This rich creamy Starbucks copycat Iced Caramel Macchiato is a breeze to make at home. Just 4 ingredients and this coffee drink get ready in under 5 minutes.
About This Recipe
Love Starbucks drinks but hate spending those dollars? Then you have landed at the right place my friend! I have been experimenting a lot creating some of the popular Starbucks ‘ drinks lately.
After successfully re-creating their Chocolate Chip Frappe, Iced Vanilla Latte, Caramel Latte, Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew, and Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte, I experimented with their super-popular Iced Caramel Macchiato recipe. The happy news is that after a few tries, I have a recipe that I am very proud of.
This Starbucks copycat Iced Caramel Macchiato is refreshing, creamy, and super delicious with strong coffee and caramel flavors. It comes together in under 5 minutes using 4 simple ingredients. This DIY Starbucks drink is gluten-free and can be easily made vegan. You can also double or triple the recipe as per your requirement.
Milk – Use any milk that you like – whole, skim, low fat, or plant-based, all works great. I personally like to use whole milk for a creamier coffee.
Vanilla Syrup – You can make vanilla syrup at home using my simple recipe or buy a bottle. If buying the vanilla syrup, try to get the Starbucks syrup to achieve a very authentic Starbucks taste.
Caramel Syrup – You can make caramel syrup at home or buy a bottle. If buying, try to get Starbucks syrup for a very authentic taste. Ghirardelli’s caramel syrup also tastes great.
Espresso – Make fresh espresso if you have an espresso maker. If not, then you can use espresso coffee pods too.
You can also brew strong coffee using any of your preferred methods and use it in place of espresso. I have used a Vietnamese Filter, South Indian Filter, and a Moca Pot to brew strong coffee and used it in this recipe. All of these taste fabulous.
French Press Cold Brew is also a great option.
Ice Cubes – Finally, you will need lots of ice cubes!
You can also top the coffee with whipped cream with a caramel drizzle on top, yum! Extra caramel is always good, right?
How To Make Iced Caramel Macchiato
Pour 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup into a tall serving glass.
Fill the glass ¾th with ice.
Pour ¼ cup chilled milk and top it with 2 shots of espresso (or ¼ cup strong brewed coffee).
Note – There is no need to cool down the espresso (or the coffee). Add it to the glass soon after brewing for best-tasting coffee.
Tip – Use chilled milk to keep the coffee cool for a longer time.
Add some more ice cubes to fill the glass. Now drizzle 1 tablespoon caramel sauce on top and serve the coffee immediately with a stirrer. Stir well before drinking.
You can also top the glass with whipped cream and drizzle with more caramel sauce before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
To make vanilla sugar syrup, you just need three ingredients,
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
½ tablespoon vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan, add water and sugar. Boil on medium-high heat until the mixture thickens. This will take about 8 to 10 minutes.
Once done, remove the pan from the heat. Add in vanilla syrup and cool it down to room temperature. Store it in a clean glass jar for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Yes, dissolve 2 teaspoon instant coffee powder in ½ cup water and use it in the place of espresso in the recipe.
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Iced Caramel Macchiato Recipe
- 1 tablespoons vanilla syrup
- ¼ cup chilled milk (whole, skim, low fat or plant-based)
- 2 shots espresso (or use ¼ cup of strongly brewed coffee)
- 1 tablespoons caramel sauce
- ice cubes (as required)
- Pour vanilla syrup into a tall serving glass.
- Fill the glass ¾th with ice.
- Pour chilled milk and top it with espresso (or strongly brewed coffee).
- Add some more ice cubes to fill the glass. Now drizzle caramel sauce on top and serve the coffee immediately with a stirrer. Stir well before drinking.