Cool down with this sweet Iced Vanilla Latte all summer. It is a refreshing way to get your daily cup of Joe and easier than you would think to whip up!
I have been known to visit our local Starbucks on the regular. This girl LOVES coffee.
When I realized I almost always order the same drink, I figured it was time for me to get my barista on. After a few tried and failed attempts, I have managed to make the very BEST: Iced Vanilla Latte Recipe!
- Quick and Easy: This recipe is ready in ten minutes! That is less time than getting in your car and driving to Starbucks!
- Minimal Ingredients: You only need 3 ingredients. Most shelf stable for weeks.
- Budget Friendly: You will save big bucks by ditching the coffee shop drive thru.
What You’ll Need:
After making this recipe I decided I should be a barista. Or really, anyone could be a barista. Not that I am super amazing at making coffee beverages but THIS latte is so so simple. You really cannot go wrong when you only have a few basic ingredients and this tastes EXACTLY like the Starbucks vanilla latte recipe.
- Coffee: Or Espresso. We’ve made it using both and it tastes delicious. Try French Pressed (affiliate) or Cold Brew Coffee (<< My recipe. It’s so easy!)!
- Milk: Or cream.
- Vanilla SYRUP: You can find it on Amazon here (affiliate). They even have a sugar free version.
TIP: Make sure you have a quality strong brewed coffee would be my only tip and you will be golden!
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Step By Step Instructions:
- Start with QUALITY ingredients. This is where you will get most of your flavor.
- Decide if you want to use strong brewed coffee or espresso. We have gone both ways but I personally prefer coffee.
- Mix all of your ingredients and enjoy!
Tips and FAQ’s:
This is a question I am asked constantly. A vanilla iced latte is espresso or strong brewed coffee that is chilled over ice and sweetened with a touch of cream and vanilla syrup.
There are only a handful of basic ingredients in this recipe; coffee, milk, and flavored syrup. I have mentioned twice that quality is key. So what do I mean by quality ingredients?
Ideally, you want to grind your own coffee beans. This will give you the freshest flavor. However, it’s not necessary in a pinch.
Purchase coffee other than Folgers. I’m not bashing them by any means, I just prefer the taste of Peet’s, Gevalia, or Green Mountain if I’m using ready to brew coffee.
Use whole milk or cream.
Do not use sugar free syrup.
Yes! You can use a strong cup of brewed coffee, or even cold brew, in place of the espresso in this recipe. The end result will be equally delicious. The only suggestion I have is to make sure you add a little less syrup if substituting with a less bold flavor coffee.
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- 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, or two shots of espresso
- 1 cup milk or cream
- 1/2 cup vanilla syrup, more or less to taste
- Divide your coffee between two ice filled glasses.
- Top each off with half of the milk and half of the syrup. Stir and enjoy.
Add more or less syrup per your tastes. I like 1-2 tablespoons, but also like a more bold coffee flavor. My sister, on the other hand, likes the full 1/2 a cup. Start with a small amount and add additional as needed.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 0gSugar: 75gProtein: 5g
calorie count is an estimate using 2% milk. If you use sugar free syrup calories will drop to 150 calories.
This post was originally published June 2016. It has since been updated to include clear instructions and images.