Vanilla Iced Coffee

What’s better than a milky sweet vanilla iced coffee? It’s so simple to make this Starbucks classic at home, and…

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What’s better than a milky sweet vanilla iced coffee? It’s so simple to make this Starbucks classic at home, and it tastes even better.

Vanilla iced coffee

Love a good iced coffee? Welcome to a drink that’s one step better: vanilla iced coffee! The bitter, dark notes of coffee shine with a hint of milk and deliciously sweet homemade vanilla syrup. The best part: it’s so simple to whip up this Starbucks special in your home kitchen! All you need are a handful of ingredients and just a few minutes. This drink is built on cold brew, which we always have a jar of in our refrigerator. It’s perfect in summer but honestly, we drink it year round and I adore it in the winter, dreaming of summer afternoons to come.

Ingredients in vanilla iced coffee

Vanilla iced coffee is simple to make at home, so there’s no need to even leave the comfort of your own home for the coffee shop! Even better, in the long run it’s less expensive than a daily Starbucks run (especially if you make your own cold brew at home). Here’s what you need for vanilla iced coffee:

Vanilla Iced Coffee

Best coffee methods for iced coffee

There are lots of options for coffee when it comes to iced coffee. Our favorite is cold brew, because it has the best strong coffee flavor and it’s easy to find at your local grocery store. You can also make it at home, which saves loads of money. Here are the best coffee methods to try:

  • Buy or make cold brew. Purchased cold brew is of course the easiest, but it can get pricey. You can also make your own cold brew, which takes just 24 hours. All you need are 1 ½ cups ground dark roast coffee and water, and it will brew in your refrigerator. Go to How to Make Cold Brew.
  • Make a double strength pot of coffee using your favorite method and double the grounds. Dark roast coffee beans work best for iced coffee.
  • Make regular strength Moka Pot coffee. The Bialetti makes a nice bold, strong flavor for iced coffee.

How to make vanilla iced coffee: basic steps

Iced coffee is much simpler to make than espresso drinks, since you don’t have to worry about making espresso or frothing milk! Instead, you can just pour cold milk into coffee with ice. Here is an overview of the steps to make vanilla iced coffee (or jump to the recipe below):

  • Step 1: Make the vanilla syrup.
  • Step 2: Fill a glass with ice.
  • Step 3: Add ½ cup strong coffee or cold brew, ¼ cup milk, and 2 teaspoons vanilla syrup to the glass. Stir and enjoy! You can adjust the level of sweetness to taste by adding another teaspoon of vanilla syrup.
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.

Store homemade vanilla syrup refrigerated for up to 1 month, though the flavor is best in the first few weeks.

Vanilla iced coffee

More iced coffee drinks

We hope you think this vanilla iced coffee tastes just as good as Starbucks: or better! You can control the sweetness and milk level to taste, making it endlessly customizable.

This vanilla iced coffee recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Vanilla iced coffee

Vanilla Iced Coffee


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

Description

What’s better than a milky sweet vanilla iced coffee? It’s so simple to make this Starbucks classic at home, and it tastes even better.


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Make the strong coffee and let it cool to room temperature, or purchase or make cold brew coffee
  2. Fill a glass with ice. Pour in the cold brew coffee concentrate (not diluted), milk, and vanilla syrup. Mix and taste; adjust milk and vanilla syrup as desired. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Coffee
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Vanilla iced coffee

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Iced White Chocolate Mocha

This iced white chocolate mocha is a revelation! It’s the perfect pairing of white chocolate, bitter espresso and creamy milk.…

A Couple Cooks – Recipes worth repeating.

This iced white chocolate mocha is a revelation! It’s the perfect pairing of white chocolate, bitter espresso and creamy milk.

