salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee

an easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4 ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink!an easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4-ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink! #playswellwithbutter #saltedcreamcoldfoamcoldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #coldbrewcoffeerecipe #icedcoffee #easycoffeerecipe #starbucksdrinks #starbucksrecipe

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let’s talk about obsessions, because i’m currently obsessed, uhhhbsessed, OBSESSED with the salted cream cold foam cold brew.

have you tried it? do you love it? can you not stop thinking about it? do you find yourself craving one at 8 pm but you know you can’t have one because you’d be up all night, probably thinking about the laundry you accidentally left in your dryer & planning out the next time you’ll get a salted cream cold foam cold brew?

oh yeah. me. freaking. too. an easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4-ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink! #playswellwithbutter #saltedcreamcoldfoamcoldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #coldbrewcoffeerecipe #icedcoffee #easycoffeerecipe #starbucksdrinks #starbucksrecipe

basically, i’ve had a salted cream cold foam cold brew every single day since i first tried it.

which, at $5 a pop, is kind of a problem.

but! i’ve fiddled around with a homemade version, & the good news is: my recipe just might be better than the original. 

an easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4-ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink! #playswellwithbutter #saltedcreamcoldfoamcoldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #coldbrewcoffeerecipe #icedcoffee #easycoffeerecipe #starbucksdrinks #starbucksrecipe

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homemade salted cream cold foam cold brew iced coffee recipean easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4-ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink! #playswellwithbutter #saltedcreamcoldfoamcoldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #coldbrewcoffeerecipe #icedcoffee #easycoffeerecipe #starbucksdrinks #starbucksrecipe

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oh, hello, iced coffee lover.

this drink. it’s the coffee drink of my dreams! seriously! if you’re team year-round iced coffee (🙋🏻‍♀️), you know that you can’t beat a cool & refreshing cold brew. but when you top your cool & refreshing cold brew off with a dollop of creamy salty-sweet foam? 😍😍😍

salted cream cold foam cold brew = yes. puh-leeeeease. 

an easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4-ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink! #playswellwithbutter #saltedcreamcoldfoamcoldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #coldbrewcoffeerecipe #icedcoffee #easycoffeerecipe #starbucksdrinks #starbucksrecipe

if i have one complaint about starbucks’ salted cream cold foam cold brew, it’s how sweet they make theirs. they add a lot of caramelly sugar syrup that really, imho, takes away from the roasty, toasty coffee.

so! i changed things up a little bit. instead of adding that caramelly syrup, i use pure maple syrup. (in case you haven’t noticed…i have a major crush on all things maple.) it’s more DIY-friendly than making a caramel simple syrup, & it still has the caramelly notes without being so, so sweet & full of refined sugars.

a little maple. a little frothy salty sweet cold foam. a whole lotta cold brew coffee.

what more could you want?

how to make a homemade salted cream cold foam cold brew:an easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4-ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink! #playswellwithbutter #saltedcreamcoldfoamcoldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #coldbrewcoffeerecipe #icedcoffee #easycoffeerecipe #starbucksdrinks #starbucksrecipe

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my salted cream cold brew is seriously so easy & cost-effective to make at home.

here’s what you need:

  • cold brew coffee.
  • milk. preferably skim for optimal froth-age. (or spring for half & half, or even heavy cream for optimal treat-age.)
  • salt.
  • maple syrup.
  • optional: a milk frother.

4 ingredients, 1 optional gadget, & less than 5 minutes of prep time…that’s it!

first! brew your cold brew. my ultimate lazy girl cold brew hack is making a batch of cold brew in a french press. you add one cup of fresh coarsely ground coffee to a french press, then you fill it on up with water (about 4 cups, but seriously, who has time to measure these things?). let it sit overnight, then the next morning you’ve got yourself perfect cold brew that took about 2 minutes of active prep time to make.

