Make Your Own Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew With This Copycat Starbucks Recipe

POPSUGAR Photography | Hedy Phillips
POPSUGAR Photography | Hedy Phillips

There are two types of people in the world: those who love pumpkin flavor and those who don't. I love it. I can't help it! It's the most fall flavor in existence and I just never get sick of it. And while Starbucks's pumpkin offerings are some of my favorites, sometimes I just don't want to go anywhere to have to get a pumpkin coffee. Whether I'm lazy, busy, or get a coffee craving on a Friday night and Starbucks is closed, this copycat recipe for Starbucks's Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is the best. When I first saw it I bought a milk frother on the spot to make it myself, and I definitely don't regret it.

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This is a complete recipe for cold brew plus the pumpkin cream foam, but you can always put the foam on whatever coffee you want. I usually make my coffee in my Nespresso and just use whatever pods I have on hand and sweeten it until it's hardly recognizable as coffee (don't judge), but that part is up to you. Just make sure you either use vanilla-flavored coffee or add a dash of vanilla syrup or extract. For the pumpkin foam, it only takes a few ingredients and a frother. You can get one on Amazon for $10, so it's not a big spend if you don't already have one.

The recipe notes that fat free milk froths the best, and since that's what I typically drink, I can confirm that it froths very well. This is the perfect drink for a brisk weekend morning in bed with some pumpkin cookies (breakfast cookies are absolutely a thing) — Whole Foods's pumpkin cheesecake cookies were the perfect pairing. Enjoy!

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Starbucks Copycat Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

Prep Time10 minutes
Yield1 coffee

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    • For the coffee:
    • 1 1/2 cups cold brew coffee (or any kind of iced coffee)
    • 1–3 teaspoons maple syrup, or your preferred coffee sweetener (optional)
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
    • For the pumpkin foam:
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
    • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin puree
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus extra for garnish
    • Pinch of fine sea salt


    1. Make your iced coffee. Prepare whichever type of iced coffee you love best. Then stir in your desired amount of maple syrup and vanilla extract until combined (optional).

    2. Make the pumpkin foam. In a measuring cup or frothing pitcher, combine the cold milk, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, vanilla, pumpkin spice, and salt. Use a milk frother to froth the milk until it reaches a tight whipped-cream-like foam consistency.

    3. Assemble the drink. Fill a serving glass with ice, pour in the iced coffee, then spoon the pumpkin foam on top. Sprinkle with a pinch of extra pumpkin pie spice, if desired. Serve and enjoy immediately!