Iced white chocolate mocha

Here’s a coffee drink you absolutely must try making at home: the Iced White Chocolate Mocha! This homemade version is loads better than Starbucks, in our opinion. Something about the sweet earthy white chocolate combined with bitter espresso and creamy milk is a revelation. Take one sip and you’ll raise your eyebrows in appreciation (we did!). It’s even better than the classic iced mocha with chocolate…but we’ll let you be the judge. Here’s how to make this easy drink at home, using a covered jar and your favorite espresso method!

What’s in an iced white chocolate mocha?

The iced white chocolate mocha is a Starbucks coffee drink made with espresso, milk and white chocolate, served over ice. It’s a variation on the hot mocha or mocha latte, made with espresso, steamed milk and chocolate.

A Starbucks white chocolate mocha uses a white chocolate sauce to sweeten. But when you’re making it homemade, try real white chocolate mixed in with the espresso! It results in a beautifully rich, nuanced flavor that’s much better than Starbucks. You can top an iced white mocha with whipped cream or cold foam (we prefer cold foam). Here are the ingredients you’ll need to whip up an iced white mocha at home:

  • Espresso
  • Milk (use oat milk for vegan or dairy-free; it’s the best non-dairy milk for frothing)
  • Simple syrup
  • White chocolate chips
  • Cold foam or whipped cream
Iced white mocha

Espresso methods

The only part of making an iced white chocolate mocha that requires some technique? Making the espresso. The best option for flavor is an espresso machine, but they are expensive and not accessible to everyone. Luckily, there are lots of alternative methods for making espresso without a machine! Here are our top

  1. Espresso machine: The flavor of the espresso with a countertop espresso machine is top quality! Go to How to Make Espresso for instructions.
  2. Manual espresso maker: The next best option? A small manual espresso maker: it’s cheaper and portable.
  3. French press: French press espresso has great flavor using this cheap and accessible coffee maker.
  4. Moka Pot (Bialetti): Moka Pot coffee is like a mix between drip coffee and espresso, and works well here.

How to make an iced white chocolate mocha

All you need to make an iced white chocolate mocha at home, outside the espresso? A covered jar! You’ll shake up the hot espresso with white chocolate and the heat melts the chocolate. Here’s an outline of what to do (or jump to the recipe below):

  • Shake the hot espresso and white chocolate chips in a covered jar. This melts the chocolate into the coffee. Add milk and pour it into the ice-filled glass.
  • Make the cold foam or whipped cream. We prefer cold foam; see below!
Cold foam

How to make cold foam

Traditionally a Starbucks iced white chocolate mocha is topped with whipped cream, but you can also request it with cold foam. Cold foam is lighter and frothier, only lightly sweet and low in calories. We prefer it to whipped cream, which is rich and heavy. But you can use whatever you like! Here are a few notes on making cold foam at home:

  • Cold foam is frothed nonfat milk used for topping cold coffee drinks like iced coffee, cold brew, and more. This Starbucks invention simulates the frothy topping of the steamed milk in a latte, but at a cold temperature so it doesn’t melt when hitting the drink.
  • What do you need to make cold foam? Skim milk and a milk frother. You can also use a French press, but the milk frother works best. At $12, it’s absolutely worth the purchase in our book.
  • How to do it? Go to How to Make Cold Foam.

And that’s it! We hope you love this iced white chocolate mocha as much as we do: it’s a favorite iced coffee drink over here. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Iced white chocolate mocha

More iced coffee drinks

Love a great iced coffee drink? They’re great in any season, though they’re particularly refreshing in the summer. Here are some favorite iced coffee drinks we love:

This iced white chocolate mocha recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, use oat milk and vegan whipped cream.

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Iced White Chocolate Mocha (Better than Starbucks!)


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

Description

This iced white chocolate mocha is a revelation! It’s the perfect pairing of white chocolate, bitter espresso and creamy milk.


