When you want Starbucks, you want Starbucks. Day after day, we find ourselves wandering into that comforting, good-smelling foyer, leaving with a drink in our hand (opens in new tab) and a smile on our face. Sure, we may have spent $7 on a latte, but that's a problem to tackle for another day. But other days, you can't get to that beloved mermaid logo: Maybe you overslept, maybe you don't want to play drive-thru roulette and risk sitting in a long line, or maybe you just can't afford it. So, if you're like me and currently facing one of those three options, nothing sounds better than being able to create one of the world's most exquisite creations from the comfort of your kitchen.
They say the world is your oyster, but in this case, the world is your coffee pot, your choice of milk alternative, some pumpkin spice seasoning (despite the fact it's not in season), and your handful of perfectly cubed ice. Ahead, I've listed nine of my favorite Starbucks copycat recipes, green straw not included. Get ready to sip back and enjoy, my little barista!
Iced Starbucks Caramel Macchiato
14 oz. of your choice of milk or milk alternative
2 tbsp vanilla syrup
2 oz. espresso
Caramel sauce to drizzle as you please
While your espresso is being made, start to warm up the milk. Froth the milk using milk frother. If you don’t have milk frother, you can use a regular whisk by whisking the milk until foam forms.
When it's ready, pour the espresso into a measuring cup. Add vanilla and your milk/milk alternative to the cup. Then, pour the espresso on top of the frothy milk.Make two caramel drizzle circles around the edges of the cup and a grate pattern in the middle. Pour the ingredients from your measuring cup into your cup.
Recipe from Cooktoria (opens in new tab)
Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino
1 cup milk or your choice of milk alternative
2 tablespoons of sugar
1/3 cup of chocolate chips
3 tablespoons of chocolate syrup
2 cups of ice
1/8 teaspoon of vanilla
Blend all of the ingredients.
Recipe from Key Ingredient (opens in new tab)
Pumpkin Spice Latte
1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup of brewed coffee
1/2 cups of milk or your choice of milk alternative
Add all of your ingredients in a saucepan and stir. Bring the ingredients to a simmer. Take the saucepan off the heat to pour the mixture into a mug of your choice and add whipped cream and a sprinkles of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon on top.
Recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking (opens in new tab)
3 acai berry tea bags
1 cup of boiling water
3/4 cups of white grape juice
1/4 cups of sweetened coconut milk
1 teaspoon of simple syrup
1/2 cup Freeze-dried strawberries
Steep the tea in the boiling water, make sure to remove the bags after 5 minutes, and allow to cool.
Once cooled, combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake. Crush the strawberries when you add them to the shaker because the powder helps add more strawberry flavor! Pour the drink into a large glass to enjoy.
Recipe from Sugar & Soul (opens in new tab)
Green Tea Frappuccino
10 ice cubes
1 cup full fat milk or milk alternative of your choice
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons of powdered sugar
1 ½ tablespoon premium Japanese matcha-green tea powder
Blend all ingredients in a blender and until smooth, creamy and that gorgeous green color.
Recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking (opens in new tab)
Passion Fruit Tea Lemonade
2 Tazo passion tea bags
4 cups of water
4 cups of lemonade
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil to pour the hot water over the tea bags in a large pitcher. Steep the tea for around 5-10 minutes and then remove the tea bags. Fill the remainder of the pitcher with lemonade. Store in fridge till cool.Recipe from Copykat Recipes. (opens in new tab)
Iced Chai Tea Latte
2 chai tea bags
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups of milk or milk alternative of your choice
2 tablespoons of honey
Cinnamon and nutmeg to garnish
In a small saucepan, bring your water to a boil and add in the tea bags to seep for 7-10 minutes. Then add in the milk and honey, reducing the heat to medium and warming the milk. Using a frother, blend until frothy. Transfer your mixture to the cups of your choice and serve topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg on top.
Recipe from Snacks and Sips. (opens in new tab)
5 oz. Iced Passion Tea
2 oz. Vanilla Soy Milk
1 oz. Simple Syrup
To make the passion tea:
Bring 32 oz. of water to a boil. Put the Iced Passion Tea bag in a 64 oz. pitcher and fill with boiling water. Let steep for about 5-7 minutes and remove the tea bag. Fill remaining 32 oz. with cold water to sit in the refrigerator overnight.
To make the simple syrup:
Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and add in 1/2 cup of sugar to stir until dissolved. Remove from heat to let it cool.
To make the drink:
Add ice to a cup and top with blackberries. Then pour in the passion tea, vanilla soy milk and simple syrup.
Recipe from The Culinary Compass. (opens in new tab)
Iced Vanilla Latte
2 cups of cold strongly brewed coffee
1/2 cup of milk or milk alternative
2 tablespoons of vanilla syrup
1 cup ice
Fill two glasses with ice. Mix together your coffee, milk, and vanilla syrup before pouring over the ice.
Recipe from Snacks and Sips (opens in new tab).
Bianca Rodriguez is the Fashion & Luxury Commerce Manager at Hearst Magazines, covering fashion, beauty, and more for Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Town & Country. She likes lounging about with a good book and thinks a closet without platform sneakers is a travesty.
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