12 Easy Cold Foam Recipes

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Make delicious cold foam at home for your iced drinks! See how quick and easy it is to make flavored cold foam in just a couple of minutes.

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Homemade Cold Foam

Cold foam is cold, frothed milk and cream, made without heat or steam. It’s a frothy drink topping that can be used in iced beverages instead of milk. The best cold foam is made up of tiny, uniform bubbles and it’s what creates the smooth texture.

At Starbucks, cold foam is made with a special blender but to make cold foam at home, all you need is a French press or an electric milk frother with a cold setting like an Aeroccino.

A shortcut I like to use is replacing the heavy cream and milk with equal amount of half & half, which makes a super quick cold foam. There’s one less ingredient to measure and it’s like a slightly lighter version of cold foam.

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12 Cold Foam Recipes

1. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

See how to recreate the cold foam at Starbucks with this simple 2-minute recipe. Enjoy this cold foam on any iced drinks, including iced matcha lattes and cold brews.
Flavored with vanilla syrup, you can buy the syrup directly from Starbucks or use homemade vanilla syrup.
Ingredients: Heavy cream, milk, vanilla syrup

2. Brown Sugar Cold Foam

If you love the deep, nutty flavors of brown sugar, you'll enjoy this cold foam in your iced drinks. It uses homemade 2-ingredient brown sugar syrup, which is easy to make at home.
Once you've made the syrup, you can make brown sugar cold foam in a French press in 2 minutes.
Ingredients: Heavy cream, milk, brown sugar syrup, ground cinnamon (optional)

3. Caramel Cold Foam

Turn any cold drink into a rich and decadent treat with this caramel cold foam recipe. Ready in just 2 minutes, the cold foam is made with caramel sauce.
The easiest way to make it is in a French press, but you can also use a handheld milk frother, a large jar with a tight lid, or an electric milk frother like an Aeroccino.
Ingredients: Heavy cream, milk, caramel sauce

4. Chocolate Cold Foam

This chocolate cold foam recipe is so easy to make in a French press. Just add the ingredients, mix, and move the plunger up and down to get cold foam in seconds.
The chocolate flavor comes from chocolate syrup so use a high-quality product for the best taste. It's delicious on cold coffee drinks, like iced lattes and cold brews. The combination creates a great mocha flavor.
Ingredients: Heavy cream, milk, chocolate sauce

5. Matcha Cold Foam

Matcha cold foam is a cold, green, frothy topping for iced drinks. With only 4 ingredients, this recipe makes 1 serving of matcha cold foam in just 2 minutes.
Matcha cold foam can be be added in place of milk or sweeteners to give your drinks a sweet matcha taste.
Ingredients: Heavy cream, milk, vanilla syrup, matcha

6. Salted Caramel Cold Foam

At Starbucks, salted caramel cold foam is a standard topping on the Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew.
This copycat recipe uses store-bought caramel sauce since it's easier than making it from scratch.
Ingredients: Heavy cream, milk, caramel sauce, sea salt

7. Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam

Give iced drinks a seasonal touch with this 4-ingredient pumpkin cream cold foam. It's flavored with vanilla syrup and pumpkin spice sauce, which has warming notes of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.
Pumpkin cream cold foam is available at Starbucks, but only during the fall months. Making it at home will let you have it any time you want. Use it in place of milk with coffee, chai, or matcha drinks.
Ingredients: Heavy cream, milk, vanilla syrup, pumpkin spice sauce

8. Strawberry Cold Foam

Strawberry syrup is the key ingredient in this 2-minute strawberry cold foam. You can make it at home or buy it in the store. It's so good on iced lattes made with matcha or coffee. It's great on iced teas.
Ingredients: Heavy cream, milk, strawberry syrup

9. Lavender Cold Foam

If you enjoy floral flavors, you'll want to add this lavender cold foam recipe to your rotation. It's a frothy, creamy topping that's flavored with lavender syrup. There's also sea salt in the recipe which brings out the sweetness of the syrup.
This cold foam will elevate any cold drink, including bubble tea, iced matcha latte, chai latte, or cold brew.
Ingredients: Heavy cream, milk, lavender syrup, sea salt

10. Rose Cold Foam

Rose syrup gives this rose cold foam a sweet, floral flavor that's so good in cold drinks. You can make rose syrup from scratch with water, sugar, and dried rose petals. Or if you want a quicker option, use a store-bought version.
Ingredients: Heavy cream, milk, rose syrup

11. Butterfly Pea Flower Cold Foam

Butterfly Pea Flower Cold Foam being poured into clear glass on top of Butterfly Pea Flower Iced Tea.
Butterfly pea flower syrup gives this foam a light blue color while adding sweetness and flavor. This butterfly pea flower syrup works well on iced tea, bubble tea, and iced lattes.
Ingredients: Heavy cream, milk, butterfly pea flower syrup

12. Hibiscus Cold Foam

Sweet and slightly tart, this 2-minute hibiscus cold foam is a unique alternative to standard cold foam. There's a light pink tinge, which comes naturally from the red hibiscus syrup.
Ingredients: Heavy cream, milk, hibiscus syrup

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12 Cold Foam Recipes

By: Jee Choe
Make delicious cold foam at home for your iced drinks, like this Brown Sugar Cold Foam below.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Yield: 1 serving


  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar syrup
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon


Brown Sugar Cold Foam

  • Put heavy cream, 2% milk, brown sugar syrup, and ground cinnamon into a French press.
  • Place the lid and move the plunger up and down 40 times.
    The cold foam will increase in volume. Pour cold foam on top of an iced drink and serve immediately.


Calories: 264Carbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 34mgPotassium: 116mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 906IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 0.2mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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