For lovers of coffee and coconuts, this cold brew with coconut milk coffee drink is a match made in heaven.
Smooth, creamy and infused with a coconut coffee syrup it is a super refreshing coconut cold brew recipe you can make at home.
I hope you enjoy my iced coconut milk cold brew coffee recipe!
What Does Cold Brew With Coconut Milk Taste Like?
Cold brew with coconut milk has a lovely creamy texture thanks to the high fat content of coconut milk.
When combined with a batch of smooth cold brew coffee the result is a mellow coconut flavoured cold brew coffee drink that is dairy free and vegan too.
If you are short on time you can simply combine cold brew coffee with coconut milk for a quick and easy drink.
But for a little extra coconut flavour my coconut cold brew recipe includes a lovely homemade coconut syrup for coffee.
And don’t worry if this all sounds like too much work – I provide options for ready made ingredients to speed up the process of making coconut cold brew coffee at home!
Can You Put Coconut Milk In Coffee?
Yes, you can use coconut milk in coffee – for all types of coffee drinks, hot and cold.
However of all the plant based milk alternatives for coffee (coconut, almond, soy, oat milk), coconut milk is the least commonly used.
Reasons for this include:
- Some coconut milks can be tricky to use for risk of curdling – particularly in hot coffee drinks.
- Many coconut milk brands taste very, well, coconutty! If you don’t like coconut flavours, it is best to avoid coconut milk in coffee.
- Coconut milk is high in fat – which is not so much a problem for those on paleo diets, but is for anyone on a low fat diet.
But if you love coconut flavoured drinks, coconut milk is the perfect choice to give your drink a delicious hit of coconut.
What You Need To Make Cold Brew Coffee With Coconut Milk
To make iced coconut milk with coffee you will need:
- Cold brew coffee maker or coffee plunger
- Milk frother (optional)
Cold Brew Coffee Maker
If you regularly make cold brew at home a cold brew coffee maker is a worthwhile investment.
There are plenty of affordable options on the market and they make the whole process super simple.
But if you don’t have one, don’t worry. You can use a french press or even a regular jug to make a batch of homemade cold brew.
And if homemade cold brew is just not your thing, you can buy ready made cold brew coffee concentrate to store in your pantry ready to use.
Made forever popular by Starbucks, cold foam is an increasingly popular topping for iced and cold brew coffee drinks.
Frothed milk is completely optional for this iced coffee with coconut milk.
But if you would like to top your coconut cold brew with cold foam, a milk frother makes it super easy.
Much like the cold brew coffee maker, if you regularly make cold coffee drinks, a handheld or automatic milk frother is a great coffee accessory for your coffee bar.
Iced Coconut Milk Coffee Ingredients
The ingredients you need to make my iced coconut coffee recipe are:
- Cold brew concentrate
- Coconut milk
- Coconut coffee syrup
Cold Brew Coffee
I step you through how to make cold brew coffee from coffee beans below (and we have a complete how to cold brew guide here).
Medium to dark roasted coffee beans work best and they need to be coarsely ground for cold brewing.
Note you can substitute pre-made cold brew if you prefer.
Homemade Coconut Coffee Syrup
The coconut coffee syrup is also homemade and includes the following ingredients:
- Shredded coconut
- Monk fruit sweetener*
- Vanilla extract
I used monk fruit sweetener, which is widely available in the supermarket and online.
But if you don’t use monk fruit or have it at home, simply substitute granulated sugar or brown sugar.
If you are not too keen on making coconut syrup for coffee from scratch, you can substitute ready made coconut syrup. This one by Monin is the best option.
Coconut Milk Brands
There are many brands of coconut milk to choose from – in canned, carton and powdered forms.
Canned coconut milk is good to use. Ensure you buy the full fat version and shake the can well before using as the cream will be separated from the water in the can. Shaking the can ensures it is all well blended before adding to your drink.
Be wary of some coconut milks in cartons as they tend to be thinned down for a better pouring consistency, but the result can then be a watery tasting coconut milk.
In Australia MILKLAB coconut milk is my top choice. It is great for both hot and cold coffee drinks with coconut milk.
How To Make Coconut Milk Cold Brew Coffee
Brew Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
The first step is to brew your cold brew coffee concentrate.
If using a cold brew coffee maker, follow the instructions for your particular model.
When using a coffee plunger, use a ratio of 1:4 coffee to water. So add 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee and 4 cups of cold water.
Leave to brew for 12-16 hours. When finished, press the plunger down to separate the coffee grinds from the cold brew concentrate.
It is best to pour all the coffee out of the plunger into another jar or jug otherwise it will keep brewing and become bitter.
For this recipe you only need 1/2 cup of cold brew, but it is worth making a larger batch as it can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
Make Coconut Coffee Syrup
Next you need to make your coconut syrup for coffee.
