Pumpkin Cold Brew with Sweet Cream

by Erin @ Food Doodles on August 29, 2021

This pumpkin cold brew with sweet cream is a delicious blend of 6-ingredients that is slightly sweet, with a smooth finish. And the best thing is you can make it at home. It’s super easy and more affordable than your trip to Starbucks. If you love pumpkin spice treats, this drink is for you.

Cold brew is coffee that is steeped with cold water or at room temperature over a long period instead of quickly brewing with hot water. It is less acidic and less bitter which makes it easier on the stomach. This drink has a special touch with pumpkin puree and spice that makes it an extra special treat.

The pumpkin foam is milk and cream frothed extra smoothly. Brown sugar adds sweetness and a delicious flavor. Pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice turn this drink into an ideal autumnal treat.

hand holding cup of pumpkin coffee

Ingredients

  • Whole milk – you need full-fat milk to make sure it froths properly. 
  • Heavy cream – it needs to be heavy cream and not whipping cream or half-and-half. Again, it won’t froth properly otherwise!
  • Brown sugar – I haven’t tried this but I think coconut sugar would work.
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Cold brew coffee (instructions are listed below)

ingredients for pumpkin cold brew

How to make pumpkin foam

Pumpkin foam on cold-brewed coffee is an amazing fall drink! It’s easy to make and tastes superb. 

  1. Make the base by adding the heavy cream and milk with brown sugar.
  2. Add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Froth for about 30 seconds or until you achieve your desired thickness. If you don’t have a frother, then blend it. That’s it!

To serve, fill a glass with ice, add the cold brew, and spoon on the pumpkin foam. Enjoy immediately.

In 5 minutes, you can be sipping down this luxurious treat.

Recipe note: If you make your own cold brew, it will yield 3 cups. The pumpkin sweet cream makes 1 serving so if you’re sharing with a friend, be sure to double the recipe.

Equipment Note

I used a Bodum Electric Milk Frother.

But of course, any kind should work. If you don’t have one, keep reading!

cold brew being poured into cup

What if I don’t have a milk frother?

You can make the sweet cream in a blender or in a mason jar. But beware, using the mason jar requires a lot of arm strength, but then again, it makes a great excuse to exercise a bit. 😉

How to make a cold brew

Making smooth cold brew coffee at home is extremely easy and more affordable than buying it at a coffeehouse, not to mention avoiding long lines. So let’s get to it.

Add 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee to 3 cups of water into a container like a mason jar, put the lid on, and let it sit overnight. In the morning, stir and strain the contents with a fine-mesh sieve and you’re ready to top with pumpkin foam and serve.

If you don’t have a sieve but have a paper coffee filter, just pour the steeped coffee into the paper filter, and let the liquid drain into another container. Easy, right!?

pumpkin foam being poured into coffee

How to make cold brew in a French press

If you have a French press, perfect! It’s less hassle and makes a great cold brew.

Add the coarsely ground coffee to the press, add cold water, stir and put the lid on it. Let it steep overnight at room temperature.

Then, as you would with a hot cup of French press coffee, stir and add the filter top and press down gently. No sieve is needed unless you want to do an extra filter.

How to make nitro cold brew with sweet cream

For the best pumpkin cold brew ever, break out the whipped cream dispenser for a nitro cold brew with pumpkin sweet cream. I mean, can it get better than that?!

Just prepare the cold brew and add it to the whipped cream dispenser, load it with a nitrogen cartridge, pour the coffee into the dispenser, seal it and shake for half a minute.

Get out your glass, discharge the coffee directly into the glass over ice and top with pumpkin cream.

spoon stirring pumpkin cold brew

Tips:

  • You can steep coffee from 12 hours to 24 hours, it’s up to you. I have a hard time resisting it, so I prefer to make it at night. And in the morning make my pumpkin cream, and wake up to a happy morning.
  • The more air the coffee is exposed to, the less flavor you’ll have. So if you want a robust coffee taste, cold brew your coffee with as little air as possible. Using a mason jar with a tight lid works well to encapsulate the flavors.
  • If you have a wine pump, then, by all means, store the cold-brewed coffee in a wine bottle and pump out the air. This ensures rich flavors no matter how long it takes you to drink it.
  • If you filtered it once, but there are still bits of coffee grounds left, go ahead and filter again.
  • Filtered water is the way to go.

