A few weeks ago, I visited a local coffeeshop that had released a new drink – the Capital Cold Brew Soda. Coffee? Soda? Together? I wasn’t so sure, but Temple rarely disappoints, so I was willing to give it a shot.
Turns out, coffee soda is a brilliant idea – especially when infused with vanilla syrup and topped with a sweet cream cold foam. Then, my friends, it’s a must-have drink for summer.
So, since I can’t always make my way to Temple, I tried to make it myself – at home – and it was surprisingly easy. Just a few ingredients and voila! Coffee cream soda whenever my heart desires. Sure, I may not be offered a barista job at Temple anytime soon, but at least I can fulfill the craving when I can’t make it to one of their locations.
Today, I’m sharing all the deets on how to make this delicious drink for yourself. And, just so you know, this is super easy and almost foolproof. In fact, I made a little video for you to show you how easy it is:
How To Make the Vanilla Coffee Cream Soda:
I don’t even measure most of these ingredients, because it’s pretty easy to just eyeball it. But, if you’re a person who likes a little bit more of a recipe, I’ve got some simple measurements to get you started. Just feel free to make it your own and mix it up a little. I think this could be brilliant with a honey syrup if you don’t like vanilla – or even a cinnamon syrup, too. Basically, any coffee flavor you like could be used for this.
Let’s break down what you’ll need:
- Iced or cold brew coffee (what’s the difference? Read this post.)
- Soda water
- Vanilla syrup – homemade or storebought
- Heavy whipping cream
As far as tools – the only thing you need is a cold milk frother of some kind. I use this one, but I wrote a post with milk frothers in all price points, starting as low as $20. I have the $20 one, too, but definitely prefer to be hands-free with frothing. I froth an embarrassing amount of milk around here, so it’s a worthwhile investment for me. Since all my links above are from Target, you could add this one to your cart, which looks super easy to use and has great reviews. Then, just pick up the whole order curbside and get ready to whip up this dreamy beverage.
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Assemble Your Drink:
- Start with a cup of ice. My beer can glasses are perfect for coffee drinks, because the lip on top holds the cream in place. I love these glasses and they are 16oz. each.
- Pour 1-2tbsp of vanilla syrup in the bottom.
- Pour about a cup of iced coffee/cold brew at the bottom (if you’re cooling hot coffee, cool it before using, otherwise you’ll melt all your ice with it and it’ll be really watered down.) To read our cold brew coffee taste test, check out this post.
- Add about 1/2 cup of soda water.
- Froth 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream with 1tbsp or so of vanilla syrup. Less if you want it less sweet.
- Once frothed, pour over the top of your soda.
- Drink! Muy delicioso!
Your Questions Answered:
Can I use hot coffee?
I wouldn’t – because it’ll melt the ice cubes and then water it down. If you only have hot coffee, brew it and let it refrigerate over night before making this drink.
Do I need soda water?
Any flavorless carbonated water will work – whether that is tonic water or some other kind. All you need is unflavored water with bubbles. You could probably even use a vanilla club soda and not add the vanilla syrup. If you have a soda stream and can make just carbonated water, that would work, too.
Can I use a different milk?
The heavy whipping cream is by far the easiest to froth to get that perfect consistency, but you can (and I have) use other types of milk, such as almond milk and oatmilk. This will change the flavor of the milk (obviously), but you’re probably used to that if you’re using an alternative milk.
Can this be sugar-free?
If you use a sugar-free syrup, then yes, you can make this totally sugar-free.
Can this be keto?
Yes, if you use no sugar or sugar-free syrup and heavy whipping cream, this will be a great keto drink! You could even sweeten with a sugar alternative, so long as it is liquified to create a syrup.
Can I make a large batch?
I have only tested this one glass at a time – mostly because my frother will only froth a certain amount of milk at a time. I think if you pre-made this, it would go flat like a soda that is left out too long. I don’t think that would taste very good. You can make a large batch of cold brew, though, and then put these together pretty quickly.
More Coffee Recipes:
- Make this delicious mocha in less than 5 minutes
- Nespresso Iced Coffee with Vanilla Sweet Cream Recipe
- Easy brown sugar shaken espresso – like Starbucks
- Delicious sweet cinnamon iced coffee recipe
More coming soon!
Thanks for being here. I hope you’ll make this vanilla coffee cream soda soon and let me know what you think!