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Irish Cream Cold Brew


posted: 03/15/22

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Irish Cream Cold Brew is your favorite coffee house drink, made easily at home. Delicious Irish cream syrup combines with cold brew coffee and vanilla cold foam to make the perfect drink.

close up of an Irish cream cold brew topped with cream and garnished with coco powder

I love a good Starbucks drink as much as the next girl, but sometimes it pays off just to make that drink at home. This delicious Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew is like that – so easy to make at home. Save some money, and make this any time your heart desires right in your own kitchen.

How to Make Irish Cream Cold Brew

  1. Make cold brew coffee. This is very easy to do. Read more on this below.
  2. Make Irish cream syrup. With just a few easy ingredients you can make this amazing syrup and keep it on hand for any time a craving strikes.
  3. Make vanilla cold foam. Made just from heavy cream, vanilla, and a dash of sugar, this is the perfect cold brew topping.
  4. Put it all together.
pouring cold brew coffee over ice in a tall tumbler

Making Cold Brew Coffee

Cold Brew Coffee is just the combination of cold water and coffee grounds that steep for 24 hours. While normal coffee involves hot water being poured over grounds, in cold brew the length of time it steeps allows for a perfect cold coffee.

After steeping for 24 hours, use a cheese cloth to strain the coffee grounds. Then the coffee is ready to be combined with syrups and foam, like we are doing here. If you want a step by step tutorial on making cold brew, you can find that here: Cold Brew Coffee.

pouring Irish cream syrup into cold brew coffee

Irish Cream Syrup

Like any simple syrup, Irish Cream Syrup starts with water and sugar. After boiling water and sugar together, we add in vanilla extract, almond extract, and coconut extract that make it the perfect flavor. The final taste is very similar to Bailey’s Irish Cream, but without the alcohol.

If you want to skip making it at home, you can also buy it.

pouring cold foam over cold brew coffee

Making Cold Foam for Cold Brew Coffee

The cold foam that goes on top of cold brew drinks is easy to make. If you start to put it on every coffee drink you make at home, you will get no judgement from me.

Simply whisk heavy cream in a cold bowl with a cold whisk. Whisk in vanilla and a little sugar, and as soon as it begins to stiffen up, it is ready for your drink.

Storing Leftovers of Irish Cream Cold Brew

You don’t want to combine the three ingredients to this drink until you are ready to drink it. But each one has a different shelf life.

  • Cold Brew Coffee can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 days. While it can last up to 2 weeks, the taste will go downhill after day three.
  • Irish Cream Syrup can last in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • Cold Foam should be made right before it is used.


Is cold brew coffee stronger?

No, if you compare hot coffee and cold brew side by side by using the same bean to water ratio, hot coffee is stronger. That being said, you can certainly make cold brew stronger but upping the coffee to water ratio.

How long does cold brew last?

Cold Brew is best when consumed in the first 1 to 3 days after making it. It will last for up to 2 weeks, but the flavor is best in those first 1 to 3 days.

Does Irish Cream Cold Brew have alcohol?

No, it does not. While it has similar flavors to Irish Cream (which is made with whiskey), the syrup that flavors this great drink is alcohol free.

Starbucks Irish cream cold brew copy cat in a tall glass with foam, cocoa powder and a metal straw

Other Irish Cream Recipes

If you love the flavor of Irish cream, you definitely need to try some of the following recipes. (Please keep in mind that while this drink is alcohol free, the following recipes are not.)

If you make this Irish Cream Cold Brew recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Starbucks Irish cream cold brew copy cat in a tall glass with foam, cocoa powder and a metal straw
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Irish Cream Cold Brew

Serves: 4 servings
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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 1 day 10 minutes
Irish Cream Cold Brew is your favorite coffee house drink, made easily at home. Delicious Irish cream syrup combines with cold brew coffee and vanilla cold foam to make the perfect drink.


Cold Brew Coffee

  • 1/2 cup ground coffee
  • 4 cups water

Irish Cream Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract

Irish Cream Cold Foam

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Cold Brew Coffee

  • Combine the ground coffee and the water in a mason jar.
  • Let the coffee steep in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  • Strain the coffee using a cheese cloth and a wire mesh strainer.

Irish Cream Syrup

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and the water. Whisk until fully combined. Bring it to a simmer and let it cook over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract, almond extract, cocoa powder, and coconut extract.

Irish Cold Foam

  • In a cold bowl with a cold metal whisk the heavy cream until it just begins to stiffen. Whisk in the vanilla and the sugar.

Irish Cream Cold Brew

  • Fill a 12 ounce glass with ice. Add in 6 ounces cold brew coffee and 1 tablespoon of Irish Cream Syrup. Top with the Irish Cold Foam. Garnish with cocoa powder.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Starbucks Irish cream cold brew copy cat in a tall glass with foam, cocoa powder and a metal straw

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  1. Ruth says

    Cold brew also has less than half the acid of regular brewed coffee so it is great for those of us who need to avoid excess acid in our diets! Irish Cream isn’t my favorite flavor, but I will look around at some of your other recipes!

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