How to store cold brew

Again, the more air in the container with the cold-brewed coffee, the less flavor you will have. Just fill the coffee in a smaller container with an airtight lid and store it in the fridge.

If you’re in a rush in the morning, just pour yourself a cup and be on your way. You can even heat the coffee if you prefer, just pop it in the microwave a bit.

As for the cream, it’s best to make it as you go, but it’s so easy and only takes 5 minutes to get the best pumpkin flavor for your commute.

cup of pumpkin cold brew

Other pumpkin recipes

I love this pumpkin spice drink and I think you will too. If you’re looking for other pumpkin treats, I’ve got plenty of good ones:

Other great drinks to try: Pineapple Matcha Starbucks Copycat, Chocolate Banana Protein Shake, Healthy Date Shake, Healthy Eggnog or Simply Spiced Hot Apple Cider.

If you make this Pumpkin Cold Brew, be sure to let me know what you think. I would love to see pics. just tag 📸 and follow #fooddoodlesrecipes so that I can easily find them.

5 from 3 votes
cup on coaster with pumpkin cold brew
Pumpkin Cold Brew with Sweet Cream
Prep Time
5 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin cold brew
Servings: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) whole milk
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup (240 ml) cold brew
Instructions
To make cold brew coffee:
  1. Add 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee to 3 cups of water into a container like a mason jar, put the lid on, and let it sit overnight. In the morning, stir and strain the contents with a fine-mesh sieve and you’re ready to top with pumpkin foam and serve.
  2. If you don’t have a sieve but have a paper coffee filter, just pour the steeped coffee into the paper filter, and let the liquid drain into another container.
To make pumpkin sweet cream:
  1. To a frother, add the heavy cream and milk with brown sugar. Add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice.

  2. Froth for about 30 seconds or until you achieve your desired thickness. If you don’t have a frother, then blend it.

  3. To serve, fill a glass with ice, add the cold brew, and spoon on the pumpkin foam. Enjoy immediately.

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1 Autumn Broke September 14, 2021 at 21:27

I have yet to try this but I am seeing it all over the place. This looks wonderful. Thank you for the instructions.

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2 Amy September 6, 2021 at 05:46

This really hit the spot and is my new favorite fall drink. Thank you for your detailed instructions!

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3 Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer September 5, 2021 at 22:23

WOW this looks fantastic! I’m not a coffee drinker but this could definitely convert me! I’m loving the flavor combinations!

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4 Ramona September 5, 2021 at 22:07

This pumpkin cold brew is the perfect fall drink and I can’t wait to make this! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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5 Chenée September 5, 2021 at 05:54

This sounds so yummy and sp perfect for fall!

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6 Liz September 4, 2021 at 21:02

Oh my, this drink looks perfect for fall!

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7 silvia September 4, 2021 at 15:58

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love the pumpkin cold brew but it can add up if I buy it often at a coffee shop. Now I can make it at home.

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8 Amy Liu Dong September 4, 2021 at 14:07

That looks like a good drink for me to try.
I will def make this for my siblings this weekend. Delicious!

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9 Kayla DiMaggio September 1, 2021 at 18:30

Love the idea of this pumpkin cold brew! It was so delicious!

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10 Kathryn September 1, 2021 at 18:12

This is my favorite fall beverage and I’m so glad I tried and found your delicious homemade recipe! I’ll be making this many times this season 🙂 thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

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11 Leslie Sawmiller September 1, 2021 at 14:51

This is the BEST drink for any pumpkin lover! That sweet cream is my favorite as well!

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12 Amanda Dixon August 31, 2021 at 00:36

I love that this cold brew uses real pumpkin! It adds such a nice creaminess, and it will be nice to have a recipe I can make right at home.

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