Salted Caramel Cold Brew
Hey cold brew lover, Anton from DripBeans here!
Ever wanted to know how coffee shops make their delicious salted caramel cold brew coffee? I will show you, so you can go home and make it yourself.
What you’ll Need
- Coffee Beans (or drink ready cold brew)
- 1/2 Low Fat Milk
- Kosher Salt
- *Optional: Caramel Sauce
The best part is that when you make your caramel cold brew coffee at home, it will probably taste even better than if you bought it in your coffee shop.
Also, it will be much cheaper!
Instead of paying $4 or $5 for a glass of okay coffee, you can get the best possible coffee beans and other ingredients and still pay well under a dollar for each glass. Amazing, right?
For salted caramel cold brew, you pretty much need 4 ingredients – Coffee beans, caramel syrup, milk (or cream if you prefer that) and salt. You will add some water and ice, of course.
Always when I make cold brew recipes with something sweet and/or dairy, I prefer medium or dark roasted beans. If you use lighter roast, the flavors from the other ingredients will overpower the coffee aroma.
These are some good coffee beans we at DripBeans can recommend. If you have a local roastery, I would also recommend getting your coffee roasted freshly from them.
When it comes to the caramel syrup, you could make it yourself. But I an using bought coffee caramel syrup. You can find here if you want to get it yourself. It is easy to use, and one bottle will last for a long time.
For salt, we are using kosher salt, but you can use whatever salt you want to. Another favorite of mine are ordinary sea salt flakes.
The last ingredient you need for your DIY salted caramel cold brew is milk. We will make a cold foam from the milk, and for this low-fat milk works best.
If you want a fatter and richer version of this recipe, you can swap the milk for some heavy cream. If you do this, I would recommend you to add a bit more caramel syrup and salt. The heavy cream will otherwise hide some of the taste.
This recipe is pretty straight forward and you can, of course, add other ingredients as well — for example, vanilla, caramel sauce, etc. You could also remove the salt and get an “ordinary” caramel cold brew coffee drink.
I hope you will like this caramel cold brew recipe, and if you try, it would be fantastic if you wanted to share your thoughts. So make sure to join our Facebook community where you can share and discuss with other cold brew lovers.
Step 1 – Brew Your Cold Brew
As I wrote above, you probably want to use medium or dark roasted beans for this recipe. But the choice is, of course, yours. You can, of course, also buy pre-made cold brew.
(If you have never made cold brew before, I would recommend to check out this video guide)
Brew your cold brew using whatever brewer you want to use — for example, using a French press or a cold brew maker.
Grind your beans (if you are using whole beans) to a coarse grind and add it to your brewer. Add cold water and make sure all the coffee ground gets wet.
Let it brew for 12-24hrs (longer brewing time will give a stronger coffee taste).
If you really love caramel and want to add a lot of it, you might want to try the “hot bloom” cold brewing method. You can check it out in this cold brew guide. The hot bloom method will give a slightly stronger coffee taste, which might be nice if you also are adding a lot of caramel.
Step 2 – Salted Caramel Foam
You could add caramel syrup directly to your coffee, however, in this recipe, I am adding to the milk foam.
By doing this, you will get some nice non-sweet cold brew topped with the delicious salted caramel cold foam. That contrast adds something beautiful to the whole coffee experience. You can taste the coffee and the foam seperate, instead of it being a mixed taste.
So, the recipe is easy, but you will need something to create our foam. I would recommend a milk frother (like this one). This is what I am using, and it makes the whole thing super easy.
But if you want to save some money, you can also use a handheld milk foamer.
If you are using a milk frother, like the one I recommended above, add the cold foam ingredients to it.
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1 tbsp caramel syrup
- A pinch of salt
If you are using a handheld milk frother, add the ingredients to a separate container.
Create a cold foam, and that’s it.
(Make sure you are using the cold foaming program on your frother. We don’t want hot foam for our cold brew)
If you’re using heavy cream instead of milk, don’t let the foamer go for too long. You don’t want whipped cream, but rather a thick foam.
Step 3 – Serve The Caramel Cold Brew
Now, all we have to is to pour up this delicious caramel coffee.
Start by adding ice to a glass and then add your cold brew. If you have brewed cold brew extract (strong cold brew), make sure to add some extra water as well. How much depends on personal taste, coffee beans, and the water-to-coffee ratio you used when brewing.
In other words, you will have to try yourself and find your preferred strength. Make sure to leave some space in the glass for the foam.
After adding the cold brew, add the salted caramel foam.
Optional, add caramel sauce on the top for extra caramel taste and appealing look!
That’s it, enjoy your caramel cold brew coffee.
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