Homemade Starbucks Coffee Recipes

Make Starbucks Coffee Drinks in the Convenience of Your Own Home!

Homemade Starbucks recipes

Making your own Starbucks coffee drinks is not only cheaper, but it's more convenient. Avoid the long lines, tips for the barista, messed up orders, and high prices and opt for a homemade Starbucks coffee recipe instead. On this page, you'll find easy to make recipes for the classic Cafe Mocha, the Caramel Macchiato, and other favorite coffee recipes. If you have a recipe to share, please do so in the comments at the bottom of this page! 

Photo by Austen Squarepants on flickr

How to Make an Iced Latte

Make your own iced lattes at home with these quick, easy steps

Starbucks iced latte

The Starbucks Iced Lattes all follow generally the same approach: brew espresso, add syrup, add milk, add ice. While the formula might vary slightly between drinks, they all have this basic concoction that are simple to make. While you can make the syrups at home, you can opt to purchase the syrup containers as well. The clear liquid syrups, like vanilla, hazelnut, toffee, and the classic syrup are all relatively low priced and last a long time. Let's get started with some directions and ingredients.

What You'll Need to Make an Ice Latte:

  • 2-4 shots of freshly brewed espresso per drink
  • Cold milk (whichever kind you prefer)
  • Small ice cubes work best
  • Syrup or homemade syrup

How to Make It:

  1. First, brew the espresso. In a separate tall glass, add the syrup. Add the espresso to the syrup, then add the milk. Stir gently.
  2. Add the ice (about 2/3 of the cup should be full in a 12-16 oz container), then cover the drink and shake. Cups with lids and straws usually work best for homemade iced lattes.
  3. Add garnish to the top if desired, like whipped cream, nutmeg, or cinnamon.

For a classic recipe without syrup, you can use regular sugar. Dissolve the sugar with espresso and follow the directions above.

Photo of iced latte by Hiromoto on flickr, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

How to Make a Starbucks Iced Cafe Mocha

Iced or hot - replicate the classic Cafe Mocha

Starbucks Cafe Mocha

This is one of the most popular summertime drinks at Starbucks. Replicating it is pretty easy. You can buy the official powder to make it taste exactly the same, or you can use a high quality sweetened cocoa powder to achieve nearly the same results (you might even like it better). To start out, you'll need an espresso machine, milk, and ice. Smaller ice cubes tend to make the drink easier to sip and use with a straw.

Ingredients:

  • Cold milk
  • Small ice cubes (smaller cubes=colder drinks, and more will fit in your cup)
  • 2 Tbsp. Ground chocolate with a higher percentage of cacao, like Ghirardelli's mocha chocolate mix, or a good hot chocolate mix
  • 2-4 shots of freshly brewed, hot espresso
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

  1. Brew the espresso (2-4 shots, depending on how strong you like it). Pour the espresso into a large glass cup or drink mixer. Add the cocoa and mix until smooth with a spoon.
  2. Pour the milk into the mixture. Use a shaker to mix, or pour into a glass and let it mix when you pour.
  3. Add the ice. Use whipped cream if desired.

Photo of Starbucks Cafe Mocha by Doonvas on flickr, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

These Work Perfect for Iced Lattes

Insulated acrylic tumblers - perfect for iced drinks to keep them cold!

Starbucks To-Go cups are the perfect way to keep drinks cold and your hands sweat free (well, condensation free). These are double walled, so you'll never have condensation running on the outside of the cup. They keep it cold for a long time, and have a cool reusable straw that can be used over and over again. They're dishwasher safe for the top rack, too, so washing them is a snap.

Starbucks Cold Cup, Grande 16 fl oz
Starbucks
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  • Keeps drinks cold - great for when you're on the go!
  • Insulated double wall keeps drink dry and your hands dry too
  • Looks neat - and makes a cool gift idea for coffee lovers!

Starbucks Gingerbread Latte Homemade Recipe

The perfect seasonal coffee treat for the holidays

Gingerbread latte Starbucks

You can make your very own Gingerbread Latte right in your own home, without even buying any of the syrups. Making it yourself will also result in a spicier, more flavorful drink that's great for the holidays. Try serving it up with cinnamon or nutmeg on top for appearance.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Ginger
  • 1 1/4 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Espresso
  • Milk and ice

Directions:

  1. To make the syrup, heat the sugar and water in a saucepan. Add the ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla extract and heat on medium-low until it starts to boil. Simmer for 20 minutes to let the flavors combine. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
  2. Start off with a fresh cup, pouring 1-2 Tablespoons of the syrup into the cup (add to your liking depending on your sweetness preference, but 2 Tbsp should do it). Add the freshly brewed espresso to melt the syrup, stirring frequently. You can also choose to not dissolve the syrup, but most people don't like the thick hunks of syrup at the bottom.
  3. Add the milk, stirring to combine. Add the ice, then top with whipped and nutmeg if desired.

