Delicious Pistachio Cold Foam Recipe From Scratch

You’ve heard of pistachio chocolate, pistachio gelato, and pistachio candy, but have you ever tried pistachio cold foam? You might have heard of it recently when Starbucks launches their seasonal pistachio limited edition syrup and along with it pistachio lattes, pistachio cold brews, and pistachio cream cold foam! We have always loved the Pistachio Flavor so much that we wanted to recreate this delicious flavor but make it better and more natural. So low and behold homemade pistachio cream cold foam, made with real ingredients and tastes like how a true pistachio cream should!

This post is all about creating the perfect authentic Pistachio Cold Foam, unlike the chain cafe versions we use real ingredients that really bring out the best of the pistachio flavor! We hope you enjoy this delicious sweet pistachio cold foam topping as it’s not too sweet and perfectly creamy.

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Commonly Asked Questions For Pistachio Cream Cold Foam

What is Pistachio cold foam?

Cold foam is a frothy airy milk foam that can be made from milk or cream of any kind. Cold foams generally serve as a topping for iced coffee beverages such as cold brew.

What milk is best for Pistachio cold foam?

Any milk will work to create a cold foam. Though any kind of milk work, the best milk will be ones that are thicker, creamier, fatter, and have a higher protein content in them. The high protein and fat content will create a longer-lasting cold foam as it will hold onto air bubbles longer. Plus, those milk are generally creamier so it’ll give you a very creamy cold foam. You can also use heavy cream or half and a half or even creamers to make a cold foam but keep in mind the flavoring and consistency you’re going for will be slightly affected by what you choose to use.

What is the difference between cold foam and hot foam?

Cold foam and hot foam are basically the same things. Only one is made hot and one is made cold. Cold foam is made from cold milk or cream and can be made pretty easily and serves as a topper for iced drinks. Meanwhile, hot foam is made from steamed or hot milk and serves as a topper for hot drinks.

Can I use plant milk or low-fat milk when making Pistachio cold foam?

Yes, you can use any type of milk for making cold foam. With that said keep in mind that not all milk will produce the same consistency of cold foam and some will be more airy or long-lasting than others.

Can I add Pistachio cream cold foam to any drink?

Yes and no, you can add cold foam to any drink but for instance, if you were to add cold foam to a hot drink the cold foam wouldn’t hold out very well and would probably melt into the drink rather than float on top like a normal cold foam. So, for that reason, we suggest using the cold foam only on cold drinks and hot foam only on hot drinks.

How do you make Pistachio Cream cold foam without a frother?

You can use several tools you’d find in your kitchens such as a whisk, mason jar, french press, immersion blender, handheld mixer, blender, and shaker bottle. The moral of the story is if you don’t have a milk frother then don’t worry because you probably have one of these tools available to use so you can create your cold foam without having to go out and buy a milk frother.

Pistachio Cold Foam ingredients and equipment


  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Milk frother
    • There are a ton of methods that work for frothing milk if you don’t own a milk frother. You can use all of the below…
      • Mason Jar- simply add your ingredients to your mason jar and tighten the lid. Once your lid is on you can shake your mason jar until your cold foam is formed.
      • French press- add your ingredients to your french press and put the lid on it. Using the french press plunger, plunge the mixture until your milk foam is formed.
      • Whisk- using a whisk, whisk your ingredients vigorously until your desired cold foam is made.
      • Shaker bottle- add ingredients to a shaker bottle and tighten the lid. Once the lid is secure you can shake your mixture until your cold foam is formed.
      • Immersion blender- this works best in a tall cup or bowl due to splattering. Add your ingredients to a tall cup or bowl and insert your immersion blender. When the immersion blender is immersed you can turn it on and let it blend your mixture until your cold foam is made.
      • Hand-held mixer- just like using an immersion blender, you’ll want to use a tall cup or bowl so you prevent a huge splatter mess. Once your ingredients are in your cup or bowl you can mix the mixture using your handheld mixer until your cold foam is formed.
      • Blender- add your ingredients to your blender and secure the lid. Once the lid is secure you can turn on the blender and let the mixture blend until your cold foam is made.


  • Milk- any milk of your choice will go well with this recipe whether it be plant-based milk or dairy kinds of milk, nonfat, low fat or high-fat milk, etc. The fatter more protein-heavy the milk is the better it will hold its form and hold bubbles. This is due to the chemical makeup of the milk or in other words the protein molecule structure, the structure of the protein allows the milk to hold air better and maintain its form better.
  • Heavy cream- This will make your cold foam consistency a lot thicker and creamier. The cold foam will also hold its shape better because it will be a lot heavier using this. While you can make a cold foam using just milk you can use heavy cream or half and a half and you’ll notice the difference.
  • Pistachio syrup- either a store-bought or a homemade syrup will work for this recipe
  • Sweeteners: sugar, honey, maple syrup, simple syrup, brown sugar, agave nectar, monk fruit, etc.
  • Topping: pistachio shavings or crushed pistachios will serve as the cutest topper for your cold foam!

Pistachio Cold Foam Recipe

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  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 3 tbsp Pistachio Syrup
  • 1 tbsp crushed pistachios for the topping


  • Sweeteners: sugar, honey, simple syrup, etc.
  • Flavors: almond, vanilla, cinnamon, etc.

How to make Pistachio cold foam

  1. Gather your ingredients in a tall cup.
  2. Using an immersion blender, blend together heavy cream, milk, pistachio syrup, and any desired sweeteners or other flavors.
  3. Blend the mixture for roughly 1 minute or until your desired cold foam is formed.
  4. Pour your cold foam over your iced beverage.
  5. Top with crushed pistachios and enjoy!

Recipe notes:

  • You can add in any sweeteners you want but just be sure that your sweetener dissolves well so it’s not all stuck on the bottom of your cup.
  • You can add in extra flavorings such as almond extract or vanilla extract.
  • For this recipe, you can use any milk, non-dairy, or dairy. You also don’t have to use heavy cream but we find that it creates a perfect creamier long-lasting cold foam.

Why you’ll love it

  • delicious pistachio flavor that beats starbucks because it doesnt taste super artificially sweet, it’s the perfect creamy and sweet combination for a cold foam.
  • An easy recipe that includes other homemade ingredients such as our homemade pistachio syrup! We are big fans of natural ingredients whenever possible, so we try to recreate our favorite syrup into natural versions that are free of nasty preservatives. Of course, dont feel burdened to follow our suit, you can swap in premade pistachio syrup but keep in mind it won’t have that authentic true pistachio flavor.
  • Pistachios are full of nutrients and antioxidants such as carotenoids, polyphenols, and Vitamin E as mentioned by Cleveland Clinic.

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