Starbucks Iced Vanilla Latte Copycat

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Easy recreation of the popular Starbucks iced drink made in just 2 minutes with 4 ingredients. Skip Starbucks and make this perfectly sweet and refreshing drink at home!

Two glasses filled with Iced Vanilla Latte.

Recipe Highlights

  • Starbucks Iced Vanilla Latte is a cold coffee drink made with espresso, ice, milk, and vanilla syrup. It’s a customization of an Iced Latte by flavoring and sweetening it with vanilla syrup.
  • To recreate this iced drink, make espresso in a Nespresso or espresso machine.
  • This Starbucks copycat recipe makes a grande (16 ounces) Iced Vanilla Latte.

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Ingredient Notes

Iced Vanilla Latte ingredients.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Four photo collage showing steps to make an Iced Vanilla 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 vanilla syrup.
  3. Add milk.
  4. Top with ice.

Using a Nespresso

A latte is always made with espresso and to make espresso at home, the easiest way is with a Nespresso machine.

My Splurge Nespresso Pick

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It’s a splurge but worth it. This Nespresso machine only makes espresso and comes with a built-in steam wand to froth milk for lattes.
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1 shot of espresso = 1 Nespresso espresso capsule

To make this grande size Iced Vanilla Latte, you’ll need 2 Nespresso espresso capsules.

Nespresso partnered with Starbucks to create Starbucks capsules and there are 3 Starbucks capsules that make espresso: Espresso Roast, Decaf Espresso Roast, and Blonde Espresso Roast.

The Iced Vanilla Latte at Starbucks is made with their signature espresso roast, so go with the Espresso Roast if you want it to taste as close as possible to the one at Starbucks.

Nespresso Starbucks Espresso Vertuo capsules
Nespresso Starbucks Espresso Original capsules

But, I recommend the Blonde Espresso Roast since it’s more popular and better reviewed.

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

Expert Tips

  • Instant coffee can be used if you don’t have espresso. Combine 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and ¼ cup hot water to replace the 2 shots of espresso in the recipe.
  • Homemade vanilla syrup can be made ahead of time. Make a batch and use it to make several iced vanilla lattes.
  • Instead of homemade, 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.
  • Customize the drink by topping the drink with Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam!

Questions You May Have

What’s in Starbucks Iced Vanilla Latte?

Starbucks makes this drink with the same 4 ingredients that’s in this copycat recipe: ice, 2% milk, 2 shots of espresso, and 4 pumps of vanilla syrup in a grande.

Can I make this drink with cold brew or cooled down coffee?

For a drink to be a latte, it needs to be made with espresso. You can use strong coffee or cold brew but it won’t have the same taste as using espresso.

How much ice goes into a Starbucks iced drink?

Starbucks iced drinks are half ice. So a grande 16 ounce drink has 8 ounces of ice.

Tall glass with Iced Vanilla Latte.

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Starbucks Iced Vanilla Latte Copycat

Author: Jee Choe
A refreshing and delicious Starbucks copycat recipe.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 2 shots of espresso (2 Nespresso espresso capsules)
  • ¼ cup vanilla syrup
  • 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 vanilla syrup and milk. Top with ice.

NOTES

  • Starbucks uses 2% milk in all their iced lattes but you can use any milk you like including almond milk or oat milk.
  • Instant coffee can be used if you don’t have espresso. Combine 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and ¼ cup hot water to replace the 2 shots of espresso in the recipe.
  • Homemade vanilla syrup can be made ahead of time. Make a batch and use it to make several iced vanilla lattes.
  • Instead of homemade, 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.
  • Customize the drink by topping the drink 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:
    Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast
    Nespresso Vertuo capsules
    Nespresso Original capsules

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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