Starbucks Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
Starbucks Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew is such an easy recipe to make at home. This drink is simply caramel-flavored cold brew coffee topped with sweet cream cold foam and a touch of salt.
What I love is, this drink recipe is super easy to put together. To me, that makes it the perfect summer cold coffee drink.
Not to mention, an espresso machine is not needed so anyone can make this cold coffee drink at home.
As I’m sure you guessed, this copycat recipe has two parts: the cold brew and the sweet cream topping.
If you plan ahead, you can have both of these ingredients stocked in your fridge. Then, making your own Starbucks-style Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew at home only takes a couple minutes.
To keep this recipe quick and easy, I like to buy a bottle of each of these ingredients already-made: cold brew coffee, caramel syrup, vanilla syrup.
Whether you get this drink at Starbucks or make it at home, be sure to skip the straw. This way each sip of your Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew is a tasty combination of salt, sweet cream, caramel and coffee.
Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew: Recipe Overview
- Starbucks Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew gets its caramel flavor from caramel syrup combined with cold brew coffee.
- This drink is topped with a fluffy layer of vanilla sweet cream cold foam and salt sprinkles.
- If you ask for extra caramel, the barista can add more syrup or drizzle caramel sauce inside the cup.
- Starbucks baristas make large batches of cold brew daily by brewing coffee at room temperature for 20 hours.
- The same in-house cold brew coffee concentrate is the base for all Starbucks cold brew drinks including nitro cold brew.
- This drink is also available as nitro cold cold brew which makes it really cold and “velvety-smooth.” No ice is added.
- Cold brew beverages are among Starbucks most caffeinated drinks and have more caffeine than regular iced coffee or an iced Americano.
Here’s a list of the ingredients a Starbucks barista uses to make this delicious iced cold brew drink. Additionally, these ingredients are listed in the order the barista adds them to the cup.
- Caramel Syrup
- Cold Brew Concentrate
- Cold, Filtered Water
- Vanilla Sweet Cream
- Salt Topping
Copycat Recipe Ingredients
Caramel Syrup: You can buy caramel syrup or make it. While most simple syrups are easy to make, caramel syrup is a little bit tricky since you have to caramelize the sugar. Here’s a homemade recipe, otherwise it’s easy to find in the coffee aisle or to buy a bottle of Starbucks caramel syrup online.
Cold Brew Coffee: For this drink you need regular strength cold brew coffee. You can achieve this by adding cold, filtered water to cold brew concentrate, or buying a bottle of ready-made Starbucks cold brew.
Starbucks has several cold brew coffee products so it’s really easy to copycat this recipe.
Another option is to make homemade cold brew coffee. If you go this route, just plan ahead. It will need to brew for at least 12 hours.
Ice: As always, I recommend using ice made with filtered water. The same goes for making coffee and tea drinks. Starbucks uses triple-filtered water which makes their drinks really crisp and flavorful.
Vanilla Sweet Cream: It’s super quick to make a batch of vanilla sweet cream by combining heavy cream, 2% milk and vanilla syrup.
Then, all you have to do is froth up the amount needed for your copycat Starbucks iced drink to turn it into sweet cream cold foam. Here you can see exactly how to make vanilla sweet cream cold foam.
Salt: Go ahead and pick up some course sea salt. It’s the final ingredient that tops this drink and obviously puts the “salt” in the salted caramel cream cold brew.
This recipe is for one 16 ounce drink so make it in a cup that size. Once you have all the ingredients on hand, here’s how to make this cold coffee.
To make a Starbucks Salted Caramel Cold Brew, add caramel syrup to a 16 ounce cup. Next, pour in cold brew and scoop in enough ice to fill the cup. Then, shake up a little bit of vanilla sweet cream for one drink, until it’s a foamy consistency. Finally, top the drink with sweet cream cold foam and a sprinkle of salt.
Step 1: Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam
Starbucks always has a pitcher of their house-made vanilla sweet cream in the fridge. When a customer orders a drink topped with sweet cream cold foam, the barista foams up just enough sweet cream for the individual drink.
So what I like to do is keep a bottle of homemade vanilla sweet cream on the ready. Then, I foam up a small amount when I’m making a drink. It also makes a delicious creamer, as is.
So, go ahead and mix together the vanilla sweet cream with this recipe. You’ll need heavy cream, 2% milk and vanilla syrup.
Then, froth some up, and set aside.
Step 2: Add Caramel Syrup to Cup
Starbucks measures syrup by the number of pumps.
If you have an actual bottle of Starbucks Caramel syrup with a regular size pump, put 2 pumps of syrup directly into the cup. If the bottle is equipped with a shorter, half-dose pump, use 4 pumps. Otherwise, add 2 tablespoons of syrup.
Step 3: Pour in Cold Brew Coffee
The next step is to pour cold brew coffee on top of the syrup. If you are making this drink in a Starbucks reusable cup, pour the coffee up to the third black cup-marking. Otherwise, pour in 1 cup of cold brew.
Step 4: Fill Cup with Ice and Top with Sweet Cream Foam & Salt
Now it’s time for ice. Scoop in enough ice to almost fill the cup. Just make sure to leave a little space for the cold foam.
As a last step, slowly pour the sweet cream cold foam (from step 1) on top of the ice. To finish off this delicious cold coffee drink, sprinkle a little sea salt on top.
Enjoy your copycat Starbucks Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew. With this recipe, it tastes really close to the real drink.
Related Cold Brew Recipes & Information
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- How to Make Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam Topping
- Easy Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Recipe
- How to Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam
- How to Make Cold Brew Coffee
- Starbucks Coffee Guide: Cold Brew
- Starbucks Caramel Brulée Latte: Drink Overview
- 1 tablespoon caramel syrup
- 1 cup cold brew coffee
- 1 cup ice, preferably filtered
- 1/4 cup vanilla sweet cream cold foam
- dash of sea salt
To Make the Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
- Put vanilla sweet cream in a jar with lid in the freezer for a few minutes while you make drink.
- Add caramel syrup to bottom of 16 ounce cup.
- Pour cold brew coffee on top of caramel syrup. I prefer to use store-bought Starbucks unsweetened cold brew coffee. You can also make homemade cold brew ahead of time. If you use cold brew concentrate, be sure to add water to it to make it regular strength.
- Scoop enough ice into glass to almost fill it to the top, about 1 cup.
- Remove jar of vanilla sweet cream from freezer and shake vigorously for a minute or two until it thickens. It will resemble runny whipped cream. You can also froth it or aerate it using a french press. I prefer the cold jar method since it's quick and easy.
- Slowly pour sweet cream on top of caramel cold brew and sprinkle with salt.
- Stir and enjoy. This creamy cold brew drink is best served without a straw.
To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream
- Here's my complete recipe for vanilla sweet cream cold foam. It's the exact ingredients and proportions Starbucks uses.
- Just combine heavy cream, milk and vanilla syrup to make a bottle of this sweet creamer. Then turn only the amount you need for a drink into cold foam.
- This Starbucks copycat recipe for Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew is meant to be quick and easy and calls for bottled cold brew coffee and caramel syrup.
- You can find Starbucks cold brew in the refrigerator section or cold brew concentrate in the coffee aisle of most stores.
- You can also make this drink using homemade cold brew coffee if you plan ahead (it takes at least 12 hours to brew) and homemade caramel syrup.
- Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew is best served without a straw so each sip is a tasty mixture of caramel, coffee, cream with a touch of salt.
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