Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Recipe

A super refreshing vanilla sweet cream cold brew recipe that tastes just as good as if you went to the Starbucks drive thru. It’s definitely easier on the wallet and you don’t even have to get out of your robe to get your hands on one!

Recipe Highlights

  • You can use store bought ingredients for this recipe if you prefer to save time or make them yourself from scratch.
  • You can order a Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew from Starbucks for about $4.50 for a tall that’s made with vanilla flavored cold brew and sweetened with sweet cream.
  • You can alter this recipe to your preferred coffee taste. Add all the extra sweetness you need!

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew


  • 3/4 cup cold brew coffee
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla syrup
  • 1/4 cup sweet cream
  • 1/2 cup ice

Vanilla Syrup

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Vanilla Sweet Cream

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons vanilla syrup


1. Make vanilla syrup

Add water and sugar to a saucepan and simmer. Stir to make sure sugar fully dissolves.

Take off heat and add vanilla extract.

Pour syrup into an airtight container and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

2. Make vanilla sweet cream

Mix together heavy cream, whole milk and vanilla syrup.

For thicker cream, whisk with milk frother until mixture thickens.

Pour cream into an airtight container and store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

3. Assemble drink

Stir together coffee, vanilla syrup, and vanilla sweet cream.

Add additional syrup and cream as needed to taste.


  • Cold brew can be made using any kind of coffee you like from light to dark roast, but I like to use Starbucks brand Vanilla Cold Brew so that the flavor is as close to the original as possible.
  • The vanilla syrup, cold brew, and sweet cream can be made ahead of time but keep them separate until the drink is ready to be assembled.
  • Don’t feel bad for adding extra! At Starbucks, it’s common to order this drink with extra sweet cream, extra vanilla syrup, or both.
  • This recipe can easily be switched to decaf! Just use decaf cold brew in place of caffeinated
Glass of coffee on counter with cream, vanilla, and cold brew next to it

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