Much like the cold brew, any left over syrup can be stored in the fridge for another drink, so if you have room it is worth making a larger batch and storing for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
To make the syrup, add the shredded coconut, monk fruit sweetener (or sugar), vanilla extract and water to a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
Simmer gently over a medium heat until the liquid becomes syrupy.
Strain the syrup into a small bowl and discard the shredded coconut.
Prepare Your Coconut Cold Brew
Now you have your cold brew and coconut flavoured syrup it is time to prepare your coconut cold brew coffee drink!
First fill your glass with ice cubes.
Then pour 1/2 cup cold brew into your glass.
Next add the coconut syrup. I used 2 tablespoons, but increase or decrease this according to taste.
Remember you still need to add coconut milk, which will add more coconut flavour to the drink.
Next add 1/4 cup coconut milk and 1/4 cup of cold water to your brew.
The final step to add coconut milk foam is optional so if you don’t want to add coconut foam, enjoy your cold brew coffee and coconut milk!
How To Make Coconut Milk Cold Foam
For a pretty finishing touch to your coconut cold brew coffee, grab your milk frother and make some coconut foam.
It is worth noting that the best milks to froth cold are low in fat as they produce a more sturdy and dense foam.
Hence coconut milk can be tricky to froth cold, as it is high in fat and doesn’t tend to hold together for long like low fat dairy milks.
So I would skip the whisk and even the handheld frothers (although if it is high powered it may work).
The best way to froth coconut milk is with an automatic milk frother.
I love this one by Lavazza – it froths plant based milks pretty well even when cold.
So pop 1/4 cup of milk in your milk frother, choose the cold setting and wait for foam.
When ready, pour over your coffee and sprinkle a little shredded coconut on top. Enjoy!
How To Store Cold Brew And Coconut Syrup
This recipe can be put together in just a few minutes if you have cold brew and coconut syrup on hand.
So my best tip if you love this coconut cold brew recipe is to brew a large batch of cold brew and syrup and store in the fridge.
- Cold brew will last for up to a week in the fridge in a sealed jar or carafe.
- Coconut flavoured syrup will last up to two weeks in a sealed jar ready to use!
- Canned coconut milk or long life coconut milk in a carton lasts for months and can be stored in the pantry.
Then when you have a craving for cold brew and coconut milk you have everything ready to make your cold coffee with coconut milk.
More Cold Coffee Drinks Recipes
If you loved my coconut iced coffee, you may like to try some of these cold coffee drinks recipes.
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Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
- 1/2 cup coarse coffee grounds
- 2 cups cold water
Coconut Coffee Syrup
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons monk fruit sweetener (or granulated sugar)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup water
Cold Brew With Coconut Milk
- 1/2 cup cold brew concentrate
- 2 tbsp coconut syrup
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (see note 1)
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (extra for frothing)
- Prepare the cold brew coffee concentrate by placing coffee grounds and water in a coffee plunger. Leave to brew for 12-16 hours. Once brewed, push the plunger down and pour coffee into a carafe or jug. See note 2.
- For coconut coffee syrup, place shredded coconut, monk fruit sweetener (see note 3), vanilla extract and water into a small saucepan over a medium heat. Bring to the boil and simmer gently until liquid has thickened to form a syrup.
- Strain coconut syrup into a small bowl or jar and discard shredded coconut. See note 4.
- To make your cold brew with coconut milk, fill your glass with ice cubes. Add 1/2 cup cold brew concentrate and 1-2 tablespoons coconut flavored syrup. Stir to combine.
- Add 1/4 cup coconut milk and 1/4 cup cold water. If you prefer a stronger coffee, don't add the water.
- Enjoy as is, or for something a little extra, foam 1/4 cup coconut milk with a good automatic frother. Pour the froth over your cold brew and sprinkle a little shredded coconut for garnish. See note 5.
- Full fat coconut milk works best. If using canned coconut milk, shake well before opening to combine the coconut cream and water.
- For a complete guide on how to make cold brew, see our Guide to making cold brew at home. Alternatively you can purchase cold brew concentrate online or at the supermarket. Homemade cold brew can be stored in a sealed jar or carafe in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- I use golden monk fruit sweetener for this recipe, but you can also use regular granulated sugar or brown sugar instead.
- Store left over coconut syrup in a sealed jar in the fridge - it will last for up to 2 weeks.
- Coconut milk can be difficult to froth cold due to the high fat content. Use an automatic milk frother with a cold setting for the best coconut milk foam.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 377Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 25.4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2.6gSugar: 29gProtein: 2.9g
Please note that nutrition information is a computer generated estimate and should not be interpreted as a dietitian's advice. Values can vary greatly among brands, amounts and ingredients used.