Starbucks Iced Mocha Copycat

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A copycat of the Iced Mocha at Starbucks that can easily be made at home. Espresso and chocolate made iced and topped with fluffy, homemade whipped cream! Takes 5 minutes to make from start to finish.

Starbucks Iced Mocha copycat drinks topped with whipped cream.

Recipe Highlights

  • Starbucks Iced Caffè Mocha, or simply Iced Mocha, is a drink made with espresso, mocha sauce, milk, and ice. It’s topped with whipped cream.
  • Mocha is a chocolate flavored latte and the main ingredients are chocolate, espresso, and milk.
  • This copycat drink recreates the Starbucks recipe so it tastes as close to their version as much as possible. This recipe makes a grande (16 ounce) Iced Mocha.
  • Espresso made in an espresso machine or Nespresso will make the best tasting drink.

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Ingredient Notes

Homemade Starbucks Iced Mocha ingredients.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Four photos showing steps to make homemade Starbucks Iced Mocha.

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

  1. Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup using a handheld milk frother.
    It takes about a minute to create fluffy whipped cream. Set aside.
  2. Pour chocolate syrup and espresso into a cup. Stir together.
    Use 2 Nespresso espresso pods or pull 2 shots from an espresso machine.
  3. Add milk, then ice.
  4. Top with whipped cream.
    Use a spoon to add the whipped cream on top of the drink.

Using a Nespresso

The quick and easy way to make espresso at home is with a Nespresso machine.

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1 shot of espresso = 1 Nespresso espresso capsule

To recreate the Starbucks drink, you’ll need 2 Nespresso espresso capsules or 1 double espresso capsule.

You can use any espresso capsule but if you want the taste to be as close to Starbucks as possible, use the Starbucks Nespresso capsules.

Nespresso Starbucks Espresso Vertuo capsules
Nespresso Starbucks Espresso Original capsules

Starbucks also makes blonde espresso capsules for both Vertuo and Original machines, which are more popular than the regular espresso capsules.

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Expert Tips

  • Instant coffee can be used if you don’t have a way to make espresso at home. Combine 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and ¼ cup hot water to replace the 2 shots of espresso in the recipe.
  • Good quality chocolate will make the drink rich and flavorful. The secret to my delicious homemade chocolate syrup is the cocoa powder I use. You can use the chocolate syrup to make hot chocolates too.
  • Chocolate syrup and vanilla syrup can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
  • Like the whipped cream made at Starbucks, this copycat recipe is made with vanilla syrup in the whipped cream but you can easily swap out the vanilla syrup with 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Instead of buying Starbucks vanilla syrup on Amazon or Ebay (and pay more than double the price), get it at a Starbucks location by asking if they have any to sell. If they have extra in stock, they can sell it to you for about $14.
  • Instead of whipped cream, make it with Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam!

Questions You May Have

How is Iced Mocha made at Starbucks?

A grande (16 ounces) Iced Mocha is made with 2 shots of espresso, 4 pumps of mocha sauce, 2% milk, ice, and topped with whipped cream.

What’s in Starbucks mocha sauce?

Water, sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, and natural flavor.

Is there caffeine in the Iced Mocha?

Yes, there’s a caffeine in the espresso and also a little caffeine in the chocolate sauce.

Adding whipped cream to homemade Starbucks Iced Mocha.

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Starbucks Iced Mocha Copycat

Author: Jee Choe
A copycat of the Iced Caffè Mocha at Starbucks that can easily be made at home.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

Iced Mocha

  • ¼ cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 shots of espresso (2 Nespresso espresso capsules)
  • ¾ cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup ice

Whipped Cream

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup using a handheld milk frother. 
    Whisk until you get stiffer peaks, which should take about a minute. Make sure to move the handheld milk frother up and down to get air into the heavy cream. Set aside.
  • Pour chocolate syrup and espresso into a cup. Stir together.
    Use 2 Nespresso espresso pods or pull 2 shots from an espresso machine.
  • Add milk, then ice.
  • Top with whipped cream.
    Use a spoon to dollop the whipped cream on top of the drink.

NOTES

  • Starbucks makes all their lattes with 2% milk but you can use any kind of milk you like.
  • Instant coffee can be used if you don’t have a way to make espresso at home. Combine 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and ¼ cup hot water to replace the 2 shots of espresso in the recipe.
  • Good quality chocolate will make the drink rich and flavorful. The secret to my delicious homemade chocolate syrup is the cocoa powder I use. You can use the chocolate syrup to make hot chocolates too.
  • Chocolate syrup and vanilla syrup can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
  • Like the whipped cream made at Starbucks, this copycat recipe is made with vanilla syrup in the whipped cream but you can easily swap out the vanilla syrup with 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Instead of buying Starbucks vanilla syrup on Amazon or Ebay (and pay more than double the price), get it at a Starbucks location by asking if they have any to sell. If they have extra in stock, they can sell it to you for about $14.
  • Instead of whipped cream, make it with Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam!

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: Starbucks Espresso Roast

NUTRITION

Calories: 557 | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 1055IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 271mg | Iron: 2mg
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