Spring into spring with Starbucks Cinnamon Caramel Cold Brew! The Pistachio Cream Cold Brew from the winter menu has been shooed back into its shell, and cinnamon caramel cream cold brew is the coffee chain’s new spring beverage.
The Starbucks drink designers must love their jobs. Coming up with a creative new drink or two every season is a pretty sweet gig. And they must have had plenty of time to concentrate on this one because the cinnamon caramel cream cold brew is the only new addition to the Starbucks food-and-drink menu for spring.
What’s in Starbucks’ Cinnamon Caramel Cold Brew?
The new drink swirls cinnamon-caramel-flavored syrup into Starbucks cold brew and tops the whole thing off with cinnamon sweet cream cold foam and a sprinkle of cinnamon dolce topping—which just tasted like ordinary cinnamon, not nearly as good as the salted brown buttery sprinkle from the Pistachio Cream Cold Brew.
Starbucks’ Cinnamon Caramel Cold Brew is available as both a nitro cold brew and a regular cold brew beverage, but unlike the Pistachio Cream Cold Brew, there’s no hot latte version.
Here’s What I Thought
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper for Taste of Home
If you had to pick a side, are you on Team Cinnamon or Team Caramel? I’m Team Caramel all the way. Unfortunately for me, it’s the spicy punch of cinnamon that rules the day in this drink. If cinnamon toast were a beverage, this might be it.
Cinnamon aside, my first sip left me with one overwhelming sensation: sweet. The pistachio cream cold brew was nutty and almost a little bitter, but the cinnamon caramel cold brew is the dream drink for anyone with a sweet tooth. Still, I kind of wondered where the caramel had gone. It might have cut the spice of the cinnamon and the overwhelming sweetness with its creamy, mellow goodness.
Starbucks always scores big with the sweet cream topping, which was heavy and thick here, the kind that makes you want to get out a spoon and devour it separately.
I’m a big fan of Starbucks’ repertoire of cream cold brew drinks—the topping and syrup flavors always meld well with the cold brew itself. I think I prefer the Pistachio Cream Cold Brew to the Cinnamon Caramel Cold Brew, probably because the pistachio was a little nuttier and a tad less sweet. But still, this is a solid new Starbucks offering for spring, even if the cinnamon wrestles the caramel to the mat and dominates the flavor.
When Can I Get It?
The Cinnamon Caramel Cold Brew hit Starbucks stores on March 7. But you don’t need to rush to get one. A Starbucks representative tells me the new drink will be on the menu year-round, so this is one you won’t have to hack using the Starbucks secret menu.
Copycat Starbucks Recipes You Can Make at Home
My family loves this comforting chai tea latte recipe, especially on cold days instead of cocoa or when they’re feeling under the weather. I simplified this chai tea recipe by using the filter basket of our coffeepot. It’s delicious and great after dinner! —Julie Plummer, Sykesville, Maryland
You can make Starbucks cranberry bliss bars any time you please with this step-by-step copycat recipe. It makes an entire pan of bars that taste just like the real deal. —Molly Allen, Hood River, Oregon
You can substitute Gruyere cheese for the Swiss and ham for the bacon, or add in small-cut veggies to these copycat Starbucks egg bites. I also like to bake these in small Mason jars for fun single-portion presentations. Serve with avocado slices and fresh fruit for a healthy breakfast. —Maria Morelli, West Kelowna, British Columbia
I love caramel frappuccinos from Starbucks, but they get too expensive. I now make my own, and they are just as good. If you blend the milk with all the other ingredients, it gets too foamy—instead stir it in with a spoon after all the ice is crushed. —Heather Egger, Davenport, Iowa
The flaky layers of laminated dough and a sweet, cheese filling in the center make this Danish a natural to pair with hot coffee or tea. It’s as delicious for breakfast as it is for a late-night snack. —Nancy Mock, Colchester, Vermont
On a busy morning, these freezer breakfast sandwiches save the day. A hearty combo of eggs, Canadian bacon and cheese will keep you fueled through lunchtime and beyond. —Christine Rukavena, Taste of Home Senior Editor
Cold brewing reduces the acidity of coffee, which enhances its natural sweetness and complex flavors. Even those who take hot coffee with sugar and cream might find themselves sipping cold brew plain. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
You can easily indulge in a coffeehouse-quality drink at home anytime. With whipped cream and a butterscotch drizzle, this mocha treat will perk up even the sleepiest person at the table. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
I created a copycat Starbucks gingerbread loaf that’s the perfect addition to my holiday baking. Served with a thick layer of frosting, it’s delicious with a cup of coffee. —Risa Lichtman, Portland, Oregon
When my sister introduced me to iced coffee, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. Not only did I love it, but I decided to start making my own iced coffee recipe. This easy version is a refreshing alternative to hot coffee. —Jenny Reece, Lowry, Minnesota
This quick bread is a family favorite, so I always try to have ripe bananas on hand for this recipe. I’m sure your family will love this tasty, nutty bread as much as mine does. —Susan Jones, La Grange Park, Illinois
I have always loved iced tea with lemon, and this irresistible thirst-quencher takes it one step further. The lemonade gives this refreshing drink a nice color, too. —Gail Buss, New Bern, North Carolina
I love serving this blueberry scone recipe to visiting friends and family. I always make sure a have a few in the freezer. Just pop a frozen scone in the microwave for 20 seconds or so. —Joan Francis, Spring Lake, New Jersey
My soothing white hot chocolate is a great warm-up after a wintry day spent sledding or ice skating. Or include it as a festive addition to brunch or an afternoon tea party. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon