Last year, Starbucks released a Love Bug Cold Brew that used a strawberry flavored sweet cream cold foam on top of a cold brew sweetened with vanilla. The combination was surprisingly delicious – especially since I shy away from fruit and coffee pairings usually.
So, when I recently ordered some new Monin syrups and saw their strawberry rose syrup, I immediately put it in my cart and knew what I was going to make with it.
Whipping up a batch of strawberry rose cold oam was so much easier than I thought and paired with an iced espresso sweetened just with my homemade vanilla syrup finished it perfectly.
If you’re looking for a festive, sweet, delicious Valentine’s Day treat, keep reading to get all the details.
Strawberry Cold Foam Iced Coffee Ingredients:
You only need two syrups, your espresso and milk of choice, and ice if you like it iced to make this at home. Toppings are optional, but I used Valentine’s Day heart sprinkles that are so cute. You can make this hot, too, just don’t use ice and heat the milk using a milk frother.
- Espresso Shots: I used two of my favorite Starbucks blonde roast espresso pods. Each makes one espresso shot. This set from Amazon is the best deal I’ve found. A double shot is what I put in a medium or grande size, so that’s two pods per drink. I use my Nespresso Vertuoline machine to make espresso and it makes it so easy. You can also use cold brew for this and if you do, skip the milk in the coffee and just add about 1 cup or more of cold brew to a glass.
- Monin Strawberry Rose Syrup: I recently ordered this from Monin and it’s very good. Note: you can taste the floral rose in this, so if that’s not for you, just grab a plain strawberry syrup this one.
- Vanilla Syrup: You can buy one or make one. If you make one at home, here’s my easy recipe. Making vanilla syrup is really easy and just takes three ingredients.
- Milk of Choice: Lately, I’ve been all about the Califia Farms Barista Blend Oat Milk. It froths so well and is really creamy. But, use whatever works for you here. If you don’t make a request at Starbucks, they traditionally use 2% milk. If you like the way their coffees taste, you can use that as your milk. I’ve also used protein milks, such as Ripple, and those add a little healthy kick.
- Ice: Yaaaaasss. Ice, ice, baby. I do not brew the coffee over ice, because it melts it and waters it down too much. I brew my espresso into an espresso cup, so that it cools a bit before adding it to the sauces to melt them. By the time you are adding the ice, it’s cooled enough where it won’t melt the ice as quickly.
Tools For Making Your Coffee:
Here’s the tools I used in my video to make this and many of my coffees! I buy all of these with my own money and only share what I really use. These are affiliate links, which means at no cost to you, I may receive a commission if you shop through my links. Cheers!
- Nespresso Vertuoline Machine
- Nespresso Starbucks Blonde Roast Pods
- Milk Frother
- Milk Frother small pitcher
- Shot glass for espresso
- 16oz. glasses
- Valentine’s Day sprinkles
Put Your Strawberry Cold Foam Iced Coffee Togther:
Now that you’ve got all of your ingredients, let’s put your new favorite drink together!
- Start by brewing two shots of espresso and set it aside to cool. Or use cold brew, about a cup.
- Add ice to a glass.
- Add 2 tbsp. vanilla syrup (more or less based on sweetness preference)
- Add 3/4 milk of choice (more or less to adjust the strength of the coffee flavor). Don’t add milk if you’re using cold brew coffee.
In a separate glass or milk pitcher, make the cold foam:
- Add 4tbsp. heavy cream
- Add 2tbsp. milk of choice
- Add 1-2tbsp. strawberry syrup based on how concentrated the syrup is.
- Froth with a hand frother until soft set.
- Pour this over the top of your coffee.
- Add sprinkles.
Do you like making seasonal drinks like this? Of course, if you love it, you could make it year-round, too. Peet’s Coffee used to make a raspberry mocha and that is still my favorite drink they’ve ever had on their menu. RIP to the raspberry mocha. Of course, I could easily make it at home now, so stay tuned, because it might be coming up next!
More Starbucks Copycat Drink Recipes:
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- Dutch Bros copycat recipes – Golden Eagle, Iced Mocha, Caramelizer
- The easy way to get vanilla sweet cream cold foam right EVERY TIME
- Simple syrup recipes with just a few ingredients you can make at home, with less chemicals and added ingredients, for even more delicious coffees
- The best Nespresso espresso pods to buy
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I hope you found a coffee recipe you love today.