This vanilla sweet cream cold brew coffee is a delicious iced coffee that can be made at home super easily and made dairy free!
Vanilla sweet cream cold brew coffee is a super popular iced coffee drink that is extra refreshing during the summer months (but that doesn’t stop me from drinking them during the winter, either!). This delicious coffee drink is an easy recipe that any coffee lover can quickly mix up anytime.
Free from: Wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, fish, shellfish, crustaceans, mollusks, celery, corn, sesame, mustard, lupin, sulfites, nightshades, tomatoes, and more
In the mood for more coffee shop favorites? Check out these hot dairy free pumpkin spice latte, gluten free vanilla scones, and gluten free pumpkin loaf cake!
What is Cold Brew Coffee?
Cold brew coffee is a type of coffee made from the same beans as hot coffee. It’s called cold brew because you make it with cold water instead of hot water. This makes a coffee that is smoother, and more mellow tasting than hot brew coffee.
A lot of people who can’t drink hot coffee can enjoy a cup of cold brew because of the lower acidity!
This vanilla sweet cream cold brew is similar to the ones found at Starbucks, however, this one is dairy free!
You only need a few ingredients to make this vanilla sweet cream cold brew coffee! Plus, I offer suggestions to make it even quicker and easier!
- Coffee: Can’t make this recipe without your favorite cup of coffee! A medium roast coffee bean makes a great batch of cold brew coffee. However, if you want to make this even quicker, you can totally buy pre-made cold brew coffee from the grocery store.
- Vanilla Syrup: This is a type of simple syrup made with vanilla. I love the Singing Dog Vanilla company because they are so good about allergens in the entire process of making vanilla. Plus, this takes the prep time for this recipe down to seconds. You can also make your own vanilla simple syrup (see the notes) if you prefer.
- Dairy free Milk: I like to use soy milk or even soy cream when making this at home. The creaminess of the soy milk really lends itself well to a cold coffee. You can totally use your favorite dairy free milk, however. Think coconut milk, oat milk, almond milk, or rice milk would all be good.
- Coffee Ice Cubes: This is the fancy part of this recipe. Making coffee ice cubes for iced coffee means that as the ice melts, it won’t water down the coffee!
Make this with your personal favorite dairy free milk. A richer milk or cream will yield something more akin to what you’ll find at Starbucks. You can even mix half dairy free milk with half dairy free creamer. Coconut cream or soy cream would both work great.
How to Make Cold Brew
Making cold brew at home is really easy! Here is a quick rundown of how to make up a big batch for the week.
First, grind your coffee beans, if starting from whole beans. If using ground coffee, you can skip this step. If grinding, try to have coarse coffee grounds to make it easier to strain out.
Next, add the ground coffee beans into a large pitcher and fill with 4 cups of water. Stir and seal the container up. Pop it in the fridge for 12 to 18 hours, or overnight.
Tip! Use filtered water. Because coffee is made with just 2 ingredients, using filtered water really lets the coffee flavors shine through.
Line a mesh strainer with cheesecloth, coffee filters, or a tea towel and place it over a large bowl or another pitcher. Pour the coffee through the strainer and you’re done!
Store the cold brew in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 10 days.
How to Make Vanilla Syrup
While you can totally buy some (and I love this brand!) you can also make your own homemade vanilla syrup.
To make simple syrup, combine ½ cup of filtered water and ½ cup of granulated sugar in a pot over medium heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Remove from the heat and add in 1 to 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract, to your taste preference. Let cool completely to room temperature and store in the fridge for up to a month in an airtight container.
Tip! Want to make this different? Try using brown sugar in place of granulated sugar.
For the full instructions, complete with recipe measurements, please see the recipe card below!
To start, grab a glass or mason jar and fill it with a few coffee ice cubes.
In a small glass, mix together the dairy free milk of your choice and ddd 1 to 2 tablespoons of simple syrup depending on how sweet you like it.
Pour over the prepared cold brew. Give it a quick stir and you are done! It’s that easy.
Homemade cold brew coffee will keep in the fridge for up to 10 days. If you want to prep out the vanilla sweet cream cold brew, I recommend making it the night before and storing it in the fridge. Then, in the morning, you can grab your coffee and go!
Yes! Use your favorite coffee beans as a place to start. If you can, try to use a more coarse grind on the coffee beans. This will help with the straining. If you only have preground coffee, no worries. Just strain it a few times.
Cold brew coffee is just as healthy for you as hot coffee. So if you do good with hot coffee, you are sure to love this! And some people who find hot coffee too acidic might find they have less problems with cold brew coffee. Something to try.
Yes you can, if you are making your own vanilla syrup. Vanilla paste is thicker and more concentrated than vanilla extract. Because of this, I recommend using ½ teaspoon of vanilla paste per teaspoon of vanilla extract.
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Cold Brew Coffee
- 3 to 4 tablespoons ground coffee
- 4 cups water filtered
Vanilla Sweet Cream
- 1-2 tablespoons vanilla syrup
- ½ cup dairy free milk
- ½ cup cold brew coffee
Cold Brew Coffee
- Make the cold brew. Add the ground coffee beans to a large pitcher and cover with 4 cups of water. Cover and refrigerate for 12 to 18 hours. Line a mesh strainer with cheesecloth, coffee filters, or a tea towel and place over a large bowl. Pour the coffee through the strainer and discard the grounds. Store the cold brew in a sealed container in teh fridge for up to 10 days.
Vanilla Cold Brew
- Make your cup. In a glass, add a few coffee ice cubes (optional). Add the vanilla syrup and cold brew coffee. Stir to combine. Add in the dairy free milk of choice and stir again. Taste and adjust to your preferences. Enjoy!
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