Starbucks Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte Copycat

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Smooth and perfectly sweet, make this Starbucks iced latte with just 4 ingredients. It’s so quick and easy to make at home using an espresso machine or a Nespresso!

Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte in tall cups.

Recipe Highlights

  • Starbucks Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte is an Iced Vanilla Latte made with blonde espresso instead of regular espresso. This cold coffee drink is made with 4 ingredients: blonde espresso, ice, 2% milk, and vanilla syrup.
  • This copycat drink recreates the Starbucks recipe using Starbucks blonde espresso roast and homemade vanilla syrup although you can use store-bought syrup. This recipe makes a grande (16 ounces) Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte.
  • Blonde espresso is a lightly roasted coffee bean and it’s a smoother, mellower version of Starbucks signature espresso, which is a dark roast.
  • To make blonde espresso, you just need to buy blonde espresso coffee and make it the same way you would make espresso in an espresso machine or a Nespresso.

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Ingredient Notes

Step-by-Step Instructions

For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to the recipe.

  1. Pour blonde espresso into a cup.
    Use 2 Nespresso blonde espresso pods or pull 2 shots from an espresso machine.
  2. Add vanilla syrup.
  3. Add milk.
  4. Top drink with ice.

Using a Nespresso

The easiest way to make espresso at home is with a Nespresso machine.

My Nespresso Pick

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This Nespresso model makes espresso and brewed coffee and costs around $200. Tip: Skip the Aeroccino and get a bigger milk frother.
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1 shot of espresso = 1 Nespresso espresso capsule

For a grande size drink (16 ounces), you’ll need 2 espresso capsules or 1 double espresso capsule to recreate this Starbucks drink at home.

Don’t use the coffee (7.77 ounces) capsules which makes brewed coffee instead of espresso.

You can use your favorite espresso Nespresso capsules or use the Starbucks Nespresso capsules.

My Nespresso Starbucks Pod Pick

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To recreate Starbucks drinks at home, go for this popular blonde espresso.
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Expert Tips

  • If you don’t have a way to make espresso at home, use instant coffee. Combine 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and ¼ cup hot water to replace the 2 shots of espresso in the recipe.
  • To make this drink decadent, add Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam on top.
  • I prefer making homemade vanilla syrup but you can buy Starbucks vanilla syrup directly from any of their store locations. The only catch is that it’s not always available for purchase since they’ll only sell it to you if they have extras in stock. At the store, it’s about $14 for the bottle.
  • If you do use Starbucks vanilla syrup, use 2 tablespoons per drink since their syrups have a lot more sugar than my homemade version.

Questions You May Have

What’s in Starbucks Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte?

In a grande sized drink, there’s ice, 2% milk, 4 pumps of Vanilla Syrup, and 2 shots of blonde espresso.

Why should I use ice made with filtered water instead of tap?

The less impurities there are in water, the cleaner and tastier it’ll be. Starbucks uses triple filtered water to make all their drinks and they use the same water to make ice.

What’s the difference between Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte and Iced Vanilla Latte?

The drinks are exactly the same but the Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte is made with blonde espresso (light roast) and Iced Vanilla latte is made with Starbucks signature espresso, which is a dark roast.

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Starbucks Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte Copycat Recipe

Author: Jee Choe
A twist on a popular Starbucks drink that's made with blonde espresso.
4.6 from 10 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pour blonde espresso, vanilla syrup, milk into a cup.
    Use 2 Nespresso blonde espresso pods or pull 2 shots from an espresso machine.
  • Add ice.

NOTES

  • Starbucks makes all their lattes with 2% milk but you can use any kind of milk you like.
  • If you don’t have a way to make espresso at home, use instant coffee. Combine 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and ¼ cup hot water to replace the 2 shots of espresso in the recipe.
  • To make this drink decadent, add Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam on top.
  • I prefer making homemade vanilla syrup but you can buy Starbucks vanilla syrup directly from any of their store locations. The only catch is that it’s not always available for purchase since they’ll only sell it to you if they have extras in stock. At the store, it’s about $14 for the bottle.
  • If you do use Starbucks vanilla syrup, use 2 tablespoons per drink since their syrups have a lot more sugar than my homemade version.

Using A Nespresso Machine

 

NUTRITION

Calories: 305 | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 276mg | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 207mg | Iron: 3mg
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