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Easy Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Recipe

See how to make Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew at home with this quick and easy recipe.
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Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

If you love Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew more than you care to admit, then you’ve really got to try making your own at home. It’s quick, easy, and most importantly, delicious. Plus, this copycat cold brew recipe may help you save on your Starbucks budget.

Starbucks line-up of cold brew drinks hit their menu a few years ago and sky-rocketed to popularity. Now it seems, Starbucks regulars can’t live without this smooth and sweet ice cold coffee drink.

So while I still love to get a barista-made cold brew, knowing how to make this drink at home means I can have it that much more often. Sort of like a win-win kind of thing.

Starbucks copycat vanilla sweet cream cold brew coffee.
Making Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew at home.

How to Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Like Starbucks

Making a copycat Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew at home is super simple. As matter of fact, you only need four ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Vanilla Syrup
  • Vanilla Sweet Cream
  • Cold Brew Coffee
  • Ice

Vanilla Syrup

Vanilla coffee syrup is easy to find at the grocery store. Stores near me carry brands like Torani and Monin.

But since I make a lot of Starbucks copycat drinks I like to either buy a bottle of Starbucks vanilla syrup online or from a barista. This may be a little known secret, but if your Starbucks has enough in stock, they’ll sell you a bottle.

Otherwise, I make homemade vanilla syrup. Trust me, it’s easy to make and all you need is sugar, water and vanilla extract.

What’s nice is, you can use the vanilla syrup for other drinks or even to make Starbucks whipped cream at home.

To make a copycat vanilla sweet cream cold brew, you need vanilla syrup to add to the drink and some to make the sweet cream.

Vanilla Sweet Cream

Vanilla sweet cream is super simple to make. It’s simply a mixture of vanilla syrup, 2% milk and heavy cream. Take a look at my vanilla sweet cream recipe here.

Just like Starbucks, you can add the sweet cream to the cold brew as a creamer and let it cascade throughout the drink.

Or you can blend up a little bit of the cream to turn it into sweet cream cold foam. This is what creates that nice cloud of cream that sits on top of the cold brew.

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Cold Brew Coffee

A quick way to put together cold brew coffee drinks at home is to buy a bottle of cold brew coffee from the grocery store. Can you guess my favorite brand? Seriously, I think Starbucks bottled cold brew is smooth and delicious.

Starbucks actually sells several types of cold brew products in the grocery store.

In addition, to the refrigerated, ready-to-drink bottle (pictured below), they also sell cold brew concentrate. You can either buy a bottle of cold brew concentrate or a box of individual, pre-measured packs.

To make a cup of cold brew coffee from concentrate, simply add water.

Starbucks cold brew and two glasses filled with ice and cold brew coffee.
Use Starbucks readymade Cold Brew to make a quick and easy Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew at home

Of course, you can make cold brew coffee from scratch, as well.

The only thing is, you have to remember to do it ahead of time. It needs to brew for 12-24 hours.

The process is simple. Grind some coffee on a course setting, add it to a jar with room temperature, filtered water. Next, stir it up and let it brew on the counter. Finally, filter the grounds from the cold brew. Here you can see the details on how to make cold brew coffee at home.

Ice

If you want a true Starbucks experience at home, then even the ice matters.

If you think I’m joking, I’m not.

Ice and melting ice have a big impact on the drink’s flavor. So, just like Starbucks, you should only use ice made with filtered water. And actually, you should use filtered water for all your coffee and tea drinks. It makes a huge difference.

If you don’t have filtered water, you can make ice with bottled water, buy a bag of ice, of get a Brita filter pitcher.

Assembling the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Drink

To make a copycat Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, follow these simple steps.

  • Add vanilla syrup to cup. For reference, Starbucks puts 2 pumps (1tablespoon) of vanilla syrup in a grande, 16 ounce drink.
  • Fill cup with ice. I like to add enough ice to almost fill the cup.
  • Pour cold brew into cup. You want to fill it almost to the top leaving about an inch of space.
  • Add vanilla sweet cream or vanilla sweet cream cold foam. If you like to watch the swirls of cream, pour the cream slowly onto an ice cube.
Vanilla sweet cream cold foam cold brew.
Quick and easy Starbucks copycat Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew recipe

Questions You May Have

vanilla sweet cream cold brew

Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Yield: 16 ounces
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is easy to make at home with this copycat recipe.

Ingredients

Vanilla Cold Brew

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup
  • 1 cup cold brew coffee
  • ice to fill glass, preferably filtered

Vanilla Sweet Cream

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup

Instructions

For the Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee

To make a Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew like Starbucks, I suggest using Starbucks brand coffee for the cold brew part of the drink. There are several options:

  1. Buy a bottle of unsweetened Starbucks Cold Brew coffee or cold brew coffee concentrate.
  2. Mix together cold brew concentrate using Starbucks pitcher packs or single-serve concentrate pods.
  3. Make homemade cold brew coffee.

For the Vanilla Sweet Cream

  1. Combine vanilla syrup, cream and milk in a small jar.
  2. Stir and set aside.

Assembling the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Drink

  1. Add vanilla syrup to 16 ounce glass.
  2. Pour in cold brew coffee. (If using cold brew concentrate, be sure to first add enough water to make it regular strength.)
  3. Fill glass with ice close to top.
  4. Add a splash of vanilla sweet cream (or as much as you like). To make swirls of cream, pour milk slowly onto an ice cube. See notes below for making sweet cream cold foam.
  5. Stir to combine.

Notes

Vanilla Sweet Cream

  • This recipe makes a total of 1/4 cup sweet cream, enough for one drink since the Starbucks recipe only calls for a splash of sweet cream. Double the sweet cream recipe to make more as desired.
  • Here's the recipe for homemade Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam that shows how to make an entire jar of sweet cream.
  • To turn sweet cream into sweet cream cold foam, froth some sweet cream with a handheld milk frother, by pumping it up and down in a french press, or by shaking it vigorously in a cold jar. This is how you get a fluffy layer on top of the cold brew.

Vanilla Syrup

Cold Brew Coffee

  • Cold brew coffee is easy to make at home, but it takes at least 12 hours to brew.
  • If you don't have time to make homemade cold brew coffee, just buy a bottle of already-made Starbucks Cold Brew to make a quick and simple Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew at home.

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