Easy Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew [Starbucks Copycat]



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This quick and easy salted caramel cream cold brew recipe is the perfect homemade alternative to a Starbucks salted caramel cold brew.

Made with just a handful of ingredients, this caramel cold brew coffee is sweet and slightly salty and topped with a creamy cold foam.

Glass of DIY salted caramel cream cold brew starbucks copycat recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew Recipe

This salted caramel cream cold brew coffee recipe is super quick and easy to make. Topped with a sweet cold foam it is the perfect coffee drink for Summer.

Plus you’ll be pleased to know there is no need for fancy coffee gear or complicated homemade syrups.

And, just like the Starbucks salted caramel cold brew, it has a sweet and slightly salty caramel flavor that melds perfectly with the smooth cold brew coffee.

If you love caramel coffee drinks, you might like to try this iced caramel latte, a caramel frappuccino, or an iced caramel macchiato.

Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew Ingredients

I love this caramel sweet cream cold brew as it has just 5 ready made ingredients you can pull together in no time.

In addition to ice, listed below are the main ingredients you will need to make homemade salted caramel cold brew.

salted caramel cold brew ingredients.

Salted caramel syrup

When it comes to Starbucks copycat recipes, they need to be quick to put together otherwise it is easier to head on down to your local Starbucks, right?

So in my salted caramel cold foam cold brew recipe you won’t find any homemade syrups like in my iced apple crisp macchiato recipe.

Instead I use good quality store bought salted caramel and vanilla syrup:

The Starbucks caramel cold brew uses caramel syrup and salt, so if you don’t want to purchase salted caramel syrup for home, you can use regular caramel syrup.

Simply add a little sea salt to the recipe to achieve the required saltiness to offset the sweet.

Cold brew coffee

Likewise for the cold brew coffee. Cold brew is super easy to make at home (see my cold brew recipe here). But it does need to be prepared 12-24 hours in advance using cold brew coffee beans.

So if you don’t have a batch made up, don’t worry – there is a quick option, which is ready to drink cold brew coffee.

My top tip is to always have some ready to drink cold brew concentrate in the pantry. That way you always have it on hand for quick and easy cold brew coffee drink preparation.

Some good ready to drink cold brew coffee brands include:

Vanilla sweet cold foam

Sweet cold foam is so easy to make at home and is made by combining heavy cream, milk and vanilla syrup.

My top tip for quick drink preparation is to combine the sweet cream ingredients and store it in the fridge. When you are ready to make a cold brew simply froth the amount you need.

The sweet cream ingredients will last in the fridge in a sealed container for up to a week.

I explain the steps below or hop over to the full vanilla sweet cream cold foam recipe here.

How To Make Starbucks Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew At Home

Step 1 – Make the cold foam

To make your sweet cream cold foam, combine the heavy cream, milk and vanilla syrup in an automatic milk frother or in a french press to manually froth the cream.

If using a french press, plunge until thick and foamy and set aside.

Step 2 – Combine your ingredients

Fill a glass half way with ice cubes and pour your salted caramel syrup and cold brew coffee into the glass.

Stir gently to combine.

Caramel syrup pouring into glass of ice.
starbucks salted caramel cold brew in glass.

Step 3 – Top with sweet foam

Spoon or pour your sweet cold foam into your glass on top of the caramel cold brew.

Don’t stir – simply sip and enjoy the delicious flavors of smooth cold brew with salted caramel and vanilla.

Common Questions Answered

Are you supposed to mix the salted caramel cold brew?

One of the features of a salted caramel cream cold brew is the layered coffee and cold foam.

It is best to drink without stirring so you can enjoy the flavored coffee and foam as distinct ingredients with each sip.

Is salted caramel cream cold brew sweet?

Despite the slightly salty taste, the salted caramel cream cold brew is a sweet coffee drink thanks to the inclusion of caramel and vanilla flavored syrup.

You can change the level of sweetness by adjusting the amount of syrup you add to the drink to suit your personal taste preferences.

Is cold brew stronger than iced coffee?

Cold brew is brewed at a stronger ratio of coffee to water, so it tends to have a higher amount caffeine than regular iced or brewed coffee.

You can adjust the strength of your cold brew by diluting the concentrate with more water when adding it to your cold brew coffee recipes.

Two glasses of salted caramel cold brew with salted sweet cream foam.

Salted Caramel Cold Brew Variations

Here are some fun ways to experiment with this salted caramel cold brew recipe to make new and tasty caramel cold brew coffee drinks!

1. Try salted caramel cream nitro cold brew

Replace regular cold brew coffee with nitro cold brew for a smooth carbonated salted caramel cream nitro cold brew coffee.

You can buy nitro cold brew in a can or make it at home with a nitro cold brew coffee maker.

2. Make caramel cold foam

Try replacing the vanilla syrup in the cold foam with a tablespoon of salted caramel syrup for an extra caramel boost in your salted caramel foam cold brew.

3. Reduce salted caramel cold brew calories

To make a healthy cold brew with salted caramel foam with less calories, use a sugar free caramel syrup like this one.

You can also make cold foam with half and half instead of cream and milk to reduce the overall calorie count.

4. Caramel sweet cream cold brew

Ditch the frother and simply add the sweet vanilla cream to your caramel cold brew for a delicious salted caramel cream cold brew.

This option still has all the sweet creamy flavors without the foamy top.

Other Starbucks Copycat Recipes To Try

If you love to make Starbucks drinks at home, try these popular Starbucks copycat coffee drinks recipes:

salted cold brew coffee in glass.

More Cold Brew Coffee Recipes

If you loved this salted caramel cold brew Starbucks recipe, here are some more great cold brew coffee recipes to try at home.

Find more cold brew recipes here or browse all our coffee recipes.

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Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew

A quick and easy homemade salted caramel cream cold brew recipe just like Starbucks. This cold brew coffee drink is flavored with salted caramel syrup and creamy sweet foam.
5 from 1 vote
Servings: 1 drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla syrup

Salted Caramel Cold Brew


  • Combine heavy cream, milk and vanilla syrup in a milk frother or french press and plunge until frothy. Set aside.
    1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 tablespoon milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla syrup
  • Half fill your glass with ice.
    1 cup ice cubes
  • Into the glass pour the salted caramel syrup and cold brew coffee, leaving a little room at the top for your foam. Stir to combine.
    2 tablespoons salted caramel syrup, 1 1/3 cups cold brew coffee
  • Top with vanilla sweet cream cold foam.


  • You can make the vanilla sweet cream ahead of time (don't froth it) and store in the fridge. See the full recipe here. Simply pour what you need into your frother to prepare each drink.
  • If you don't have an automatic milk frother or french press, simply pour the foam ingredients into a jar and shake vigorously. The consistency will not be as thick, but still taste great.
  • For a quick and easy salted caramel cold brew recipe, use store bought cold brew. Alternatively make a batch at home and store in the fridge until needed. See the full cold brew coffee recipe here.
  • If you already have caramel syrup at home, you can use that instead of buying salted caramel syrup and add a pinch of sea salt to your foam when frothing.
  • To reduce the calories use half and half instead of heavy cream and milk to make the cold foam.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 247mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 899IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Rachel Rodda
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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Rachel Rodda

It's no surprise that as a former barista and founder of Creators of Coffee, I'm obsessed with all things coffee. I love to share easy and delicious coffee recipes, expert brewing tips and helpful coffee gear reviews with my fellow coffee lovers!

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