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Copycat Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Recipe

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While most people rely on a standard calendar to mark the return of the chilly fall months, many java lovers use the return of pumpkin coffee drinks to let them know when it’s time to pull out the sweaters and watch the leaves change colors. 

Sure, you might be rolling your eyes at the thought of people counting down the days until the pumpkin spice latte returns to your local Starbucks, but admit it: you’ve had one before, and you didn’t exactly hate it. 

But the ever-popular PSL isn’t the only pumpkin-flavored drink Starbucks lovers look forward to every year. There’s the pumpkin spice Frappuccino, which is a lot like its latte cousin because it boasts all the pumpkin spice flavors one would expect of a drink like that, but different because it’s a blended drink — think of it as a pumpkin milkshake. 

And, of course, there’s the pumpkin cream cold brew! It’s one of our personal favorites and the drink we’re showing you how to make on your own. 


The pumpkin cream cold brew drink first appeared on the Starbucks menu in the fall of 2019 as a perfect choice for those who want a drink that celebrates the season but don’t feel like drinking hot coffee. The combination of cold brew and pumpkin cream foam quickly became a fan favorite. 

If you’re a fan of the pumpkin drink and found yourself disappointed when autumn ended and it disappeared from the menu, never to be seen again (at least, until next year), then we’ve got good news for you: we’ve got a copycat recipe you’re going to love. And while it may not exactly be the real thing, we think the homemade version is worth giving a try. 


Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Recipe


For the Coffee – 

  • 1 cup cold brew coffee 
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ice

For the Cold Foam –

  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin purée
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Small bowl


Step 1:

Start making this drink by adding a handful of ice cubes to a tall glass (or mason jar, if you want your caffeine pick-me-up to have more of a hipster aesthetic).

Then, pour your favorite cold brew coffee over the cubes. You can use home-brewed or store-bought brew for this step — it doesn’t really matter — though we think the fresher the coffee, the better. 

Iced Coffee

Step 2:

Then, to add a bit of sweetness, stir in the vanilla extract and maple syrup until both have mixed smoothly into the cold brew.

Syrup in coffee

Step 3:

Set your coffee aside for a minute. But don’t worry; we’ll circle back to your beloved brew soon. First, you’ll need to make the cold foam! Start by pouring whipping cream, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice into a small bowl. Stir until all of the ingredients are combined and you’re left with a batch of orange fluff. 

Pumpkin cream foam

Step 4:

Grab the glass of cold brew you set aside a moment ago, and use a spoon to dollop the cold foam on top of the drink. Finish the recipe by topping the drink with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice for extra pumpkin-y goodness (and to make your coffee look a bit more Instagram-worthy), and you’re ready to start sipping!

Cold foam on coffee


Now, before you get carried away and start making more cups of cold cream coffee than you can drink, note that substitutions can be made depending on your preferences.

First of all, if you don’t want the thick layer of foam that comes from whipping heavy cream, you can use your handy milk frother and your favorite type of milk (we recommend picking one of the many oat milks on the market or maybe almond milk) to make the frothy pumpkin cream instead. It won’t be quite as thick as the one made with whipping cream, but it works if you want something that’s non-dairy or has a lower fat content. 

When it’s time to add the bit of pumpkin that pulls this drink together, the choice is yours; both canned and real pumpkin purée can get the job done. 

Enjoy this Starbucks copycat any time, whether it’s a chilly October morning and you don’t feel like waiting in a long line at the coffee shop or it’s the middle of July and you find yourself craving pumpkin flavor. 

Happy Caffeinating!

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Recipe

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Put a fall twist on a Starbucks classic with this cold brew variation! Spice it up to your liking.


  • 1 cup of cold brew coffee
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    1. Fill a glass with ice and pour in your cold brew, maple syrup and vanilla. 
    2. Combine whipping cream, pumpkin purre, pumpkin spice and vanilla and whisk until extra foamy.
    3. Top cold brew with cold foam mixture, sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!
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