Almond Milk Cold Brew Frappuccino
Cold brew is fantastic, but there is an issue. The soft and smooth coffee flavor is easily overpowered with milk or cream.
What you’ll Need
- Coffee Beans
- 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
- (Optional: xanthan gum )
So, if you want to make something that often has a lot of milk in it, for example, a frappuccino, this could become a problem. A solution could be to substitute the cow milk for almond milk. So, therefore I decided to do an almond milk cold brew frappuccino recipe. Hope you like it!
Why Almond Milk?
Almond milk is not as overpowering as normal milk but still gives a nice milky taste to the frappuccino. However, the texture will be a bit different, a bit icier and not as smooth.
In order to get a better texture, you could add xanthan gum. Even though it might sound weird, most big restaurants add this (or similar) to their frappuccino to get that nice smooth, non-icy feeling.
Another thing you could do to get a less icy texture is to freeze cold brew and almond milk into ice cubes. The option is to add normal ice to cold brew and almond milk. Freezing the milk and the coffee will produce less hard ice, which will result in a smoother and creamier frappuccino.
Always when you make cold brew drinks with milk (almond or normal milk) I suggest that you make your cold brew strong by using a high coffee-to-water ratio and by using a medium or dark roast.
I am using our “Everyday Hero”-coffee beans for this recipe, but if you are looking for any cheaper coffee you could, for example, get Amazonsfresh’s dark roast Arabica coffee or any coffee of your choice.
When it comes to the ratio, I suggest using a ratio somewhere around 1:10 – 1:12. But, it is up to you. Experiment and see what you like. It doesn’t need to be perfect the first time, and remember, coffee should be fun and exciting!
Step 1 – Brew You Cold Brew Coffee
The first thing you have to do is to brew the coffee for the frappuccino. This will take somewhere between 12-24hrs.
Grind your beans to a coarse grind (if you aren’t using ground coffee) and add it to a cold brew maker (or any other device you can use for cold brewing, for example, a french press).
Add water and make sure all the coffee gets wet. Let it brew for 12-24hrs and then filter out all the ground coffee from the drink ready cold brew.
*If you want to learn more about cold brewing, check out our video cold brew guide
Step 2 – Almond Milk + Cold Brew = Frappuccino
This recipe is super simple, but you will need some sort of blender to make it. Add all almond milk, cold brew and ice to it. If you want to, you can also add a sweetener or flavor. For example, vanilla coffee syrup or vanilla extract.
How much of each ingredient do you need?
I’m using almost exactly the same amount of almond milk and cold brew (1/2 cup of each), but feel free to experiment with the ratio. If you like stronger coffee, add more cold brew. Add xanthan gum now as well if you are using it, but don’t add too much! ¼ – ½ tsp will do the job.
Don’t add too much ice in the beginning. Add 6-7 cubes and blend. Is the result what you are looking for? If not add more ice.
When you have mixed it together and when you are satisfied with it, pour it up in a big nice glass and if you want to add topping. Maybe whipped cream or caramel sauce?
That’s it, enjoy!
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