This copycat recipe for Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew explains how to make a creamy, pumpkin-spiced cold brew just like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. Homemade cold brew, DIY pumpkin cream cold foam, and pumpkin spice come together to make this tasty coffee drink at home.
Put down the pumpkin spice latte and treat yourself this fall to a pumpkin cream cold brew! We’ve been obsessed with this drink since it was introduced to the Starbucks menu in 2019, so naturally, we had to find a way to make the same great-tasting coffee drink at home.
Compared to a PSL, the pumpkin cream cold brew is less sweet and has a more coffee-forward flavor. The vanilla syrup adds a subtle sweetness to the cold brew coffee, which is then layered with a smooth layer of creamy, pumpkin spice-flavored cold foam. Creamy, dreamy, and the best part? Lots of pumpkin flavor.
You’re going to love how incredibly easy it is to make a DIY pumpkin cream cold brew instead of spending money every day on a Starbucks afternoon pick-me-up! So gather your equipment and ingredients and let’s make a homemade pumpkin spice cold brew that rivals any coffee shop.
Why You Should Make Pumpkin Spice Cold Foam From Scratch
- Pumpkin spice cold foam is the perfect sweet and spiced topping for rich and creamy coffee and tea drinks.
- Quick and easy! Prepare a coffee house quality pumpkin spice cold brew in 5 minutes of less.
- Budget-friendly. Homemade pumpkin spice cold foam and cold brew cost less than daily trips to Starbucks.
🎃 Ingredients & Recommended Tools
To make pumpkin cream cold brew from scratch, you will only need a few basic ingredients.
- Cold Brew Coffee – You can use store-bought cold brew coffee or make homemade cold brew. If you prefer chilled or iced hot brewed coffee, that works as well.
- Skim Milk or Barista Milk – is the best for making a light and fluffy cold foam.
- Pumpkin Puree – is whipped into the cold foam for a touch of color and real pumpkin flavor.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – gives the drink warm autumn flavor.
- Sugar – OPTIONAL sweetens the cold foam.
To make a homemade cold brew:
- French Press, Large Jar, or Pitcher
- Soft Cheese Cloth or Nut Milk Bag
❄️ How to Make Homemade Cold Brew
To make cold brew coffee from scratch, use one of the following methods. You’ll need ground coffee and water. You can also use store-bought cold brew for DIY pumpkin cream cold brew.
👉 French Press: add the grinds to the French press. Slowly add in water and stir. Let it sit in the fridge or at room temperature for 12 to 16 hours. Once steeped, plunge grounds to the bottom leaving just the concentrate.
👉 Mason Jar or Pitcher: Add grounds to the jar or pitcher, slowly add water, and stir. Steep for 12 to 16 hours and then strain. To strain, place a damp cheesecloth over a metal strainer and pour the cold brew through it into a jar or pitcher.
👉 Iced Coffee Maker: There is a gadget specifically for making a cold brew and iced coffee that steeps the grounds separately, so straining isn’t necessary.
These methods will result in a strong cold brew concentrate. You can dilute the concentrate with water. How much water you use to dilute the concentrate is totally up to you.
📖 How To Make Pumpkin Cold Foam
Making homemade pumpkin cold foam may look challenging but it’s actually super easy using one of the following tools:
1️⃣ Immersion Blender
Step 1: In a large glass or jar, add skim milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and vanilla.
Step 2: Immerse blender into the liquid and blend on low speed, slowly increasing speed until soft, creamy foam forms.
2️⃣ Electric Milk Frother
Step 1: In the milk frother compartment, add skim milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and vanilla.
Step 2: Turn frother on and froth until soft, fluffy foam forms.
3️⃣ Mason Jar
Step 1: In a 16-ounce mason jar with a tight-fitting lid, add skim milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and vanilla.
Step 2: Shake vigorously until a soft, frothy foam forms (this will take about 5 to 6 minutes).
4️⃣ French Press
Step 1: In the liquid compartment, add skim milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and vanilla.
Step 2: Using the plunger lever, plunge the lever back and forth to aerate the milk until whipped foam forms.
To assemble your pumpkin cream cold brew, fill a glass with plenty of ice, add cold brew, and top with a fluffy layer of pumpkin cream cold foam. Dust with a pinch of pumpkin spice and enjoy!
- The type of milk used will affect the consistency of the cold foam. Skim milk makes the best aerated and fluffy cold foam. If you prefer a thicker, denser foam use milk with a higher fat content (whole milk, heavy cream, or half and half or a barista blend plant-based milk).
- For non-dairy pumpkin cream cold foam, we recommend using a dairy-free barista blend for the best consistency.
- The amount of foam you add to your cold brew is a matter of preference. The more you add, the thicker and frothier your drink will be.
- If you prefer the foam stirred in as a coffee creamer rather than layered on top, that’s also a great option that tastes delicious.
- Be sure to use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling (which has more ingredients than just pumpkin).
- If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, use ground cinnamon.
- If you like to add a bit of flavor to the cold brew, add a small amount of vanilla and a pinch of salt.
Making pumpkin cream cold brew from scratch gives you the opportunity to further customize your favorite fall coffee house drink. Check out the delicious variations below:
To make a vegan pumpkin cream cold brew, follow the basic recipe for vegan cold foam and add pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vegan sugar and vanilla.
Sweeten things up a bit more with a splash of brown sugar syrup.
The pumpkin cream cold foam is also fantastic added to regular iced coffee nitro and even iced teas!
♻️ How To Store Pumpkin Spice Cold Foam
We recommend making just enough cold foam as needed as it will begin to destabilize the longer it sits. To store leftovers:
- Storing: Add any leftover cold foam to an airtight container or jar in the fridge for 24 hours. You may need to whip it up the next day to incorporate any air that was lost.
- Freezing: Freezing cold foam is not recommended.
Yes, but it isn’t nearly as sweet as the pumpkin spice latte. The pumpkin cream cold brew is more coffee forward with a warming pumpkin flavor.
A tall pumpkin cream cold brew from Starbucks contains about 140 calories.
The pumpkin cream cold brew is a seasonal drink served only during the fall, but now you have the tools to make it year-round.
A grande pumpkin cream cold brew costs between $4 and $5. Making it from scratch is so much cheaper than daily Starbucks runs.
We recommend making it fresh before serving.
Yes! Dunkin Donuts also sells its own version of pumpkin cream cold brew.
More Specialty Coffee and Tea Drinks
Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
- 24 oz Cold Brew Coffee
Pumpkin Cold Foam
- 1/2 cup Milk skim, or barista blend plant based
- 2 tbsp Pumpkin Puree
- 1/8 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 tbsp Sugar OPTIONAL
Pumpkin Cold Foam (4 Ways)
1️⃣ Immersion Blender
- In a large glass or jar, add skim milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and sugar.
- Step 2: Immerse blender into the liquid and blend on low speed, slowly increasing speed until soft, creamy foam forms.
2️⃣ Electric Milk Frother
- In the milk frother compartment, add skim milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and vanilla.
- Turn frother on and froth until soft, fluffy foam forms.
3️⃣ Mason Jar
- In a 16-ounce mason jar with a tight-fitting lid, add skim milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and vanilla.
- Shake vigorously until a soft, frothy foam formss (this will take about 5 to 6 minutes).
4️⃣ French Press
- In the liquid compartment, add skim milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and vanilla.
- Using the plunger lever, plunge the lever back and forth to aerate the milk until whipped foam forms.
🎃 Assemble Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
- Pour cold brew coffee over ice.
- Top with pumpkin cold foam and leave on top or stir into the coffee.