Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato Copycat

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See how easy it is to make this Starbucks favorite at home in less than 5 minutes! I’ve taken the original Starbucks recipe and recreated it. The trick to making this drink is all in how it’s assembled.

Iced Caramel Macchiato drink in a glass cup.

Recipe Highlights

  • Iced Caramel Macchiato is a drink that was created by Starbucks so you probably won’t find it in most local coffee shops. It’s a vanilla flavored espresso drink and the only part that’s caramel is the drizzle added to the top.
  • What’s unique about this drink is how it’s made. Making the drink out of order will make it an iced vanilla latte with caramel drizzle.
  • The key is to have the milk on the bottom and the espresso on top. Drink without stirring so that you get the hit of espresso first with the caramel, then the espresso with the vanilla and milk.
  • I’ve taken Starbucks’ exact recipe and recreated it so it can be made at home in an espresso machine or a Nespresso.

Make more Starbucks copycat recipes at home like Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso, Pink Drink, Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, and Caramel Macchiato.

Ingredient Notes

Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato copycat recipe ingredients.
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Step-by-Step Instructions

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

  1. Pour vanilla syrup, milk, then ice into a cup. Top with espresso shots.
    This drink makes 16 ounces (a grande Starbucks size).
  2. Add caramel drizzle.

Expert Tips

  • The drink must be made in a certain order for the drink to be an Iced Caramel Macchiato. Milk and vanilla syrup must be put into the cup first so that they’re at the bottom of the cup and then the espresso so that it sits on top. The caramel drizzle is added last, sitting on top of the drink, not stirred in.
  • If you don’t go in the correct order, it’s no longer an Iced Caramel Macchiato and it’ll be an iced vanilla latte with caramel drizzle.
  • The drink is to be sipped without mixing or stirring. The first few sips will be espresso sweetened with caramel then as the espresso makes its way down the cup, it’ll taste like a vanilla latte.

Questions You May Have

What’s in Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato?

The grande drink is made with 2 shots of espresso, 3 pumps of vanilla syrup, 2% milk, ice, and caramel sauce.

Can I make this drink without espresso?

If you don’t have an espresso machine or a Nespresso, replace the espresso with strong coffee (double-strength) or cold brew.

Can I make this drink with oat milk?

Yes! Use any milk you prefer. It tastes great with Oatly oat milk, which is what Starbucks uses.

What is an Upside Down Iced Caramel Macchiato?

An Upside Down Iced Caramel Macchiato is made with the ingredient order reversed. Caramel sauce goes into the cup first, then espresso, followed by milk and ice, then the vanilla syrup.

Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato copycat recipe drink.

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Iced Caramel Macchiato

Author: Jee Choe
A Starbucks copycat recipe to make this iced drink at home.
4.9 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pour vanilla syrup, milk, then ice into a cup. Top with espresso shots.
  • Add caramel drizzle.

NOTES

  • The drink must be made in a certain order for the drink to be an Iced Caramel Macchiato. Milk and vanilla syrup must be put into the cup first so that they’re at the bottom of the cup and then the espresso so that it sits on top. The caramel drizzle is added last, sitting on top of the drink, not stirred in.
  • If you don’t go in the correct order, it’s no longer an Iced Caramel Macchiato and it’ll be an iced vanilla latte with caramel drizzle.
  • The drink is to be sipped without mixing or stirring. The first few sips will be espresso sweetened with caramel then as the espresso makes its way down the cup, it’ll taste like a vanilla latte.
  • Starbucks uses 2% milk for most of their drinks. You can use any kind you like though.
  • Vanilla syrup is SUPER easy to make at home so definitely go for homemade if you can.
  • You can get vanilla syrup directly from Starbucks by going to any of their locations and asking if they have any vanilla syrup available for purchase. They’ll sell it to you if they have enough in stock. It should cost around $14.

NUTRITION

Calories: 335 | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 454mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 259IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 310mg | Iron: 2mg
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