Cold Brew Caramel Macchiato

One of the most popular drinks at coffee houses across the country is the Caramel Macchiato. Characterized by hints of vanilla and caramel, this beverage is best served hot, in a mug, covered in whipped cream.

For all the caramel macchiato aficionados out there, we have the ultimate homemade cold brew recipe for you! We call it the Cold Brew Caramel Macchiato. Before starting this recipe, we sure that you have access to a stove, and the following ingredients: cold brew concentrate, hot water, sugar, heavy whipping cream, butter, light brown sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Let’s get started!

The most complex part of this recipe is making your caramel sauce. Be sure that you stir your caramel sauce consistently when heating, or it will bubble and dry up on you (we want silky smooth caramel sauce). Aside from that, the stovetop component of this recipe is fairly straightforward.

One final point here – While this beverage is meant to be served hot, you can most certainly turn it into an iced coffee. Instead of using hot water, simply substitute cold filtered water instead, and pour your cold water and cold brew concentrate over ice.

After you try this recipe, we would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment and rating in the section below – We hope you enjoy your Cold Brew Caramel Macchiato!

5 from 4 votes
Cold Brew Caramel Macchiato
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Servings: 1
Author: Cold Mountain Brew
Hot Cold Brew Coffee
  • 1/2 cup Cold Brew Concentrate
  • 1/2 cup Hot Water
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream
Caramel Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Optional Topping
  • Whipped Cream
  1. Step One: Make cold brew concentrate (click here to learn how to make cold brew concentrate). Then, set it aside.

  2. Step Two: Start boiling water in a tea kettle or pot. 

  3. Step Three: To make your caramel sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add heavy cream, brown sugar, and salt. Stir well. Bring to a gentle simmer and allow to cook for 4 minutes, until thickened, stirring occasionally.

  4. Step Four: After your caramel sauce thickens, remove it from heat, and mix in vanilla. Set aside 1-2 tablespoons of your caramel sauce, and place the rest in an airtight container in the refrigerator for future use.

  5. Step Five: By this time, your water from Step Two should be boiling. Combine your cold brew concentrate, hot water, sugar, and heavy whipping cream in a glass or mug. Stir gently. Then add your 1-2 tablespoons or caramel sauce.

  6. Step Six: Top with whipped cream and an additional caramel drizzle (if desired). Serve hot and Enjoy!


  1. Jenn April 3, 2017 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Pictures on this one don’t lie, the process looks really weird while you’re making it. But it smells amazing and tastes good too!!

  2. Jenna Truell April 8, 2017 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    I thought the caramel sauce was going to be a bit difficult, but honestly, it wasn’t too hard. Just put everything in the pan and out came this delicious syrup. So good!

  3. Laura Derks April 17, 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    This is by far my favorite recipes of all the ones I’ve tried out. I made a vegan option of it, maybe they’ll put vegan options substitutes for this and other recipes!

  4. Tina Alcorn April 18, 2017 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Caramel + Cold Brew = 2 thumbs up
    Also, try it with some chocolate sauce too!!

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