Lavender Cold Foam

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Top off an iced drink with cafe-quality lavender flavored cold foam. It’s so quick and easy to make at home in just 2 minutes!

Lavender Cold Foam on top of an iced tea in a large glass.

Recipe Highlights

  • Lavender cold foam is a topping for iced drinks. It’s made by frothing together cold heavy cream, milk, lavender syrup, and a pinch of salt.
  • Starbucks makes their cold foam in a special blender but you can easily make it at home with a French press.
  • Lavender syrup can be store-bought or homemade. If using homemade lavender syrup, make a batch of it first.
  • This recipe makes a serving of lavender cold foam.

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Ingredient Notes

Ingredients for Lavender Cold Foam in measuring cups.
  • Heavy cream
    The essential ingredient to making cold foam. Once frothed, it gives cold foam the perfect consistency to float on a drink.
  • 2% milk
    Adding a bit of milk thins out the heavy cream, making it pourable. Starbucks uses 2% milk but you can use any milk you like.
  • Lavender syrup
    Whether you’re using store-bought or homemade lavender syrup, this is what sweetens and flavors the cold foam.
  • Sea salt
    A pinch of sea salt will give the sweet, floral flavor a deeper depth of flavor.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Lavender Cold Foam steps for making the foam.

For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to see the recipe.

  1. Put all the ingredients into a French press.
  2. Place the lid and move the plunger up and down.
    Liquid will increase in volume.

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Lavender Cold Foam being poured over a glass of iced tea.

Serving Suggestions

Pour lavender cold foam on top of these iced drinks:

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Recipe Notes

Use half & half to simplify the recipe.
Half & half is half heavy cream and half milk so it can be used to make cold foam. It won’t be as decadent since the recipe uses more heavy cream than milk, but it will still foam up. Replace heavy cream and milk with 1/3 cup of half & half.

Use any kind of milk to replace the 2% milk.
Any plant milk like oat milk or soy milk can be used to replace the 2% milk. You can froth alternative milks and replace the heavy cream but the cold foam will be thin and very runny.

Use an electric milk frother.
Instead of a French press, an electric milk frother can also make cold foam. Make sure the one you use has a cold setting so that it doesn’t heat the heavy cream and milk.

Sea salt enhances the lavender.
In order to bring out the sweetness and compliment the floral lavender notes, good quality sea salt is added to the cold foam. You can take it out if you like, but I find the lavender cold foam a little one-note without it.

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Expert Tips

  • Use cold foam in addition to, or to replace milk or cream in an iced drink.
  • While pumping the plunger in the French press, the cold foam will increase in volume (about double) so be sure not to overfill it.
  • Don’t underfill the French press or the plunger won’t be able to touch the liquids before moving up and down, and it won’t froth.
  • If you don’t need it right away, cold foam can be stored in your refrigerator for up to 2 days. Give the French press a few pumps before pouring over your drink since it’ll lose some of its volume.

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Questions You May Have

What’s the difference between cold foam and whipped cream?

Cold foam is cold frothed cream and milk and it’s pourable. Whipped cream is heavy cream (no milk) that’s been whisked or whipped until it holds its shape. Whipped cream will float on top of a drink until it’s mixed in but cold foam will gradually sink into a drink.

Does lavender cold foam have caffeine?

Nope. There’s no caffeine in lavender cold foam.

Can you make dairy-free cold foam?

The only way to make cold foam with the right consistency is to use heavy cream, which is a dairy product. A plant-based milk will foam up a bit but it won’t foam up the way it does with heavy cream.

A fully assembled iced tea with Lavender Cold Foam in a tall glass.

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Lavender Cold Foam

Author: Jee Choe
Top off an iced drink with cafe-quality lavender flavored cold foam. It's so quick and easy to make at home in just 2 minutes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put all ingredients into a French press.
  • Place the lid on the French press and move 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.

EQUIPMENT

NOTES

  • Half & half is half heavy cream and half milk so it can be used to make cold foam. It won’t be as decadent since the recipe uses more heavy cream than milk, but it will still foam up. Replace heavy cream and milk with 1/3 cup of half & half.
  • Any plant milk like oat milk or soy milk can be used to replace the 2% milk. You can froth alternative milks and replace the heavy cream but the cold foam will be thin and very runny.
  • Instead of a French press, an electric milk frother can also make cold foam. Make sure the one you use has a cold setting so that it doesn’t heat the heavy cream and milk.
  • In order to bring out the sweetness and compliment the floral lavender notes, good quality sea salt is added to the cold foam. You can take it out if you like, but I find the lavender cold foam a little one-note without it.
  • Use cold foam in addition to, or to replace milk or cream in an iced drink.
  • While pumping the plunger in the French press, the cold foam will increase in volume (about double) so be sure not to overfill it.
  • Don’t underfill the French press or the plunger won’t be able to touch the liquids before moving up and down, and it won’t froth.
  • If you don’t need it right away, cold foam can be stored in your refrigerator for up to 2 days. Give the French press a few pumps before pouring over your drink since it’ll lose some of its volume.

NUTRITION

Calories: 271 | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 104mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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