You love that frothy layer on top of your cappuccinos and lattes. There’s nothing like it. Well, the sad news is that warm foam is only meant to crown hot coffee. For cold drinks, you need cold foam, and here’s how to make it.
Let’s start from the beginning. Cold foam is harder to achieve than warm foam, and that’s why most iced coffees and frozen drinks are topped with whipped cream and not actual milk foam. Today we’re changing all that — we’re making cold foam!
The best recipes are the easiest, and this is the perfect example. One ingredient is all you need to make cold foam, and that’s milk.
There’s a catch; not all kinds of milk foam as quickly. Whisking any milk won’t make a decent amount of foam. The best one? 2% fat cow’s milk, that’s the foodstuff right there.
Make sure the milk is cold, too. It will foam better. Once you whisk that milk, you’ll get some nice foam. You’ll have to work fast, though. Foam doesn’t last forever. Make yourself an iced cappuccino or something and top it with that nice cold foam.
The secret in milk foam is milk fat. Not too much, not too little — it holds the bubbles together. It comes without saying, only real milk has milk fat, so milk alternatives will be harder to manage when it comes to bubbles.
This doesn’t mean you can’t make dairy-free cola foam. Whisk your favorite milk and enjoy those bubbles, but they won’t last, so sip that drink while they last.
Are there alternatives to cold foam? Of course, there are. There’s a reason we top cold coffee drinks with whipped cream. It’s essentially a stable cold foam, and it’s delicious! So, if you’re not into dairy, don’t fret. Go with whipped cream, whether you make it at home or it comes in a can. We won’t judge.
The best thing to do with cold foam is top iced coffee and ice-blended or frozen coffee with it. The drinks look beautiful with that natural milk foam. Garnish your cold beverages with ground cinnamon, cocoa powder or shaved chocolate for the final touch!
In a blender, add the milk and blend starting at a low speed, increasing the speed gradually.
Alternatively, use an electric hand mixer or milk frother.
Spoon the milk foam over any iced coffee drink.