Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam + Cold Brew

We have officially entered pumpkin season! That time of year when all things pumpkin and warm fall flavors come out to play. On the very first day of the start of fall, it feels like the flavors of pumpkin spice are in the air. And a Pumpkin cream cold foam fancy drink is just what the season ordered!

Pumpkin spice cold foam dripping down the side. Next to it sitting pumpkin spice syrup and vanilla simple syrup.

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I set out to create a copycat recipe for Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, but if I’m honest I’ve never been a huge fan of Starbucks and their use of artificial flavorings. But I am an earnest fan of delicious pumpkin flavors, warm spices, and hot drinks on a cool fall day.

But since we’re still amidst warm weather we need the pumpkin spice latte equivalent of a cold drink. Hence this iced coffee drink and cold brew recipe!

I myself have just discovered the true beauty of cold foam coffee and it’s already my favorite fall drink. In recent years I’d purchased some fancy pumpkin creamer to spice up my own cold brew coffee.

But this year I’m going all out with this delicious and homemade pumpkin cream cold foam + homemade cold brew!

Ingredient List

Some may call this a seasonal beverage, but I say it’s the perfect drink for any time of year as long as you love pumpkin flavor.

This cold foam recipe can be made in two different ways. The first option is easy way with very simplistic ingredients and less flavor. However, the second option is to go hardcore with this pumpkin cream cold foam recipe like I did!

The best part is this DIY pumpkin cream cold foam is going to taste delicious either way and will be way healthier than the Starbucks version. As well as fitting it to your taste buds and make it as sweet or intense as you like it!

Pouring the sweet cream cold foam on top of the cold brew in a glass mason jar cup.

Homemade Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam

See the recipe card for quantities.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

  • 1½ cups Sugar
  • 1½ cups Water
  • 6 Cinnamon Sticks or 3 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 12 Whole Cloves or 1 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 4 Tablespoons Fresh-grated Ginger or 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh-Grated Nutmeg or 2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 4 Tbsp Pumpkin Purée (Not pumpkin pie filling)

For the directions head to the DIY Pumpkin Spice Syrup Recipe.

Homemade Vanilla Syrup

For the directions head to the Madagascar Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup Recipe.

Homemade Cold Brew

Add your filter to your jar. Then add 11 Tbsp of your preferred coffee grounds. Last, fill your jar with water and let it sit for 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Watch this on Youtube:

Homemade cold brew glass mason jar with handle and 11 tablespoons of coffee grounds in a small milk glass bowl.


This cold foam recipe really is such a simple pleasure to drink on a warm fall day. If it isn’t already it will quickly become one of your favorite drinks, mark my word!

Cold brew with ice in a glass mason jar and pumpking spice syrup next to vanilla simple syrup in swing top lid glass bottles.

Step One

Add ice, cold brew, and cold water. Then mix.

Then put your mixing bowl in the freezer to chill for 5-10 minutes.

Vanilla bean simple syrup in a swing top lid glass jar.

Step Two

Add your delicious vanilla bean simple syrup and stir.

Adding sugar to the heavy whipping cream and pumpkin spice syrup.

Step Three

In your chilled mixing bowl whip the cup of cream, sugar, and DIY pumpkin spice syrup until you reach your desired thickness. Between 2 and 5 minutes for best results.

Pouring the pumpkin spice cold foam on top of the cold brew drink.

Step Four

Pour on top of your cold brew. Then sprinkle with some nutmeg, cinnamon, or a dash of pumpkin spice for extra deliciousness.


It is very easy to make substitutions in these coffee recipes as long as you follow a few rules and stay true to the main elements.

  • Pumpkin Pie Spice – In a pinch, use 1 tsp of Pumpkin Spice in the Pumpkin Spice Syrup recipe.
  • A Glass of Cold BrewYou can use pre-made, cold brew concentrate, or make a homemade version with several options like a french press. Also, feel free to go caffeinated or decaffeinated.
  • Milk – To get the best froth with milk, with all those lovely large bubbles, you need low-fat milk like skim milk. However, it lacks the creaminess that whole milk or heavy cream will give you. If you’d like plant-based milk Almond milk froths best, but again, won’t give you the creaminess because of its low-fat content. But coconut milk will give the best creamy froth. Oat milk and rice milk simply won’t make a bubbly pumpkin foam.
  • Pumpkin – The best version of this is made with pure pumpkin puree. Simply because plain pumpkin puree allows you to cater to your tastes with as much or as little spice. But feel free to experiment using other alternatives like pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin pie mix, then add spices to taste.


What is a recipe if it isn’t also a small adventure? Also, experimentation is a part of the fun and your taste buds might just thank you.

  • Sweet Cream Have fun and experiment with different sugars. For instance, use brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, agave, or even sweetened condensed milk.
  • Hot Coffee – This is technically filed away under cold drinks, but try it as a hot drink on a cold day. However, make sure to froth your milk first.



Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup – see Madagascar Vanilla Bean Syrup.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup – see DIY Pumpkin Spice Syrup.

DIY Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam – since this is a mixed drink you won’t really need to store it, just care for each element.

Cold brew – Homemade cold brew is good for up to 7-10 days refrigerated in an airtight container like a mason jar.

Top tip

Cold is the name of the game for several key elements in this recipe. You need cold milk to froth properly and a cold mixing bowl to make the cream cold foam.

Pumpkin spice cold foam dripping down the side. Next to it sitting pumpkin spice syrup and vanilla simple syrup.

Pumpkin Spice Cold Foam

Yield: 16 oz
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Pumpkin Spice flavored Iced Coffee with Sweet Cream Topping


  • 4 oz. Cold Brew
  • 4 oz. Water + Ice
  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 4 Tbsp. Vanilla Simple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • Pinch of Nutmeg (garnish)


  1. Fill a 32 oz mason jar or cup with ice.
  2. Add 4 oz Cold Brew.
  3. Add 4 oz Water and stir.
  4. Add 2 Tbsp Vanilla Simple Syrup and Stir.
  5. In a chilled bowl add 1 cup of Heavy Cream, 2 Tbsp Vanilla Simple Syrup (or 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar), and 2 Tbsp. Pumpkin Spice Syrup.
  6. Whip for 2-5 minutes until you achieve your preferred "foam" texture.
  7. Pour over your Cold Brew, water, and ice.
  8. Sprinkle a pinch of Nutmeg on top for added flavor and beautiful garnish.
  9. Enjoy!


  • Make Vanilla Simple Syrup and Pumpkin Spice Syrup before you start this recipe. Or purchase them from your preferred retailer.
  • Don't whip your cream too long or you will deal with a separation issue. The cream won't mix with the coffee like a creamer.


You want to froth milk before putting it in your coffee. If frothed correctly the milk or cream won’t mix with the coffee right away. Instead, the air bubbles will cause it to sit on top of the coffee and slowly mix in unlike creamer or milk that hasn’t been frothed.

No. Though steamed milk will create a foam, it is a delicate foam referred to as microfoam. And it is made of very tiny bubbles versus the thick foam created with a froth.

Milk will not froth if it’s warm, hot, or old. You need fresh cold milk to make the best cold foam.

Skim milk and Almond milk make the best froth. However, they lack the creaminess that heavier fat and higher protein content milk will get you.

Yes. Any type of creamer will froth well, both liquid and powdered.

Yes. Any kind of milk or creamer will make cold foam as long as it’s cold when being frothed.

Starbucks Pumpkin Cold Foam is made with a mixture of cream or milk, cold brew, cold water, pumpkin spice sauce or syrup, and vanilla simple syrup.

The key to making frothy cold foam is to use cold milk or creamer and whip it fast with a high powdered blender, handheld frother, or even a mason jar. Milk that froths the best is low in fat and protein, however, those will not be the creamiest.

To make cold foam without a frother use cold milk in a high-powered blender, Kitchenaid mixer, handheld mixer, or even a mason jar. The tip is to get the milk to become bubbly with air.

Food safety

  • Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
  • Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
  • Wash hands after touching raw meat
  • Don’t leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
  • Never leave cooking food unattended
  • Use oils with a high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
  • Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove

See more guidelines at USDA.gov.

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