Here’s how to make an iced vanilla latte! This Starbucks special is easy to whip up at home and tastes deliciously sweet and creamy.

Iced vanilla latte

Love a great iced vanilla latte at Starbucks? Guess what: it’s easy to make this tasty drink in the comfort of your own home! There’s something about an iced latte that’s irresistibly sippable: creamy, ice cold and scented with bittersweet coffee. This one is vanilla scented, which infuses another layer of cozy into the refreshing drink. You’ll make a homemade vanilla syrup, which takes just a few minutes to simmer on the stovetop. Get ready to be your own barista!

What’s in an iced vanilla latte?

The iced vanilla latte is a Starbucks drink that combines espresso, vanilla syrup, ice, and 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:

  • Espresso
  • Milk: whole milk or oat milk
  • Vanilla syrup, homemade
  • Ice
Iced vanilla latte

How to make a vanilla iced latte: basic steps

Here’s the outline of how to make a vanilla iced latte at home:

  • 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. Of course, 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 that we’ve researched: here’s what we found!

  • Espresso roast coffee: First, make sure to have the right 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
  • Espresso machine: An espresso machine is the best option: it makes incredible espresso but it’s pricy.
  • Portable espresso maker: manual espresso maker is a great affordable option that makes very good espresso.
  • French press: French press espresso also works well if you have this coffee tool.
  • Moka Pot: Or, make very strong espresso-like coffee in a Moka Pot (Bialetti). It works impressively well!
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 might already have in your pantry. Here’s an outline of 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


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

Description

Here’s how to make an iced vanilla latte! This Starbucks special is easy to whip up at home and tastes deliciously sweet and creamy.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 shots espresso (2 ounces or ¼ cup)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons vanilla syrup (or simple 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

Keywords: Iced vanilla latte

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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