From the Birthday Cake Frappuccino to the Cinnamon Dolce Latte, Starbucks is known for its fancy, elaborate coffee drinks, which makes the newest addition to the menu seem surprisingly simple. A sweet and creamy twist on a newer Starbucks staple, it's much easier to learn how to make a Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew at home than it is to recreate most of Starbucks' other beverages — and trust me when I say, once you know how to make this drink yourself, you'll be brewing it all summer long.
A perfect beverage for the summer season, Starbucks' Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a new incarnation of the coffee chain's already wildly popular Cold Brew, which became a permanent part of the menu in 2015. A two ingredient drink, the beverage's title lets you know exactly what's in it: Starbucks Cold Brew with a touch of vanilla sweet cream floating on the top. Rich and smooth, the vanilla-flavored cream adds just enough sweetness to the drink, bringing out the coffee's natural citrus-like flavor without overpowering it. Bold, flavorful, and with just a hint of something sweet, the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a true coffee-lover's drink.
Although this new drink is a permanent menu item, meaning you don't have to worry about your latest Starbucks favorite being taken away from you at the end of the season, it's probably a good idea to learn how to make your own Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew for those days when you can't make it to Starbucks. The summer is going to be long and hot, so spend it sipping this cool, delicious DIY drink. Here's how.
- 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
- 16 oz. cream
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- Homemade cold brew
1. First, make the vanilla sweet cream. Combine sweetened condensed milk, cream, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Stir until completely blended.
2. Fill a serving glass with ice. Add cold brew, leaving a little room for cream at the top. Add your desired amount of cream. Serve immediately, without stirring.
I've tried my fair share of DIY Starbucks drinks, but nothing has ever been so simple and so delicious as this vanilla sweet cream coffee creation. If you don't count the hours you need to wait for the cold brew to steep, this drink takes less than five minutes to whip together, and probably even less time to gulp it down. The perfect combination of bold, rich coffee flavor and sweet, smooth cream, this is the caffeinated beverage you need to keep you going all summer long. The best part? The sweet cream can be refrigerated for three to five days, so you can make it ahead of time and enjoy a delicious homemade beverage all week long.
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