Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew – Make your new favorite drink at home! Cold brew, whipped vanilla sweet cream, Irish cream syrup, and cocoa powder!
You know that I was into the Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, and when I heard that they were coming out with an Irish Cream version to go on the holiday menu I was super excited. (I really do enjoy the Starbucks Holiday menu each year. I know that there was some drama because they took the Gingerbread Latte off.)
I LOVE Irish cream and I went and got one the day they were released. I like this one even more than the pumpkin one and hope that they keep it on the menu year-round.
Cold brew has grown on me. It used to be too strong, but I’ve also been moving towards drinking my coffee with less cream, so I think that my taste is changing.
I also can’t drink the really sweet coffee drinks anymore either. They are cloyingly sweet, and after three sips, my stomach hurts and I throw away my $6 coffee. So these creamy cold brew drinks are the absolute perfect drink for me.
While I do enjoy going to my Starbucks, I do like being able to make my favorite Starbucks drinks at home. My homemade Irish Cream Cold Brew is just as delicious as the one you get in the store, but you don’t have to leave the house.
I bought a bottle of Irish Cream syrup on Amazon. I picked this one because it came with a pump. It tastes really good and while I was pretty sure that I was only buying it for this recipe, I already have used it in my coffee every morning. It’s good. And now I need more of their flavors.
When I’m making a single Irish Cream Cold Brew, I will pour a little cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla bean paste into a glass and whip it with my immersion blender. It tastes about a minute to get the perfect soft peaks that you are looking for. I add two pumps of Irish Cream syrup, cold brew, and ice. Done and done.
If I am making a larger amount, I will whip cream with my mixer until it barely forms a soft peak. I will just spoon the cream onto the tops of the coffee.
I do think that taking the time to whip the cream is worth the effort, the texture is so fluffy and light. It’s not an everyday drink, but it’s worth the treat every now and again.
To make a vegan version, you can whip coconut milk, but it takes a little more planning because the coconut milk needs to be chilled overnight.
Variations on the Irish Cream Cold Brew //
While I was making these I had the idea that it would be so fun to so an after dinner cold brew bar. You could set up a pitcher of cold brew with a vanilla sweet cream and maybe a chocolate sweet cream with different liquors and your guests could make super fun after dinner cold brew cocktails. or how fun would this be for a brunch? I’m absolutely doing this the next time I host a brunch.
- Amaretto – Add a shot of amaretto to the cold brew and top with vanilla sweet cream.
- Kahlua – Add a shot of Kahlua to the cold brew and top with vanilla sweet cream. Or make a chocolate sweet cream.
- Grand Marnier – Add a shot of Grand Marnier to the cold brew and top with vanilla sweet cream.
- Nutty Irishman – Make the Irish cream with Baileys and Frangelico and top with vanilla sweet cream.
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