High-Protein Irish Cream Cold Brew

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I’ve never tried the Irish Cream Cold Brew from Starbucks (I’m boring and typically only drink black coffee), but was immediately intrigued by the idea of this drink.

So, I decided to make my own!

The Starbucks version is essentially cold brew coffee with Irish cream flavored syrup, but I wanted to get more creative than that. No, these is no actual Bailey’s in it.

We’re going to make our own high-protein Irish cream, froth it into a foam, and pour it over our cold brew!

With 75 calories and 9g of protein, that’s not too shabby!

The secret here is going to be a little bit of almond extract. If you’ve never heard of that, don’t worry- your grocery store carries it. It’s a little tiny container of extract, but a little bit goes a long way. The flavor is very distinct, allowing us to make a copycat Irish Cream flavor without all the extra calories and sugar.

Let’s get to it.

Irish Cream Cold Brew

High-Protein Irish Cream Cold Brew

Yield: 2 Drinks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A copycat version of Starbuck's Irish Cream Cold Brew, but without all the calories and sugar. And of course... extra protein!


Irish Cream Cold Foam

  • 3/4 Cup Milk of your choice (I used Silk Protein, which is reflected in the nutrition, but you can use any milk you'd like)
  • 7g Granular Sugar Substitute
  • 7g (1/4 Scoop) Vanilla Whey Protein
  • 7g (1/4 Scoop) Chocolate Whey Protein
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Tsp Almond Extract

Cold Brew

  • 16oz Cold Brew Coffee of Choice (see notes below on making your own)


    1. Combine all of these ingredients for the cold foam and mix well.
    2. Use a frother for 30-60 seconds to turn this into a cold foam! If you don’t have a frother, you can furiously mix in a shaker bottle until it gets foamy, or throw everything into a high-speed blender.
    3. Pour 8oz of cold brew coffee into 2 separate glasses (or mason jars, because they always make coffee look better).
    4. Pour half of your cold foam over the top of each cold brew and enjoy!


  • I don’t like my cold brew overly sweet. If you like a sweeter coffee, you may want to sweeten your cold brew to your usual liking first and THEN top with your Irish cream cold foam, since it doesn’t add a ton of sweetness throughout on its own. A little bit of brown sugar in your cold brew will do the trick.
  • If you want to make your own cold brew, it's actually VERY easy. Check out my post all about cold brew here, and scroll down about halfway for a full walkthrough on making your own cold brew coffee.

Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Drinks Serving Size 1 Cold Brew
Amount Per Serving Calories 75Total Fat 3gCarbohydrates 2gProtein 9g

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