You really don’t need a lot of ingredients to turn regular coffee into your favorite Starbucks drink. If you have a bottle of coffee syrup on hand, you can easily make tasty vanilla lattes or iced caramel lattes at home. It’s easy!
If you’ve always struggled to justify paying $5 for coffee drinks when they’re so inexpensive (and so easy) to make at home, this post is for you.
You don’t have to follow those 10-ingredient copycat recipes. Coffee, fresh milk and your favorite syrup are all you need to make your favorite drink at home.
And it isn’t just about the savings – when you make your own coffee at home you can easily adapt the recipe and make it dairy-free. Or, you can use less sugar to make it slightly healthier.
How to use coffee syrup?
At Starbucks, they use 1 pump for 8 ounce drink, 2 pumps for 12 ounce drink, and 3 pumps for a 16 ounce drink.
How many tablespoons in a pump of syrup? Usually 1 pump = 1/2 tbsp = 1/4 ounce.
I do like to use more syrup for better taste, so I would use at least 1 tablespoon per 8 ounce drink and 2 tablespoons for a 16 ounce drink.
For example, if you want to make a vanilla latte, you’ll need 1/2 cup coffee, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup, and sugar. Brew coffee and stir in 1 tbsp vanilla syrup. Froth the milk, or heat the milk until steaming, and whisk until frothy using a small whisk or a fork. Slowly add frothed milk to your coffee. Sweeten to taste.
To make an iced vanilla latte, choose one of these iced coffee recipes depending on the brewing method you’re using and add a few pumps of vanilla syrup. It’s that easy!
If you love coffee as much as I do, here’s a list of delicious coffee recipes that you can easily make at home.
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