Get ready to fall in LOVE with this Irish Cream Cold Brew recipe. Dare I say, better than Starbuck’s and can be made year-round. The perfect blend of coffee, Irish cream syrup and whipped foam topping.
- Homemade Coffee: Save money by brewing and mixing up your own coffee creations! Skip the drive-thru and become your own barista.
- Easy to Customize: You can make your own cold brew, purchase store bought, or even substitute with brewed coffee.
- Delicious Iced OR Hot: Ok, ok. I know that this is for a cold brew… But try the foam over the top of a fresh hot cup of coffee. You can thank me later.
Can you order a Starbucks Irish cream cold brew year round? Technically, yes. However, it only gets featured on the menu periodically throughout the year. It is one of my go-to orders with the most delicious flavor of vanilla with a subtle finish of cocoa. Unbeatable. This homemade version is super quick to whip up and tastes even better than the original.
You’re in control of the ingredients, which means you can be heavy handed with the syrup for a more sweet drink, OR stay light with the add-ins and have a more bold coffee finish. Either way, you will love the simplicity of this iced coffee recipe.
Cold Foam Ingredients
Like all of my coffee recipes, you’ll need to start this recipe with your favorite brewing method. This recipe is delicious no matter if you opt for homemade or store bought brew. Here’s a closer look at what you will need:
- Cold Brew: Did you know you can make your own cold brew? It’s surprisingly simple and a staple in my fridge at all times. That being said, you can also buy pre made versions that are equally delicious. No time for cold brew? Opt for iced coffee.
- Irish Cream Syrup: For around $15 you can get a container of Irish cream syrup (affiliate) that will last a good long time. Can you make your own? For sure. However, after testing homemade vs store bought I preferred the ease of the pump style syrup.
- Cream + Milk: My brother recently informed me that you can whip almost any milk and it will stay frothed for ages. That being said, I personally prefer a mix of heavy cream with 2% milk. SO foamy and rich for the perfect coffee topping.
Irish Cream Cold Brew Recipe
- PREP: Make the cold foam by combining 1-2 tablespoons of Irish cream syrup, milk, and cream into a mason jar or tall glass. Using a milk frother (affiliate) whip the milk until just slightly thickened, about 20 to 30 seconds. Alternatively, you can put the lid on a jar and shake vigorously until it begins to thicken.
- ASSEMBLE: Fill a glass 3/4 full with ice. For a more bold Irish cream flavor add 1-2 teaspoons syrup. Pour in the cold brew, leaving a 1-2 inch gap at the top of the cup. Spoon or pour the sweet cream onto the top of the glass, filling the gap at the top.
- ENJOY: Stir and enjoy!
- Cold Brew Maker: For under $20 you can get a cold brew maker (affiliate) that is SO EASY to use. This is the one I have, and used in the photos, and it makes a super smooth cold brew that is barista worthy.
- Espresso Maker: Did you know you can get an espresso machine (affiliate) for around $30? This is the one I have and I love it. It doesn’t take up too much space and makes a killer shot of joe.
- Iced Coffee Glasses: AKA an insulated tumbler (affiliate). There is nothing worse than having your ice melt and drown out the flavor of your coffee.
Yes, but you will have a less foamy and creamy texture to your topping. I suggest trying oat milk for the heavy cream and milk
Yep. If you plan to top a hot coffee with the Irish cream foam, I suggest adding an additional amount of syrup directly to the coffee for more added flavor.
Nope! You can stir the cream ingredients together and use it immediately without whipping. However, this happens to be extra delicious with a little more shaking.
Yes! You can mix all of the cream ingredients together and keep them stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Take them out and give them a good whip or mix before adding to your coffee.
Copycat Irish Cream Cold Brew
- 1-2 tablespoons Irish Cream Syrup
- 1/4 cup milk 2% or higher
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups cold brew coffee
- Combine 1-2 tablespoons of Irish cream syrup, milk, and cream into a mason jar or tall glass.
- Using a milk frother (affiliate) whip the milk until just slightly thickened, about 20 to 30 seconds.
- Alternatively, you can put the lid on a jar and shake vigorously until it begins to thicken.
- Fill two glasses 3/4 full with ice.
- For a more bold Irish cream flavor add 1-2 teaspoons syrup.
- Pour in the cold brew, leaving a 1-2 inch gap at the top of the cup.
- Spoon or pour the sweet cream onto the top of the glass, filling the gap at the top.
- Stir and enjoy!