Worthy of a coffee-shop menu, this cinnamon cold brew coffee is easy to whip up at home! You need just 4 ingredients, and you can have homemade cold brew lattes anytime in just a few minutes.
Let’s not even pretend it’s a summer coffee drink anymore, cold brew is here any time of year! This cinnamon cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with a rich homemade cinnamon simple syrup, is especially lovely.
The best part? I bet you, cold brew coffee aficionado that you are, already have the ingredients at home! Let’s play barista, shall we, darlings?
If you really want to get into the handcrafted coffee drink vibe, don’t forget to check out my post on how to make cold brew coffee. In that post, I break down one method for making your own cold brew concentrate using beans of your choosing.
Of course, you can always buy cold brew coffee, which is what I’m doing at the moment. Life has its seasons, and each has different needs.
Pretty much all of them need a good cup of coffee. 😉
How to make creamy cinnamon cold brew coffee
If you’ve never made a cold brew coffee before, the basic idea is this:
- Place ice in a glass.
- Pour cold brew coffee concentrate over ice.
- Add water for a black cold brew or your milk of choice for a creamy cold brew.
- Stir in any sweetener or flavor syrups you’d like.
Simple and very very easy to customize! Today, I’m going to show you how to make a cinnamon cold brew, but it’s really just a starting point.
The inspiration for this recipe came from a family trip to Disney World earlier this year where I saw loads of different cold brew coffees served around the parks. Quite a few were cereal inspired. There was even one with marshmallow cereal like this cake and a fruity one like this tres leches!
We didn’t try them all. We tried a cinnamon-sugar cereal-inspired version, which the Godfather and I enjoyed! As with most theme park food, it was more of a dessert treat, so I decided to make a homemade version we could enjoy with a bit more coffee and a little less sweetness.
When you make your coffee at home, it’s easy to fix it just how you like!
How to flavor iced coffee
I know when I was a coffee newbie, I thought most coffee flavorings came from using the flavored ground beans found at the store! I later learned that coffee drinks are flavored using a combination of extracts, flavored syrups (bacon latte, anyone?), or flavored creamers.
With cold coffee drinks, you need to make sure you use a sweetener that dissolves easily. A certain amount of granulated sugar would dissolve with stirring, naturally, but most would settle at the bottom.
Instead of using a store-bought flavored creamer for this iced coffee, I decided to make my own cinnamon simple syrup!
How to make flavored simple syrup
This is hands down one of the coolest kitchen tricks! Everyone loves the novelty of custom flavoring syrups, which are incredibly versatile!
Simple syrup is a mixture of sugar and water. The classic simple syrup has a 1:1 ratio with equal amounts of sugar and water, heated until the sugar dissolves completely, then cooled.
If you head to a craft bar or coffee house, though, they use what’s known as a “rich simple syrup.” Rich simple syrup is a syrup made with a 2:1 ratio – 2 parts of sugar for 1 cup of water. The resulting syrup has a thicker consistency, and you need less to flavor and sweeten your drink.
The options for flavoring are almost limitless since you can infuse about anything into the syrup. For example, I have a recipe for a ginger simple syrup here and one for a blueberry simple syrup here!
Once you have your syrup made and in the refrigerator, it takes less than a minute to assemble your iced coffee!
Milk and Coffee Options for Cinnamon Cold Brew
Coffee is the easy part! You can either make your own cold brew following your favorite method (I’ve linked to one above) or grab some of your favorite cold brew coffee at the store.
Just like syrup, though, milk is another portion of the recipe where you can show some creativity! You can make your cinnamon cold brew latte with whatever milk you’d like. Here are my thoughts on a few…
Cow milk is a classic option. You can use whole milk for a very creamy texture or skim milk to cut down on fat. In our house, we like using a low-fat 1 or 2% milk for a good balance between the two. Well, unless we have raw milk from a dairy farm. That’s an experience!
Our favorite non-dairy milk option is oat milk. It adds a mild flavor but is creamy in texture. Get vanilla oat milk or unflavored oat milk for the best results. Second to that would be cashew or almond milk. Coconut milk is great too, but it adds a coconut flavor. That’s really good, but if it’s not what you’re in the mood for, avoid it.
I hope this recipe inspires you to make your own coffee creations, darlings! Don’t forget to tag me if you make this!
Cinnamon Simple Syrup:
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 stick cinnamon
Cold Brew Latte Ingredients:
- 6 ounces cold brew coffee
- 2 ounces of your favorite milk or half-and-half
- optional whipped cream and cinnamon for topping
- To make your simple syrup... place the water in a small saucepan, then stir in the sugar and add the cinnamon stick. Turn your burner to medium-low heat and stir until all the sugar has dissolved.
- Remove the pan from the heat and transfer to a heat-proof container. For a bold cinnamon flavor, leave the stick. If you'd prefer a lighter cinnamon flavor, allow the stick to remain in the syrup for an hour and then remove it.
- Store the simple syrup in the refrigerator and use as needed for your iced lattes, hot lattes, or in tea or mixed drinks.
- To make your iced cinnamon cold brew... place 2-3 cubes of ice in a highball glass.
- Pour in 1 tablespoon of cinnamon simple syrup, then add your cold brew coffee and milk of your choice. Stir to combine. Adjust the ratios if needed.
- Optional: If you're feeling fancy, add a swirl of whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon for a special treat!
- Making the simple syrup is what adds the time to this recipe. Once you have your batch of simple syrup made, you can enjoy it for weeks, and then it only takes a few seconds to whip up your iced coffee!
- You could probably use a 1:1 sugar substitute to make your own sugar-free simple syrup, but I haven't tried it, so I'm not sure about the shelf life. I'm assuming it would last a few weeks as well.
- Nutritional data was only provided for the estimated number of servings in the simple syrup. Final data depends on the milk you use and how much of the syrup you add to your coffee.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 0g
These nutrition values are estimates. Exact values will vary depending on the ingredients, brands, and quantities used.