Iced Vanilla Latte

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A refreshing iced drink made with cold brew coffee and homemade vanilla syrup that’s surprisingly easy to make at home.

Iced Vanilla Latte in two cups.

About This Iced Vanilla Latte Recipe

  • Made with cold brew coffee, homemade vanilla syrup, milk, and ice. The drink is then topped with a fluffy vanilla flavored whipped cream.
  • The trick to making the whipped cream topping quick and easy is to use a handheld milk frother.
  • Vanilla syrup is made quick and easy by stirring together vanilla extract, hot water, and sugar.

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Ingredient Notes

Iced Vanilla Latte Ingredients.
  • Cold brew coffee: If you’ve never made cold brew at home, do it! It’s so easy and you’ll save a lot of money.
  • Vanilla extract: The star ingredient in a vanilla syrup.
  • Sugar: Use cane sugar since it dissolves quickly in hot water.
  • Milk: Any kind of milk you like will work.
  • Ice: To make the drink colder for longer.
  • Heavy cream: To make the whipped cream topping.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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Step-by-Step Instructions

Vanilla syrup in a bottle.

Step 1: Make vanilla syrup.


Stir together hot water, vanilla extract, and sugar until sugar dissolves.

Whisking heavy cream to make whipped cream.

Step 2: Make cream topping. Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup until it thickens.

Pouring milk to make iced vanilla latte.

Step 3: Combine vanilla syrup, coffee, and milk.

Spooning on cream topping on iced vanilla latte.

Step 4: Assemble drink. Pour vanilla latte into a cup of ice and spoon on the cream topping.

Serving Suggestions

The iced vanilla latte should be served immediately as the whipped cream will start to melt into the drink. The vanilla cream topping can be stirred into the drink if preferred.

If you like your drinks really sweet, add more vanilla syrup.

This recipe makes more vanilla syrup than you need to make 1 serving. The rest of the vanilla syrup can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.

Cold Brew Substitutions

If you don’t have cold brew, here are coffee substitutions you can use instead.

  • Strong coffee made in a coffee machine
    Make double strength coffee and cool it down in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  • Espresso
    Add a shot or two of espresso (no need to cool it down).
  • Keurig or Nespresso
    Brew strong coffee by adjusting the setting so you’re making just 1/2 cup of coffee using 1 pod or capsule.

Questions You May Have

How is this recipe different from the iced vanilla latte at Starbucks?

This recipe uses all natural ingredients in the vanilla syrup unlike Starbucks which uses chemicals like potassium sorbate. Also, instead of espresso, I’m using cold brew coffee since not everyone has an espresso machine.

Can I make this unsweetened?

Yes! Instead of making the vanilla syrup, mix 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract with the coffee and milk. The cream topping also uses the vanilla syrup so you can make the drink without it.

Can I make this with oat or almond milk?

Yup! Any milk you prefer works in this recipe!

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Iced Vanilla Latte

Author: Jee Choe
Cold brew coffee and homemade vanilla syrup come together to make this tasty drink.
4.8 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving

INGREDIENTS
 

  • ½ cup cold brew coffee
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup ice

Vanilla Cream Topping

Vanilla Syrup

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Make vanilla syrup.
    Stir together hot water, vanilla extract, and sugar until sugar dissolves. The finer the sugar, the quicker it will dissolve so avoid using raw or turbinado sugar.
  • Make cream topping.
    Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup until it thickens using a handheld milk frother. (This is my secret to making whipped cream for drinks in seconds.)
  • Stir together coffee, vanilla syrup, and milk.
  • Assemble drink.
    Pour vanilla latte into a cup of ice and spoon on the cream topping.

NOTES

This recipe makes more vanilla syrup than you need to make 1 serving. The rest of the vanilla syrup can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
Vanilla syrup batch recipe: https://coffeeatthree.com/vanilla-syrup/

NUTRITION

Calories: 492 | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 264mg | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 1072IU | Calcium: 177mg

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