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Indulge with a creamy and refreshing iced vanilla latte! This Starbucks special is the perfect pick-me-up, made with rich espresso, smooth vanilla syrup, and cold milk.

Iced vanilla latte
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Love a great iced vanilla latte at Starbucks? This creamy, dreamy beverage is the perfect pick-me-up on a hot day, or anytime you need a little boost. Even better, it’s so easy to whip up at home! Made with just a few simple ingredients—espresso, vanilla syrup, cold milk, and ice—it’s a versatile treat that can be enjoyed plain or customized to your liking. You’ll just need to make a delicious vanilla syrup, which takes just a few minutes to simmer on the stovetop.

What’s in an iced vanilla latte?

The iced vanilla latte is a Starbucks drink that combines espresso, vanilla syrup, ice, and cold milk. It’s a spin on the iced latte, a drink that’s the cold version of a latte (espresso plus steamed milk). An iced latte at Starbucks usually uses straight milk, but to simulate the steamed milk in a latte you can lightly froth it before adding it to the drink. Here’s what you’ll need to make an iced vanilla latte at home:

  • 1 double shot espresso
  • ¼ cup whole milk or oat milk
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons vanilla syrup, homemade or purchased
  • Ice
Iced vanilla latte

How to make a vanilla iced latte: basic steps

A vanilla iced latte is simpler to make at home than the hot vanilla latte, since you don’t have to steam or froth milk. Instead, you can shake the milk in a jar to add a bit of froth, or simply use cold milk. Here is an overview of the steps to make an iced latte (or jump to the recipe below):

  • Step 1: Make the vanilla syrup.
  • Step 2: Make a double shot of espresso.
  • Step 3: Froth ¼ cup whole milk by shaking it in a covered jar or whisking until frothy.
  • Step 4: Pour the espresso and 2 to 3 teaspoons vanilla syrup over ice. Add milk and serve.

How to make the espresso

The trickiest part of making an iced vanilla latte at home? Finding the best espresso method. The optimal method is an espresso machine, but they’re expensive and not accessible for most home baristas. There are several different methods for how to make espresso without a machine, which we’ve listed below.

Before you start, make sure to use espresso roast coffee beans. It’s important to get the right dark, bitter flavor. Use a fine grind on the espresso beans. Some brands we recommend: Illy, Starbucks or Intelligentsia. The best methods for making espresso at home are:

Vanilla Syrup

Making vanilla syrup at home

It’s not worth going out to find a store-bought vanilla syrup for your vanilla iced latte (unless of course you already grabbed one at Starbucks!). It takes just minutes to make and uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Here’s how to make vanilla syrup:

  • Combine sugar and water: Place ½ cup each granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan on the stove.
  • Heat until dissolved: Heat over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until fully dissolved. Do not simmer!
  • Stir in vanilla: Remove from the heat and add 2 teaspoons vanilla. Cool to room temperature before using.

That’s it! You can store it refrigerated for up to 1 month, though the flavor is best in the first few weeks.

How to make an iced vanilla latte

More iced coffee and tea drinks

That’s all you need to know to make an iced vanilla latte at home: we hope you find it tastes as good as Starbucks! Let us know any questions in the comments below. And if you’re looking for more iced coffees and tea lattes, we’ve got you covered! Here are a few more Starbucks specials you can make at home:

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Iced vanilla latte

Iced Vanilla Latte


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x

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Indulge with a creamy and refreshing iced vanilla latte! This Starbucks special is the perfect pick-me-up, made with rich espresso, smooth vanilla syrup, and cold milk.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 shots espresso (2 ounces or ¼ cup)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons vanilla syrup
  • ¼ cup whole milk (or oat milk for vegan)
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Make the espresso: Make the espresso using an espresso machine, manual espresso maker, French press, or Moka Pot.
  2. Froth the milk: Place the milk in a covered jar and shake until foamy.
  3. Serve: Add the espresso to ice-filled glass. Stir in the vanilla syrup and top with the frothed milk. Enjoy immediately.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Espresso
  • Cuisine: Coffee
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!