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Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Copycat

Author: Jee Choe
A recreation of a classic Starbucks drink.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving


  • 2 shots of espresso
  • cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla syrup
  • 2 teaspoons caramel sauce


  • Froth milk.
    Use the steam wand in an espresso machine. If no steam wand, heat milk on the stovetop (low, on simmer) or in the microwave. Pour heated milk into a French press and move plunger up and down until milk doubles in volume.
  • Assemble drink.
    Put vanilla syrup into a mug, then add frothed milk. Pour espresso shots into the cup and top with a drizzle of caramel sauce.


  • For a drink to be called a Caramel Macchiato, the vanilla syrup and frothed milk needs to go into the cup first, then the espresso followed by the caramel drizzle. It's the espresso crema mark on top of the milk that makes it a Caramel Macchiato. 
  • If the espresso goes in first, then the milk, then it's just a latte since it would be missing the drink's signature espresso crema mark in the milk. 
  • The drink is intended to be layered and not mixed together. Drink it as it, without stirring. You'll taste the caramel drizzle with the milk first, then get more of the espresso as you keep sipping.
  • Nespresso makes an espresso-style coffee and it would be the closest to an authentic espresso made in an espresso machine. You can also use strong coffee, made double-strength in a coffee machine or French press.
  • To make this drink with strong coffee, use 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup coffee.
  • Make a batch of homemade vanilla syrup ahead of time. It'll keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • Starbucks makes theirs with 1 shot for a short (8 ounces) and tall drink (12 ounces) and 2 shots for a grande (16 ounces) and venti (20 ounces). You can use 1 or 2 shots of espresso, depending on how strong you want the drink.


    Calories: 253 | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 322mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 199mg | Iron: 2mg
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