(for the record, you can also just buy some cold brew at the store…no judgment here! this is my fave ready-made cold brew, and these cold brew coffee packs are a great convenience item.)

next! the salted cream cold foam. pop some skim milk(!) in a milk frother, with a little bit of salt & a little drizzle of maple for optimal salty-sweetness. i could seriously eat this stuff with my hands – it is SO freakin’ good!an easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4-ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink! #playswellwithbutter #saltedcreamcoldfoamcoldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #coldbrewcoffeerecipe #icedcoffee #easycoffeerecipe #starbucksdrinks #starbucksrecipe

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i tested this recipe countless times with heavy cream & half & half, & while they were reallly good, they didn’t froth up the same way starbucks’ salted cream cold foam does. skim milk is the secret for a great, stiff cold foam.

if you don’t have a milk frother, you can replicate the foaminess by adding the milk to a jar & shaking it vigorously for a minute or two. it’ll be a little softer than by using a frother, but just as tasty. if you’re in the market for a milk frother, this is the one i use…it’s my favorite!an easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4-ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink! #playswellwithbutter #saltedcreamcoldfoamcoldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #coldbrewcoffeerecipe #icedcoffee #easycoffeerecipe #starbucksdrinks #starbucksrecipe

& last? you put the whole thing together. i add a little salt to my coffee, because my obsession for salty coffee is a little out of control now. & if i’m feeling fancy? a little extra maple syrup. an easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4-ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink! #playswellwithbutter #saltedcreamcoldfoamcoldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #coldbrewcoffeerecipe #icedcoffee #easycoffeerecipe #starbucksdrinks #starbucksrecipean easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4-ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink! #playswellwithbutter #saltedcreamcoldfoamcoldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #coldbrewcoffeerecipe #icedcoffee #easycoffeerecipe #starbucksdrinks #starbucksrecipean easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4-ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink! #playswellwithbutter #saltedcreamcoldfoamcoldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #coldbrewcoffeerecipe #icedcoffee #easycoffeerecipe #starbucksdrinks #starbucksrecipe

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if you like the sweetness levels of starbucks’ version, go ahead & add a little extra maple syrup (i share some thoughts on this in the Recipe Notes below!). & if you’re really looking for a total starbucks copycat recipe, know that you can buy their caramel syrup (or vanilla!)  & use 4 pumps of it in 1 drink for an exact replica of a grande-sized drink at home.

an easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4-ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink! #playswellwithbutter #saltedcreamcoldfoamcoldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #coldbrewcoffeerecipe #icedcoffee #easycoffeerecipe #starbucksdrinks #starbucksrecipe

& that’s it! seriously…5 minutes (if that!), 4 ingredients, & endless homemade salted cream cold foam cold brew coffees.an easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4-ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink! #playswellwithbutter #saltedcreamcoldfoamcoldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #coldbrewcoffeerecipe #icedcoffee #easycoffeerecipe #starbucksdrinks #starbucksrecipe

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an easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4-ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink! #playswellwithbutter #saltedcreamcoldfoamcoldbrewcoffee #coldbrew #coldbrewcoffeerecipe #icedcoffee #easycoffeerecipe #starbucksdrinks #starbucksrecipe

salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee


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an easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4 ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold brew coffee (see Recipe Notes)
  • ¼ cup skim milk (see Recipe Notes)
  • ⅛ teaspoon Kosher salt (see Recipe Notes)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, divided

Instructions

  1. Make the salted cream cold foam: Add the skim milk, Kosher salt, and ½ tablespoon of the maple syrup to a milk frother. Using the frother’s cold froth setting, froth the salted cream until thick and creamy. I do 2 cycles of cold frothing using my Nespresso frother, about 2 minutes. If you do not have a frother, you can also add everything into a jar and shake it until it gets whipped & frothy.
  2. Make the salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee: Add the cold brew to a glass, over ice. Stir in the remaining ½ tablespoon maple syrup. If you like a sweeter cold brew coffee, go ahead and add in a little extra maple syrup. If you like unsweetened cold brew coffee, feel free to leave it out. Pour or spoon the salted cream cold foam over top. Enjoy!

