I recently shared a copycat recipe for the popular Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, but after nailing the recipe with Starbucks, I decided to make it with Nespresso iced coffee pods, too, and this beautiful drink was born.
I love how easy my Nespresso Vertuo makes it to get fresh coffee fast. Plus, with both iced and regular pods, I can customize my drink to exactly what I’m craving.
If you’re looking for a new Nespresso iced coffee recipe to make STAT, let me show you how easy and delicious this one is!
Nespresso Iced Coffee with Vanilla Sweet Cream Ingredients:
Starbucks has perfected the vanilla sweet cream. You won’t believe how easy it is to make at home, especially if you’re using your Nespresso iced coffee.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Nespresso machine (here are the 9 best machines ranked)
- Nespresso iced coffee pods or pod of your choice (go here to read my post with the best Nespresso Vertuo coffee and espresso pods)
- Milk of choice, we used heavy cream
- Vanilla simple syrup (you can make your own easily too)
*We bought our Nespresso and pods with our own money. Affiliate links are used in this post, though, which means at no cost to you, we’ll also receive a commission if you purchase through our links. Win win!
Now, you’re going to start by making the sweet cream:
How To Make STARBUCKS VANILLA SWEET CREAM:
The vanilla sweet cream is made with a mix of heavy cream and vanilla simple syrup. A sweet barista told me it’s a 50/50 ratio, but personally, I like a little bit less syrup in mine and it’s still delicious. If you’re health conscious, this is one easy way to reduce carbs and sugars, while still loving life.
Of course, you can use any milk of choice here and it’ll just alter the creaminess/taste a bit. A small price to pay if you’re dairy intolerant or just a big fan of your homemade milk of choice. To each their own.
If you don’t have vanilla simple syrup, I bet you have the ingredients on hand to make a fresh batch and it only takes 5 minutes:
How To Make EASY HOMEMADE VANILLA SIMPLE SYRUP:
We’re also purists when it comes to our syrups. We’ve ventured into making our own, because they only need a few ingredients, taste better and have less chemicals/fillers than store bought varieties. We’re talking 3 ingredients and 5-10 minutes. It’s a no-brainer.
You only need three ingredients to make this syrup! Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup sugar – we used this organic sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract- we love this one
Then, just star occasionally until the sugar is fully dissolved and it’s gently simmering.
Remove from heat and let it cool a bit before putting it in the bottle. Use a bottle that seals. We bought a set of these glass bottles with chalkboard stickers, but you could use any kind of container with a seal to keep it fresh.
This will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks, but honestly, it won’t last that long!
Read more about this recipe in this post.
Make Your Nespresso Iced Coffee with Vanilla Sweet Cream:
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It’s time to put it together. It’ll only take a minute. Here you go:
- Mix choice of milk with vanilla syrup. We used 1 tablespoon to 1/4 heavy cream. You could do less heavy cream and more syrup, etc. I think I would use less cream next time, maybe 2-3 tbsp cream to 1 tbsp vanilla.
- Brew your Nespresso iced coffee pods over ice
- Add 1-2 tbsp vanilla syrup to your coffee to sweeten (or not, if you like it less sweet)
- Pour cream mixture on top
- Add straw, lightly mix, etc.
That’s all, folks. So easy.
Nespresso Iced Coffee Pods:
It’s totally genius that Nespresso decided to come out with a line of iced coffee specific pods. We all know how frustrating it is to make iced coffee only to add some creamer or flavoring and have it taste like watered down bean water. #nothanks
Iced coffee does need to start with a more concentrated base if you’re adding anything to it, even ice, although one hack for the ice – especially if you’re making it at home – is to create coffee ice cubes. Just pour iced coffee into them. Use silicone trays and they pop right out.
I know, I know. #you’rewelcome
Anyway, as soon as I saw the Nespresso iced coffee pods for the Vertuoline machine, I clicked #addtocart. They come in two varieties: Ice Forte and Ice Leggero.
For this recipe, I used two of the Iced Leggero pods and it’s strong, but you can add more creamer to dilute it a bit or you can just use one (but that’s less coffee, so…).
Basically, make it your own.
More Nespresso Recipes:
Did you find your new favorite Nespresso recipe yet? Maybe it’s in one of these posts:
- 13 Nespresso Iced Coffee Recipes
- 7 Hot Nespresso Recipes
- Iced Nespresso Caramel Macchiato (Starbucks copycat recipe)