As summer slowly fades to fall, you may be looking for a new drink to celebrate the in-between season. And although autumn has its share of chilly days, sweltering heat in the switch between the seasons is also typical.
You, therefore, need a drink celebrating all the flavors of fall but without the added heat of a hot drink.
And a drink like the honey almond milk cold brew fits the bill perfectly!
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What is the honey almond milk cold brew?
Although not currently on the menu, the honey almond milk cold brew was first created by Starbucks.
The drink is based on cold brew rather than espresso. And it’s sweetened with their version of a honey blend and a splash of almond milk.
What does a honey almond milk cold brew taste like?
This drink is not overly sweet. It strikes the right balance between the bold coffee flavor of the cold brew and the mild sweetness of the honey.
And the almond milk adds a hint of velvety smoothness to this harmonious drink.
The result is a creamy, nutty beverage with just a touch of sweetness.
And it’s the perfect drink to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall!
What is cold brew?
The Starbucks honey almond milk cold brew drink is based on cold brew, not espresso or drip coffee that has been allowed to cool.
And cold brew concentrate is made by combining water and coffee grounds and letting it sit for between 12 and 16 hours.
The resulting coffee concentrate has a more balanced taste and less acidity than regular coffee.
Starbucks cold brew forms the basis for several other drinks, including the vanilla sweet cream cold brew, the salted caramel cream cold brew, and the chocolate cream cold brew.
Can you make your own cold brew coffee?
Absolutely! The basic principle behind cold brew coffee is that, unlike drip coffee, it brews cold over a more extended time.
And as any coffee lover will tell you, cold brew is a phenomenal way to bring out all the natural flavors in coffee without that bitter flavor that often accompanies drip-brew.
There are 3 basic ways to create your own cold brew:
- Use a French press to allow the grounds and water to soak for 12-16 hours. Once it’s done, push down on the plunger, and voila! You have cold brew coffee to use in many amazing coffee recipes.
- A cold brew maker is another handy way to make a batch of cold brew.
- You can also use a large pitcher to combine the coffee grounds and water. Once it’s finished “brewing,” pour through a strainer layered with cheesecloth.
Although some sources say starting a cold brew recipe by grinding your own coffee beans is essential, I’ve had success with commercially ground beans.
One of the best reasons to make your own cold brew is that you can start with your favorite coffee, whether it’s flavored or decaf.
The chain coffee shops don’t offer a decaf option in the store, which is challenging if you’re trying to limit your daily caffeine intake.
Chains such as Starbucks also don’t offer flavored cold brews.
But I have found that using flavored coffee adds a little extra something to all my cold brew creations! If you want to add flavor at any of the coffee shops, you basically need to add syrup.
Honey Almondmilk Cold Brew Coffee Recipe
Start by making a batch of cold brew coffee.
Once your new cold brew batch is finished, combine 1/2 cup of the cold coffee with a drizzle of honey. Add more or less, depending on how sweet the drink tastes.
Finish with about 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk. You can also substitute flavored almond milk, such as vanilla. Oat milk also works well.
This drink is also delicious, with a thick layer of cold foam. You can create cold foam by taking an electric mixer to 1/4 milk.
If desired, add a bit of sugar and flavor extract such as vanilla or caramel. Continue whipping on medium speed until the foam reaches the consistency you like.
The result is a drink that is slightly sweet and has a very creamy finish.
Dairy-free almond milk typically doesn’t form as nice of consistency when foamed as fuller fat dairy. But you can buy dairy-based, lactose-free 2%, and whole milk that foams spectacularly.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between iced coffee and cold brew?
Iced coffee is a drink based on coffee made more traditionally, such as in a drip coffee maker or French press.
Cold brew combines water and coffee grounds and lets the mixture sit for 12-16 hours. The result is coffee with a more concentrated flavor.
Most people drink cold brew by diluting it with water or milk first, as it’s generally much too strong to drink on its own.
It naturally has a more robust flavor than other types of brewed coffee. This is one of the reasons why it works so well in recipes.
Does Starbucks offer the honey almond milk cold brew year round?
Unfortunately, the chain store does not. But thanks to this post, you can create your own copycat version at home!
How many calories are in a honey almond milk cold brew?
It depends upon the size of the drink. The Starbucks website lists a grande at around 50 calories.
Calculate a few more or less depending on how much honey you use and the type of almond milk.
Unflavored varieties of almond milk also have fewer calories than flavored ones.
And if you use standard 2% milk, you will need to calculate a few more calories than you would if you were using almond milk.
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I hope you enjoyed this post and that it inspired you to make your own honey almond milk cold brew at home. Thanks for reading!
What’s your favorite type of cold brew coffee? Let me know in the comments below!
Do you have a question about this recipe that I didn’t answer? Feel free to ask, and I’ll do my best to respond promptly. 🙂
As always, happy brewing! 🙂
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