heavy cream.
  • 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup.
  • A dash of sea salt.
  • A sprinkle of ground cinnamon.


Add all the ingredients to an ice cold bowl to help your cold foam to emulsify better and have thicker peeks. Mix the ingredients well then blend with a hand blender, handheld milk frother or manual whisk.

Blend and whisk until you have a nice thick cream for adding to your iced coffee or cold brew.

Salted Cream Cold Foam
Salted Cream Cold Foam

How To Make Sweet Cream Cold Foam With Almond Milk

Making a sweet cream cold foam with Almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk and making a vegan cold foam is just as easy and simple as making it with regular dairy milk.

In fact, the process is exactly the same!


you absolutely – with no exceptions, use the barista brand of almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, oat milk or whatever milk that you want to use. They are high quality alternative milks that are designed for steaming and frothing.

They will not curdle like the regular versions of plant and nut based milk due to the slightly extra fat which is needed to prevent your milk from becoming thick, lumpy and curdling.


  • 1/4 cup of Almond milk.
  • 1/4 cup of Risso Duo Chanty Vegan creamer. Alternatively use coconut cream for an amazing taste.
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla syrup.


Add the ingredients to an ice cold mixing bowl or container. Mix well and then use your milk frother, blender or whisk to whip and froth your solution.

When you see your almond milk solution until it doubles in volume and has good quality consistency for floating on top of your coffee beverage.

How To Make Sweet Cream Cold Foam With Almond Milk
Sweet Cream Cold Foam With Almond Milk

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee To Go With Your Cold Foam Recipe

Making an amazing cold brew is very easy and very time consuming. Unfortunately there is nothing that we can do about the long extraction time of 16 hours to 24 hours.

The wait is worth it!

You can take the easy option and order Starbucks cold brew pitcher packs and replicate their cold brew exactly as it is sold in their outlets.

You have two options:

  • Starbucks regular cold brew pitcher packs.
  • Starbucks Nariño 70 Cold Brew coffee.

Both make great coffee. Simply follow the instructions on the package and add two pitcher packs to a pitcher of ice cold water. Try to have your water as cold as possible and let it brew while it is in your fridge. Use a glass container with an airtight lid.

Making Your Own Cold Brew Coffee Using Whole Beans

When making a special coffee, it is worth your effort to use high quality specialty grade coffee beans.

Starbucks have a number of great options but do not sell their cold brew or Nariño 70 as whole beans or preground. The closest you can get to their cold brew is by using their breakfast blend.

Nariño 70 if difficult to replicate, it is so called because it is 70% Colombian beans from Nariño Provence and 30% unnamed African bean.

If you wish to replicate Starbucks, I suggest their Colombian beans or Breakfast blend.

You can of course use your favorite beans. I suggest medium or medium dark roast at the highest. This roast profile will have a good level of the flavors of origin and a good balance of the flavor from the roasting process.

Weight your coffee beans as whole and weight 4 ounces (120 grams) of coffee. Using a 1:8 coffee to water ratio, you should have enough to make 32 ounces (960 ml) of cold brewed coffee. 2 x 16 ounce (480 ml) cup or 4 x 8 ounce (240 ml) cups.

Grind your coffee beans to coarse, even grind size using a ceramic conical burr grinder and place them in a glass container with an air-tight lid.

Add 960 ml of fresh clean water to your coffee grounds. Bottled water is best. At the very least, filter your water. And place it in your fridge and let it brew for 16 to 24 hours.

Check your brew after 16 hours and taste test it. If it is perfect tasting, filter out the coffee grounds using a metal filter. If it is not, let it brew for a 2-3 hours more and run a second taste test.

Run this taste test cycle until your coffee is tasting perfect.

It is very important that you filter out the coffee grounds once your cold brew is ready as your coffee will continue to extract and eventually become bitter.

Using a metal coffee filter will ensure that all the coffee oils remain in your beverage and has a fuller body and more taste. At Latte Love Brew we want you to enjoy your coffee to the maximum and help your to make the best possible cup of coffee.  

Frequently Asked Questions About Cold Foam Recipe

How Is Cold Foam Made?

Cold foam is easy to make. It is simply dairy milk or a non-dairy alternative milk like oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk or any other or milk that is foamed using a handheld milk frother, blender or by using a French press or cocktail shaker.

Cold foam can be enjoyed as it is or flavored with a simple syrup to create a tasty topping. Popular flavorings are vanilla, pumpkin spice, caramel and salted caramel.

Both non-fat and 2% milk can be used and is usually used in combination with heavy cream. When heavy whipping cream is not available, condensed milk can be used.

Can I Make My Own Cold Foam?

Yes, it is very easy, almost effortless to make at home. All you need is the right ingredients, 2% milk, whipping cream or heavy cream in equal parts and a flavoring syrup (optional) and a high speed blender.

Blend your ingredients at high speed until it’s fluffy.

What Is The Best Way To Make Cold Foam?

There are a lot of ways to make cold foam, from using your French press to using a cocktail shaker and of course using a high speed blender or a handheld milk frother.

The best method is using a high speed blender as it is far more convenient to use.

The best technique, no matter which method you use, is to use ice-cold equipment. If the bowl of your high speed blender is cold, or your French press or cocktail shaker, the milk fats will emulsify much better and be more stable.

How Do You Make Cold Milk Foam?

Making milk foam is very easy and can be made in a few simple steps:

  • Put equal amounts of 2% milk and heavy cream in your blender.
  • Add two or three tablespoons of your syrup or sauce that you want to add. Pumpkin sauce, vanilla syrup and caramel syrup are popular choices.
  • Add any spices as desired.
  • Blend at high speed for until your milk is fluffy and has the consistency of ice cream.

It is that easy!

What Are The Default Ingredients In Cold Foam?

The only default ingredients in cold foam are 2% milk and heavy cream in equal amounts. Or you can use just one default ingredient – half-and-half cream.

The addition of flavored syrups and spices is optional and not a default ingredient.

Is It Hard To Make Cold Foam?

No, not at all. In fact, quite the opposite, it is in fact very easy to make cold foam. All that is needed is 2% milk and half-and-half cream.

It is not even an absolute necessity that you have a blender or milk frother. You can make cold foam using an ice-cold cocktail shaker. Just add your ingredients to the shaker and shaker with vigor for about a minute or two.

Final Thoughts – Cold Foam Recipe

There is more than one cold foam recipe in this article; there are 5 tasty cold foam recipes for you to try and enjoy to your hearts content.

The best part is all of them are so easy to make and don’t require any difficult to find ingredients or equipment. You’ll find them all locally or on Amazon, Walmart or Target.

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Derek Marshall, a certified barista by the Specialty Coffee Association possesses over two decades of experience in specialty coffee shops. He holds professional certifications for coffee brewing and barista skills. Derek is also an author with authoritative books covering various coffee topics including specialty coffee, sustainability and coffee, coffee brewing, coffee recipes, coffee cocktails and books focusing on Brazilian coffee, Vietnamese coffee, Indonesian coffee and Malaysian coffee. As a barista for over two decades, Derek Marshall has worked in specialty coffee shops across the United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. His expertise extends to the distinct coffee cultures, specialty beverages, and brewing techniques of each nation. Functioning as a coffee consultant, Derek charges US$50 per hour. To learn more about Derek Marshall and Latte Love Brew, visit his About Me Page. For coffee inquiries, contact him at +34-639-410-375 or, mentioning your name and location

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