I recently gave in to the hype and picked up the new Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew at Starbucks and I was instantly a fan. This is the first new Pumpkin drink offered by Starbucks since the debut of the ubiquitous Pumpkin Spice Latte, so it was hotly anticipated.
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I admit, I am not a fan of the PSL, but I don’t begrudge anyone their fall favorite. If anything I was disappointed that I was never able to get in on PSL-mania.
The one downfall of the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is that it can’t be made dairy-free. The cold foam that really makes this drink what it is can only be made with real milk, or so say the good people at Starbucks.
I’m always on the hunt for dairy-free alternatives to my favorite foods, and this was no exception. You could find a recipe for making your own pumpkin cream if you’re so inclined. I would rather not. I’ll take some help where I can get it (thanks Sandra Lee and your semi-homemade ways) and buy a pumpkin spice creamer from the store. There are so many options so you can go on with your basic self.
My personal favorite is the Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk Creamer, but none of my grocery stores carry it, although Target sometimes has it. The Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice Creamer is great, too. I’m sure someone is going to come at me screaming CHEMICALS, but we’re all doing the best we can. If I promise to use my metal straws, will you let me keep my Coffee-Mate?
Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Recipe
8 oz. of cold brew*
Pumpkin Spice creamer of your choice
*You can make your own cold brew or do as Sandra Lee would do and buy it pre-made. There are so many options readily available in every grocery store. If you want to make your own cold brew, I recommend a cold brew pitcher like this. It’s so easy to make and cleanup is a snap.
Fill a glass with ice and add cold brew. Add vanilla syrup if you like. (The Starbucks recipe sweetens the iced coffee with vanilla syrup, but this makes it too sweet for me.) Add as much creamer as you would like to a small glass or milk frother. Use the cold frothing option or use a handheld frother until your creamer is whipped and foamy and pour on top of your cold brew. Add a shake of pumpkin spice and drink up!
In our recent favorites video, Wendy teased me for my love of frothed milk in my coffee, but that love has really paid off now that I’m saving a fortune by making this drink at home!
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