Figuring out how to make cold foam without a frother is easier than you can imagine. All those foamy-topped iced coffees and cold brew beauties are now right at your fingertips.
It’s such fun recreating coffee shop favorites. Topping your favorite drink with a light cloud of fluffy foam makes the whole experience extra special. The foamy topping just takes it from basic to fabulous.
Anyway, if you feel like you want to make some cold foam at home but don’t have a frother, here’s how to do it.
What is cold foam?
First things first, what is cold foam, and how is it different from hot foam? Hot foam is made by inserting the nozzle of a frother into the milk and creating bubbly froth via high-pressure steam.
This foam is great to top hot drinks with. It melts when added onto chilled drinks like cold brews and iced coffees. With the rise of cold brews and iced drinks, it’s no wonder cold foam has become so popular.
Cold foam is milk that has been frothed and can last on top of cold beverages. You can sweeten or flavor cold foams.
4 ways to make cold foam without a frother
Here are a couple of ways to make cold foam without a frother. See which one works for you based on the equipment you can access.
1. Use a blender
- Add a cup of milk to the jug of your blender.
- Seal the jug with a lid and pulse the milk.
- Keep pulsing with small breaks in between until the milk becomes fluffy and pillowy.
2. Hand whisk the milk
- Add your cold milk to a bowl, either glass of stainless steel.
- Hand whisk the milk until it becomes foamy and thick.
- This process will definitely take the longest of all the techniques listed here, but you’ll get there in the end.
3. Shake milk in a mason jar
- Pour your chilled milk into a mason jar.
- Seal the lid onto the jar and make sure it’s on really tight.
- Shake the jar until you see the foam bubbles begin to form.
4. Use a French press
- Place your chilled milk into the beaker of the French press.
- Top the beaker with a plunger and press down. Pulse the plunger up and down.
- This action will create little air bubbles.
- This process will likely take a minute or two, but you will get lovely bubbles and cold foam.
How to make cold foam with oat milk
Follow the same process with oat milk as you would with cow’s milk. Oat milk is relatively close in structure to cow’s milk and, therefore, can be worked into a cold foam much the same way as cow’s milk.
How to make cold foam with heavy cream
You can foam heavy cream in much the same way as you do milk. Go ahead and use a French press, a whisk, or a blender to achieve a lovely pillowy cold foam to top your drinks with.
Drinks to make with your cold foam
If you’re looking for ideas for what to do with your cold foam, here you go:
1. Iced matcha latte
I’m crazy about iced matcha lattes. Matcha, anything, actually. Mix ½ a teaspoon of matcha powder with two tablespoons of boiled water (cooled for 2 minutes after boiling).
Add in a teaspoon of maple syrup and a ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract. Add this to a mason jar with some chilled milk. I love oat milk, but go ahead and pick your favorite.
Add in some ice blocks or crushed ice and shake the container for one to two minutes until blended. Pour through a strainer and then top with some cold foam. How amazing does that sound?
2. Vanilla cold brew
Mix a little vanilla syrup into your cold foam. Top some ice up with cold brew coffee, and then top that with the vanilla cold foam. This is a dreamy morning coffee, guys. Perfect on a hot day when you need a refreshing treat.
3. Iced London fog latte
I just love the name of this drink; I mean, it’s just so descriptive. Ok, so brew a cup of Earl Grey tea for a London fog tea. Chill your tea for about 20 minutes in the fridge or until it’s totally chilled.
Pour the iced tea over ice and top that with your cold foam. I like to add a little maple syrup to my tea before topping it with cold foam. This tea can get a little bitter without something sweet.
Can you make cold foam by shaking?
You can if you use a mason jar, yes. Add your chilled milk to a mason jar, leaving a bit of space at the top of the jar. Shake that jar like your life depends on it, and watch it start to froth after a few minutes or so.
What does Starbucks use for its cold foam?
Starbucks uses non-fat milk and sweetens it with vanilla syrup. This heavenly topping is used to top their cold brews.
What kind of milk makes the best cold foam?
This might sound crazy, but non-fat milk is actually the best milk to use to make cold foam. This is because non-fat milk has a high level of protein, making it really fluffy, foamy milk.
How To Make Cold Foam Without A Frother
- Hand whisk
- Mason Jar
- French press
- 1 cup cold milk
Using a blender
- Add a cup of milk to the jug of your blender. Seal the jug with a lid and pulse the milk. Keep pulsing with small breaks in between until the milk becomes fluffy and pillowy.
Using a hand whisk
- Add your cold milk to a bowl, either glass of stainless steel. Hand whisk the milk until it becomes foamy and thick. This process will definitely take the longest of all the techniques listed here, but you’ll get there in the end.
Using a mason jar
- Pour your chilled milk into a mason jar. Seal the lid onto the jar and make sure it’s on really tight. Shake the jar until you see the foam bubbles begin to form.
Using a French press
- Place your chilled milk into the beaker of the French press. Top the beaker with a plunger and press down. Pulse the plunger up and down, creating little air bubbles. This process will likely take a minute or two, but you will get lovely bubbles and cold foam.
Wrapping it up!
Making cold foam without a frother is simpler to figure out than you’d imagine. It’s likely that between a mason jar, a blender, and a whisk, you’re going to be able to whip up some cold foam.
You can use this topping for many things, so go ahead and whip up a lovely portion of it and sit it up on top of your favorite cold brew or iced-coffee drink.