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Starbucks Copycat Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

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When the weather isn't cold enough for a Pumpkin Spice Latte a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is the perfect compromise. Making one at home is simple and worth making your own cold brew for. Of course, you can always use your favorite store-bought cold brew or iced coffee to speed the process up. It's all about that pumpkin topping anyways!

What milks work best?

In general, a lower fat milk works best for frothing. Skim milk is going to foam up the best and most easily. Other milks including half and half, heavy cream, or non-dairy milks can be used as well, but may not get as foamy. It all depends on the frothing tools you have. Cold milk can be a little harder to achieve a good foam with compared to a warmed milk, but it can be done! 

What's the best tools for frothing?

A small electric handheld frother works the best to achieve a cold foam, especially since the pumpkin can weigh down the milk making it harder to froth. With less pumpkin we've had success using an immersion blender and a french press to froth milk. They don't foam up quite as much, but still create a nice foamy milk for your at home drink. 

Since not everyone has a frother we used heavy cream to create a foam-like topping that allowed us to use more pumpkin and get the flavor we desired. We whipped it by hand (in less than a minute!) to create a loose whipped cream that just barely holds its shape and mimics the foam perfectly. 

What can I sweeten it with?

We used honey to sweeten our foam, but feel free to use maple syrup or powdered sugar. We like our cold brew just barely sweetened, but you can add more if you like a sweeter drink! 

Other Starbucks Copycats

We do love our Starbucks and that’s why we have re-created the all time favorites. Not into pumpkin then the Caramel Frappuccino will give you all the caramel vibes you wanted. Campfire s’mores re-invented in the copycat S’mores Frappuccino sounds about right. It’s not all about beverages either. Cranberry Bliss Bars coming at ya!

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Editor’s Note: This recipe was updated on August 17, 2022.

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Yields: 1 serving
Prep Time: 0 hours 10 mins
Total Time: 16 hours 15 mins
For the cold brew
1 c.

(80 grams) whole coffee beans

4 c.

cold water, plus more for serving

Ice, for serving

For pumpkin cream
1/3 c.

heavy cream

1 tbsp.

pumpkin puree

1 tbsp.


Pumpkin pie spice

  1. Grind coffee beans into a coarse grind. Place into a large pitcher. Add water and stir. Cover with plastic wrap or a cheesecloth and let sit at room temperature for 16 to 18 hours. 
  2. Line a fine mesh strainer with a cheesecloth or coffee filter and strain cold brew. Discard solids. 
  3. Pour ½ cup cold brew over ice and stir in ¼ cup of water. 
  4. In a small bowl, combine heavy cream, pumpkin, and honey. Whisk until cream stiffens and just barely holds its shape, about 1 minutes. 
  5. Spoon cream over cold brew and sprinkle with pumpkin spice. 

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