Back when I started this blog, I started with a simple post with my 5 favorite iced coffees at Dutch Bros. To this day, that post continues to be the most popular post. While I stand by the recommendations in that post, I’ve fallen in love with a lot more coffees since then and thought it would be fun to combine all of my favorite iced coffee and cold brew based drinks at Dutch Bros into one super post.
If you’re anything like me, you drink iced coffee pretty much year-round and will drink iced coffee and cold brew interchangeably. I support this. They are actually different, though, and you can usually substitute these in any Dutch Bros drink if you do have a preference. You can always ask them to use cold brew or even their canned nitro cold brew in a drink instead of iced coffee and vice versa.
Before we dive into the best iced coffees at Dutch Bros, let’s talk about the difference in how Dutch Bros makes their iced coffee vs. cold brew based drinks:
Dutch Bros: Iced Coffee vs. Cold Brew
Iced coffee is brewed coffee that is then iced or refrigerated until cold. Dutch Bros doesn’t actually make brewed coffee, though, so they use espresso shots in their iced coffee diluted with water (aka an Americano) or with the milk of choice used.
Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee beans in cold water for a longer period of time, such as 12-24 hours. It makes a less acidic, smoother coffee that is my personal favorite.
Nitro cold brew coffee is infused with nitrogen, which makes it even more smooth and less acidic, but also significantly higher in caffeine. One can of their nitro cold brew has 293 mg. of caffeine. Spoiler alert: this is more (almost double) the caffeine of iced coffee, which has around 100 mg per 8 oz.
I typically take whatever coffee is in the drink already, except for nitro cold brew, which I swap out for regular cold brew. This is just my personal preference.
15 Best Dutch Bros Iced Coffee Drinks:
Here are my favorite iced coffee based drinks at Dutch Bros. Most people that love Dutch Bros prefer drinks on the sweeter side, so if you are someone who likes to drink coffee black, most of these may be too much for you and you may want to request half of the syrups used for a stronger coffee flavor and less sweeteners. Or, just get a cold brew with a splash of heavy cream and you’ll have a super keto-friendly, low-sugar, low-calorie Dutch Bros drink.
1. Campout Cold Brew with Soft Top:
Let’s start out with a bang. This delicious beverage that tastes almost like a toasted marshmallow drenched in an iced mocha. It’s essentially a s’more in a cup. The soft top is like a melted marshmallow infused cold foam. It’s delicious. Trust me on this: always get the soft top. Read more about the Campout Cold Brew here.
2. Golden Eagle:
One of the best coffee drinks made anywhere. This vanilla, caramel, creamy coffee is smooth, sweet and super delicious.
They use their breve milk, a mixture of milk and half ‘n half, which makes this a super creamy delight you won’t be able to stop drinking. Of course, you can customize your milk and even ask for sugar-free syrups to make this drink your own. Read more about the Golden Eagle here.
3. Annihilator with Soft Top:
I love the annihilator iced coffee. They use a lighter roast for a really smooth iced coffee flavor and add in chocolate macadamia nut syrup for a combo that is unique and delicious.
The soft top is a little extra, but totes worth it. Get the soft top.
This DB classic is a caramel mocha. The Dutch Bros. mochas are made with chocolate milk, which is just friggin brilliant and gives their mochas a smoother, softer flavor that is really consistent. If you’ve ever gotten a mocha at a coffeehouse that was a little too little or too much on the added chocolate – you get my point here.
The caramel mocha also adds caramel for a blend that has a little bit of a Milky Way flavor to it. You can add whip or a soft top to this one, too, for a drink you’ll go back for again and again. Read more about the Caramelizer here.
5. Dutch Bros Cookies & Creme Breve – Secret Menu Drink:
The Cookes & Cream Breve uses a white coffee espresso base with their breve milk (similar to half ‘n half), white chocolate syrup, and chocolate drizzle on the cup. The combo really does taste like…cookies and cream. I did find that I needed to stir this one up to mix the flavors, otherwise I was getting a lot of cream at once, but once I stirred it, the flavor profile was absolutely delicious.
If you like Oreo cookies or cookies and cream ice cream, this is a match made in heaven for you. Read more about this drink in this post.
10. Iced Snickerdoodle Breve:
Also popular in the frost, the Snickerdoodle combines espresso with cinnamon and two syrups: chocolate macadamia nut and white chocolate with cinnamon sprinkles on top. If you love cinnamon, it’s a don’t miss.
5 Best Cold Brew Coffee Drinks at Dutch Bros:
1. Cookie Dough Cold Brew with Soft Top:
One of the newest drinks at DB and well worth sitting in line for. They use the chocolate chip cookie dough syrup that I immediately bought after trying this, mixed with their house chocolate milk, coffee, ice, and topped with soft top and cookie crumbles.
If you love cookie dough, get thee to Dutch Bros or read the whole post about this drink.
2. White Chocolate Lavender Cold Brew:
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? Read more about this drink here.
3. 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.
4. Orange Groove Cold Brew with Soft Top:
This is a seasonal drink, but it’s very good. 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.
5. Raspberry Kicker Cold Brew – Custom Drink:
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 breve or soft top to this one, too, which I find really brings out the raspberry flavor in a delicious way.
5 Ways to Customize Your Coffee 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.
- Texture: 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!
5 Ways To Make Your Dutch Bros Drink Sweeter:
I get asked a lot about sweet coffee drinks and you can up the sweetness and calories in any of these drinks by doing the following:
- Add more of the syrups in the drinks
- Adding breve in place of milk, which has a creamier texture and brings out the sweet flavors
- Adding soft top (their version of cold foam, which is like a heavy cream/marshmallow cream texture and flavor – it’s AMAZING)
- Adding whip (wouldn’t add on top of soft top – would pick one)
- Adding drizzle to the cup and top
I hope this inspires you to try something new at Dutch Bros. Remember that their broistas are super friendly and helpful if you have any questions or need to make substitutions. Plus, they’re well versed on the secret menu drinks as well and you can customize any drink however you want (just know there is often a fee associated with those changes).
If you try one of these drinks, share it out on Instagram and tag me at whatthefrothblog.