Starbucks Iced Latte Copycat

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Espresso, milk, and ice are the only 3 ingredients needed to make this refreshing Iced Latte Starbucks copycat. See how easy it is to recreate this caffeinated drink at home.

Iced Lattes in glass cups.

Recipe Highlights

  • Starbucks Iced Latte is a drink made with their signature dark roast espresso, ice, and milk. It doesn’t come sweetened unless you request it to be made with a simple syrup.
  • This copycat drink recreates the Starbucks recipe using Starbucks espresso roast. The recipe makes a grande (16 ounces) Iced Latte.
  • A latte has to be made with espresso, so to make this drink at home, use an espresso machine or a Nespresso.
  • An Iced Latte is the base drink for a lot of Starbucks favorites like Iced Vanilla Latte (Iced Latte + Vanilla Syrup) and Iced Mocha (Iced Latte + Chocolate Syrup).

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Ingredient Notes

Iced Latte ingredients.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Three photos showing steps to make an iced latte.

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

  1. Put espresso into a cup.
    Use 2 Nespresso espresso pods or pull 2 shots from an espresso machine.
  2. Add milk.
  3. Top with ice.

Using a Nespresso

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2 shots of espresso = 2 Nespresso espresso capsules

To make this 16 ounce (grande) Starbucks Iced Latte drink, you’ll need 2 Nespresso Starbucks espresso capsules.

Starbucks makes their Iced Latte with their signature dark roast espresso so to recreate the drink, use the Starbucks Nespresso capsules:
Nespresso Starbucks Espresso Vertuo capsules
Nespresso Starbucks Espresso Original capsules

You can also use any 2 Nespresso espresso or ristretto capsules or 1 double espresso capsule but don’t use any of the 7.77 Vertuo coffee capsules.

Expert Tips

  • To sweeten without adding flavors, use a simple syrup, which will mix into the drink the easiest. Use flavored simple syrups like vanilla to sweeten and flavor the drink.
  • There are many ways to customize an Iced Latte. Use blonde espresso instead of a dark, swap out espresso shots with ristretto, or top the drink with vanilla sweet cream cold foam.
  • If you don’t have an espresso machine or a Nespresso, you can use instant coffee. Combine 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and 1/4 cup hot water to replace the 2 shots of espresso in the recipe.
  • Out of all espresso-based drinks, lattes are made with the most milk. If you want more of a coffee taste, use less milk or add another shot of espresso.

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Questions You May Have

What’s in Starbucks Iced Latte?

There’s just 3 ingredients: milk, ice, and brewed espresso.

How much caffeine is in Starbucks Iced Latte?

If you order a grande Iced Latte at Starbucks, it’ll contain 150 mg of caffeine.

How many espresso shots are in an Iced Latte?

At Starbucks, a tall (12 ounces) is made with just 1 espresso shot, a grande (16 ounces) has 2 espresso shots, and a venti is made with 3 espresso shots.

Is the Iced Latte sweetened at Starbucks?

Nope, you’ll need to add syrups to sweeten.

Iced Latte in a cup.

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Starbucks Iced Latte Copycat

Author: Jee Choe
Espresso, milk, and ice are the only 3 ingredients needed to make this refreshing Iced Latte.
4.7 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 2 shots of espresso (2 Nespresso espresso capsules)
  • ¾ cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup ice

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put espresso into a cup.
    Use 2 Nespresso espresso pods or pull 2 shots from an espresso machine.
  • Add milk and ice.

NOTES

  • Starbucks uses 2% milk for their Iced Lattes but you can use any milk you like including almond milk or oat milk.
  • To sweeten without adding flavors, use a simple syrup, which will mix into the drink the easiest. Use flavored simple syrups like vanilla to sweeten and flavor the drink.
  • There are many ways to customize an Iced Latte. Use blonde espresso instead of a dark, swap out espresso shots with ristretto, or top the drink with vanilla sweet cream cold foam.
  • If you don’t have an espresso machine or a Nespresso, you can use instant coffee. Combine 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and 1/4 cup hot water to replace the 2 shots of espresso in the recipe.
  • Out of all espresso-based drinks, lattes are made with the most milk. If you want more of a coffee taste, use less milk or add another shot of espresso.

Using A Nespresso Machine

 
  • 1 shot of espresso = 1 Nespresso espresso capsule
  • To make a 16 ounce (grande) Starbucks drink, you’ll need 2 Nespresso espresso or ristretto capsules. You can also use 1 Vertuo double espresso.
  • With the Vertuo machine capsules, only use espresso capsules and not the coffee capsules that make 7.77 ounces.
  • Recommended Nespresso capsules to make Starbucks drinks at home:
    Nespresso Original: Starbucks Espresso Roast
    Nespresso Vertuo: Espresso Roast

NUTRITION

Calories: 96 | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 350mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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