Okay, I’m about to blow your mind right now – you ready? Dutch Bros doesn’t actually have iced coffee. So, if you’re getting an iced coffee drink, it’s either being made with iced espresso (aka Americano) or they’re using their Dutch Bros cold brew concentrate.
This is different from places like Starbucks that brew and then chill coffee to use in iced coffee drinks as well as offers Americano and cold brew coffee.
But, similar to Starbucks, if you want cold brew coffee to be used in your drink instead of something else – you’ll need to ask for it, unless “cold brew” is in the title of the drink.
Did you know that? I didn’t – and I thought it was really interesting!
What’s the difference between Dutch Bros Iced Coffee and Cold Brew?
There is a slight taste difference between Dutch Bros iced coffee drinks made with espresso vs. their cold brew coffee.
The cold brew has a softer, less acidic taste that really takes on whatever syrups and milks are added in. The iced espresso drinks are going to have more coffee flavor, because it’s diluted espresso shots.
They also have a canned nitro cold brew that you can ask for, too. The nitro cold brew is even smoother than cold brew and has a foam on top right out of the can. It’s absolutely delicious and can be used instead of cold brew coffee or espresso in any drink. Read more about the Dutch Bros nitro cold brew here.
Or, to make your life even easier, try one of these 8 delicious cold brew coffee drinks next time you’re driving through Dutch Bros. I bet you’ll love them all!
9 Best Cold Brew Coffee Drinks at Dutch Bros:
1. Orange Groove Cold Brew with Soft Top:
This has been my go to lately and it’s what I am drinking right now while I write this! I usually do not like fruit flavors mixed with my coffee (or my chocolate, for that matter), so if that’s you, too, maybe give this a try. The orange is so subtle and really just gives the whole thing a light, refreshing vibe.
The black sugar also doesn’t make a very noticeable impact on the flavor, but plays very nicely with all of the ingredients.
The soft top is a must-have here, because it infuses each sip with some sweetness and creaminess. The soft top at Dutch Bros is a miraculous concoction that tastes like sweet cold foam mixed with marshmallow cream and it sits on top of the coffee without getting runny or blending in too much, which means each sip is just as perfect as the one before.
2. Campout Cold Brew:
Ahhh, the one I order when I need something chocolatey in my life. The campout cold brew uses chocolate milk and cold brew coffee as the base. If you like a dairy-free milk, they’ll add chocolate to it to replace the chocolate milk. I do think it tastes slightly creamier with their pre-made chocolate milk, but being dairy-free, certain sacrifices must be made and I think it tastes delish with oatmilk, too.
Then, they add their toasted ‘mellow flavor and finish it off with their signature soft top and a chocolate drizzle. You do have to request the soft top, usually, but it’s well worth it. It’s a delicious concoction that is like a melted marshmallow and cold foam combined into something magical. Now that I think about it, it’s like drinking a s’more – which is a nod to what you would be snacking on if you were to camp outside….wow.
Honestly, this is one of the most brilliant coffee creations we’ve had yet. Have you tried it?
If you’re interested, you can read my entire post dedicated to the Campout Bold Brew here.
3. Caramelizer Cold Brew:
This is another great chocolate cold brew drink, but has caramel in it, for a bit of a Milky Way vibe. Really delicious.
While I’ve had their Caramelizer before, I’d never had it with their cold brew and as a big fan of Twix and the chocolate/caramel pairing, it sounded like the perfect treat for an overcast day.
The base of the drink is the Dutch Bros cold brew, then it is mixed with their exclusive chocolate milk, caramel sauce and your choice of topping – which should be the soft top, friends.
It has a really nice, smooth taste that is not as chocolatey as a mocha and is not as caramelly as a Golden Eagle. It’s a more subtle, well-balanced mocha, in my opinion. It’s not overpoweringly sweet, either, which might be a good balance for people who feel like a lot of coffee drinks are too sweet nowadays.
It was such a refreshing drink that I decided to write a whole post about it, so if you’re looking for a new drink to try at Dutch Bros – the Caramelizer Cold Brew might be for you.
4. Annihilator Cold Brew with Soft Top:
The Annihilator is a fan favorite drink at Dutch and I think it’s even better when paired with cold brew coffee.This delightful concoction is made with their chocolate macadamia nut syrup – which is like NO OTHER and SO FREAKING GOOD – and mixed with their smooth cold brew coffee and breve milk (which is their in-house mixed half ‘n half – delightful!).