Gingerbread latte photo by Esparta Palma, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

The Best (Easy) Way to Make Espresso at Home

Just like your local coffee shop, only better

Essenza Manual C91 Espresso Machine Option: Black

While I can't say that I've personally tried Starbucks' version of a Nespresso machine, called the Verismo, I have read the reviews, and they seem to be pointing in favor of Nespresso. For one, Nespresso has a greater variety, has been around longer, and the machines are cheaper. The reviews of Nespresso are much more complimentary. I've owned a Nespresso machine (only two over the past ten years), and they make outstanding espresso that really can duplicate ANYTHING that Starbucks has to offer. 

You can also control the strength of the espresso, and steam your own milk fresh instead of the dehydrated milk pods that are available for the Verismo. To use this machine, just load a Nespresso pod, push the button, and make your latte/drink as normal. No grinding required, but you are required to order your pods through Nespresso exclusively, which is more of a luxury than a burden. They have free 2 day shipping last I checked, which is enough turn around time for avid coffee drinkers to stay well stocked. If you'd like to try the drinks Starbucks offers in a home setting, this machine is the way to go. Rated 4 stars on Amazon.

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How to Make a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato

Sweet, rich, espresso induldgance

Starbucks Caramel Macchiato

Hot or iced, the Caramel Macchiato is an incredible drink for any time of year. With sweet, cinnamony caramel combined with freshly brewed espresso and milk, it's a decadent treat for cold fall days or hot summer nights. Here's what you'll need to get started.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Fresh Brewed Shots of espresso
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Caramel Sauce
  • 1 cup whole milk (whole milk steams the best!)

Directions:

  1. This is one of the easier coffee drinks to replicate. Take the freshly brewed espresso, and melt the caramel by stirring with a spoon. Add the vanilla last, giving another brief stir.
  2. Add the milk. Steam the milk until an airy froth is achieved. Add to the caramel syrup mixture.
  3. Top with whipped cream and additional caramel syrup if desired. To make it iced, do not steam the milk, and add the milk to the caramel mixture, then add ice and whipped cream.

Photo of caramel macchiato by Ambernectar 13 on flickr, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

Starbucks Coffee Syrups

The key to making flavorful espresso based drinks at home

Starbucks coffee syrups

There are a number of syrups available from Starbucks that will allow you to make your own coffee drinks at home. This is convenient, and also a better deal than visiting your local cafe on a daily basis. Most of the syrups are available for sale at retail locations, but some can be harder to purchase and find. Greater discounts can also be found by shopping online at different websites selling the product. The syrup keeps perfectly, and doesn't need to be kept in a fridge. The syrups to right are fine examples of great deals on popular syrups.

Starbucks Syrups: Now Available on Amazon

Make incredible drinks like the Doubleshot, Vanilla Lattes and more

To replicate most Starbucks recipes, you'll need the right items on hand to complete the recipe. The key ingredient that makes each drink different is the flavored syrups, which are now available on Amazon. Each bottle contains enough syrup to make dozens of drinks. The savings is great, and also is a big convenience at home. These also taste great added to hot chocolate or alcoholic beverages! Even soda can use a little flavored syrup to give it a whole new taste.

 

Starbucks Vanilla Syrup (1-L.)
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Starbucks Peppermint Syrup (1-L.)
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Starbucks Hazelnut Syrup (1-L.)
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Starbucks Classic Syrup (1-L.)
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Syrups for Sale - Make Your Drink at Home!

Different varities on auction - rare finds and great deals

What's Your Favorite Starbucks Coffee Drink?

Tell us about your favorite drinks - and how to make them (if you know how!)

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Iced Cafe Mocha! (with a triple shot of espresso)
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Oh these homemade Starbucks coffee recipes look so good. Our weather is hot hot hot right now and the homemade iced latte looks so heavenly cool. I love this leaf. You did an amazing job on it. Just one suggestion - can you square your introduction photo? (Square introduction photos are recommended for Zujava.)
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Cheaper, and healthier too. I like to know what is in the foods that I eat, and when I make them at home I can control how much sugar goes in. I bought an expresso maker for my home, and at first I thought it was kind of a silly splurge, but it paid for itself in about a month! I make myself an iced mocha to take with me on my way to work every morning.
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Sheri Oz on said:
Caramel Macchiato!! I can't believe you have the recipe here for my absolute favourite drink! Thanks so much for this.
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Those Starbuck coffee's can get expensive but they taste oh so good. My favorite is the iced latte' and will certainly try your recipe. Thanks.
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I actually enjoy Coffee Bean! Lol. But this leaf is terrific, as is the new amazon large module!
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Seelyon on said:
my wife is hooked on Starbucks like many other people, I'm going to have to give her the recipes so she can drink it all the time and save us money!
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Anonymous on said:
So this whole post is based around marketing espresso machines, go kill yourself
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Anonymous on said:
So this whole post is based around marketing espresso machines, go kill yourself

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