Notes

  • A note on the sweetness level: I typically drink my coffee black and find the salted cream cold foam cold brew at Starbucks to be way too sweet to my liking. This recipe, as written, is a happy medium. If you like black coffee, go ahead and omit the added maple syrup in the cold brew. If you like a level of sweetness closer to Starbucks, add a full tablespoon of maple to the cold brew.
  • Milk: I tested this recipe countless times with different milks, & time after time skim milk won out for the most Starbucks-like foam. It’s light + airy, and has the perfect amount of body. Using an alternative milk (nut milk, oat milk, coconut milk, etc.) may work, so long as you use a brand that you know froths well (e.g. “barista blend” style milks). Using heavy cream or half & half will result in a ridiculously creamy treat…so good, but not quite like the Starbucks version. 
  • Salt: This recipe, as written, uses Kosher salt, or another flaky salt, specifically. This is my favorite brand. If you are using table salt, do not use a full ⅛ teaspoon – it will be way too salty! Just use a pinch, then add more as needed!
  • Cold vs hot: The salted cream cold foam is delicious over hot coffee too…just saying!
  • DIY cold brew coffee: Cold brew is a staple in my kitchen, & it’s super easy to make: Add 1 cup whole coffee beans to a coffee grinder and coarsely grind. Add your coffee grounds to a French Press, along with 4 cups of water. Let it sit at room temp overnight, then enjoy all week long! This is a great coffee for cold brew. This is the grinder I’ve owned & loved for the past decade. For French presses, I’m obsessed with this one, though I also used this one for a long time!
  • Other cold brew coffees: Cold brew is readily available in LOTS of different ways at the grocery store these days. This is my fave ready-made cold brew, and these cold brew coffee packs are a great convenience item.
  • Category: coffee, beverages
  • Method: no-cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: salted cream cold foam cold brew, cold brew coffee, iced coffee, coffee drink

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21 Comments

  1. I easily could’ve written this post, because I’m freaking addicted to this drink at Starbucks. It doesn’t help that all my possessions are currently in another state, so I technically don’t have the option of making my own quite yet. But you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be saving my own bucks once I get my cold brew pitcher back in my hands. Thanks so much for this recipe; I can’t wait to try my hand at making it myself. I have a Whipped Cream Maker that I’m going to see if I can get some foam out of it before buying a frother.

  2. Wait, hold on. If it’s way too sweet for you at Starbucks, and you bought it a bunch…then how do you order it?

    • hi! i’ve ordered it without modifications several times, & with half the caramel syrup several times. it’s not that i find their drinks undrinkabley sweet, i just don’t care for that amount of sweetness, especially if i’m making something at home.

  3. This sounds awesome! I’ve been making my own version of SBux Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte topped with cold foam. I’ve always used half and half for my foam and had success getting optimal “foam-age” but I will have to try skim milk now! Too bad its after 8 PM, as I have to wait until tomorrow AM to try this recipe since it sounds so good! Thanks for sharing!

    • your latte sounds amazing too, christy!!! i tried several times with half & half and it got frothy, but it wasn’t quite right…might have to do with the humidity here in minnesota this time of year! hope you try this salty version! xo

  4. I, too, am obsessed! Had one yesterday and talked myself out of stopping on the way home from work today but the vision of me satisfying that craving wouldn’t leave my head! I found your blog after searching and immediately made me one! It was great and I saved $! THANK YOU!

    • yayyy! i’m so glad you liked it yolanda! thanks for letting me know!!! xo

    • My wife makes this for me and she did it with maple (of course!) and it is wonderful. One thing, she is unable to keep the foam and coffee separated for even a few seconds… any suggestions? Just for “the pretty” , the flavour is perfect! Thx

      • hey kay! so, so glad to hear you like these cold brews! regarding the cold foam – starbucks has patented technology that keeps their foam a little stiffer than what you’d get making it homeade. if you’re going for the aesthetic of separate layers, use LOTS of ice to help support the foam, and spoon the foam into your drink rather than pouring, limiting just to the really nice & frothy layer of foam in the frother. this should work!

  5. Super yummy. Thanks for the recipe. May I ask where the glass in the pictures is from. It is beautiful.

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  7. Sounds delicious! I too may have a pre-flight drink ritual… though usually it involves alcohol 😉 Timing of day plays no part of it either!

  8. This looks so dreamy! I can’t wait to try it!

  9. I watched them make one at Starbucks this week, and they whipped up the cream in the blender. Delicious! Can’t wait to try this!

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