You can order it with any type of milk, including oatmilk, and it’ll make it a little less creamy and a bit more coffee-y. Is that a word? It’s a word now!
Regardless, the Annihilator has a bit of a chocolatey, slightly nutty flavor, mixed with cream and sweetness. Plus, if you get the soft top, you just take it next level.
5. White Chocolate Lavender Cold Brew:
I really need to get a picture of this one before I drink it, because it’s so good. If you like lavender infused anything, this is the drink for you.
This one takes white chocolate sauce, lavender syrup, cold brew, ice and your choice of milk and puts it all together in one happy cup of deliciousness. It’s definitely going to be something different from your usual, too, which can sometimes be exactly what you need, right?
6. Iced Vanilla Cold Brew with Soft Top:
Are you a classic vanilla latte person? Go with what you love and get it cold brew style with a soft top and be your best self.
This drink has the cold brew base with vanilla syrup, ice, and the sweet, sweet soft top. Not overly fussy, packed full of different flavors, and the coffee shines through.
Sometimes you just need a classic to get you through the afternoon slump. This drink is going to be the most similar to the Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew – which I also have a copycat recipe you can make at home.
7. White Chocolate Mocha Cold Brew:
The White Chocolate Mocha Cold Brew is a delicious chocolate drink that mixes white and chocolate milk syrups with cold brew coffee.
This is a cold brew coffee take on the classic tuxedo drink. I don’t know about you, but the Tuxedo is a long-standing favorite of mine, because the white and milk chocolate pair so nicely together. In the Dutch Bros version, they use their chocolate milk, plus cold brew coffee, and add white chocolate syrup.
The perfect drink for the person who wants some sweetness without any odd flavors or too much chocolate. I do recommend adding some breve or cream to it to give it a bit more of a creamy texture. Without it, it’s very much like a lightly flavored iced coffee. Or, you can get the soft top and that will also give it a bit more creaminess.
8. Raspberry Kicker Cold Brew:
Okay, so I heard about this drink from someone at a playground, I’m not even kidding you. We were chatting while the kids played and I had my DB drink (of course). They said their favorite was a Kicker with raspberry syrup.
What? Are you kidding me? Delicious! If you haven’t had the Kicker, it’s the Irish Cream syrup mixed with cold brew and milk. Very good. Definitely the perfect drink for Irish Cream lovers.
But, add raspberry? You’re either going to love it or hate it, friends, but I’m going to guess you might love it. I find it tones down the Irish Cream flavor, which isn’t my personal fave, and both syrups compliment each other nicely. Not sure you’re ready for it? Try adding raspberry syrup to a white mocha first. Baby steps.
Just a heads up, this is not an actual drink on the menu or even the secret menu, but the Kicker is, so just order a cold brew Kicker and add raspberry syrup. You can add some cream to this one, too, which I find really brings out the raspberry flavor in a delicious way.
Customization Options at Dutch Bros:
Dutch Bros makes each drink to order and they are super accommodating to customizations. Here are some of the ways you can make each drink your own:
- Choice of milk: Dutch Bros has lots of milk options, including oatmilk, soy milk, almond milk, etc. If your drink has chocolate milk in it and you swap the milk, they’ll use your milk of choice and add chocolate to it. I find that this changes the flavors of their chocolate drinks more than the other drinks, because each barista is going to add that chocolate differently. So, if possible, order chocolate based drinks with their chocolate milk.
- Syrups: Add or take away syrups or ask for sugar-free. Dutch Bros has the largest collection of sugar-free syrups I’ve seen. For more info on the keto and sugar-free options at Dutch Bros, read this post.
- Toppings: you can add soft top, whip, and/or drizzle (syrup) on top. Go for it. Just remember to factor that in to your nutritional facts if you care about that sort of thing.
- Size: You have three choices: small, medium and large.
- Temperature: If using cold brew, you have two options: iced or blended.
Dutch Bros is really exceptional in their willingness to make that coffee just how you like it, so don’t be shy. But, also know that customizations can come at a price. Oatmilk is extra and so is the soft top, etc., so don’t be surprised if those changes add up to an $8.00 coffee drink. Ouch!
MORE DUTCH BROS DRINK IDEAS:
Looking for even more DB drinks to try? Here are some of our other recommendations:
- Top 5 Dutch Bros Iced Coffees
- 10 Dutch Bros Secret Menu Items to Try
- The Dutch Bros Secret Menu Drink You’ll Love
- 5 Best Dutch Bros Rebel Flavors
Did you find the next Dutch Bros cold brew drink you want to try? Hope you love it!