Ingredients

  • 2 shots espresso or strong coffee (2 ounces or ¼ cup)
  • 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips (or purchased white chocolate sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (or oat milk for vegan)
  • 1 recipe cold foam or whipped cream (optional; use vegan whipped cream for vegan)
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Make the espresso:  Make the espresso using an espresso machine, manual espresso maker, French press, or Moka Pot. Go to How to Make Espresso for instructions.
  2. Shake: Place the hot espresso and white chocolate chips in a covered jar: vigorously shake until melted. Stir in the milk and pour into an ice filled glass.
  3. Top with cold foam: Make the Cold Foam and top the glass with cold foam.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Espresso
  • Cuisine: Coffee
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Iced white chocolate mocha, iced white mocha

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Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

Step into the season with an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte! It’s easy to make at home and has a refreshingly…

A Couple Cooks – Recipes worth repeating.

Step into the season with an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte! It’s easy to make at home and has a refreshingly cozy flavor.

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

If there’s one drink that’s perfect for ushering in the cool weather, it’s the Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte! This Starbucks special might be a little basic, but honestly: we’re here for it. Make it at home and it’s even better than at a coffeeshop: creamy and cozy-spiced, with a hint of vanilla and real pumpkin puree. It’s easy to whip up this pumpkin drink and when you take the first sip: you’ll want to make it on repeat.

What’s in an iced pumpkin spice latte?

The iced pumpkin spice latte is a chilled spin on the hot latte of the same name, first launched by Starbucks in 2003. An iced latte is made with espresso, milk, and ice. The pumpkin spin on it uses real pumpkin puree, pumpkin spices and maple syrup to make a cozy, autumnal spin on the classic. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this iced latte at home:

  • Espresso (or strong coffee)
  • Pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • Maple syrup
  • Milk of any type
  • Pumpkin pie spice blend
  • Ice
Iced pumpkin spice lattee

How to make an iced pumpkin spice latte: basic steps

Here’s the outline of how to make an iced pumpkin spice latte at home:

  • Step 1: Make a double shot of espresso.
  • Step 2: Froth ¼ cup whole milk with ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spices by shaking it in a covered jar or whisking until frothy.
  • Step 3: Stir the espresso with 1 tablespoon each pumpkin puree and maple syrup.
  • Step 4: Add the milk and serve with ice.
Pumpkin pie spice

Use purchased or homemade pumpkin pie spices

Many pumpkin recipes use pumpkin pie spice blend, a mix of warming spices that are typically used in pumpkin pie. You can use a purchased blend, or if you can’t find it make it homemade. To make it homemade, mix together the following:

  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Espresso making methods (or use strong coffee

The hardest part of an iced pumpkin spice latte? Making the espresso! There are several methods for homemade espresso. You can also substitute very strong coffee. Make sure to use espresso roast coffee: it’s important to get the right dark, bitter flavor. Some brands we recommend: IllyStarbucks or Intelligentsia. Then, use one of the following espresso methods:

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

Use any type of milk

This iced pumpkin spice latte works with any type of milk you like! The best dairy milks are whole milk and 2%. For a non-dairy option, we like oat milk: it has just the right creamy texture and lightly sweet flavor. Almond milk also works, but it has a sharper, nutty flavor.

Step it up: add whipped cream!

If you like, you can top this iced pumpkin spice latte with whipped cream or dairy free whipped cream! But honestly: it doesn’t need it (especially if you’d like to keep the calories down). We usually drink it without, but of course we had to do it for the photo!

More iced lattes and coffee drinks

Love a good iced latte? There are so many tasty lattes and iced lattes to try: and we’ve got homemade versions of all your Starbucks favorites! Try these lattes:

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Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte


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

Description

Step into the season with an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte! It’s easy to make at home and has a refreshingly cozy flavor.


Ingredients

  • 2 shots espresso (2 ounces or ¼ cup strong coffee)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup whole milk, 2% milk or oat milk
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spices (purchased or homemade)
  • Ice
  • Whipped cream or dairy-free whipped cream, to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the espresso: Make the espresso using an espresso machine, manual espresso maker, French press, or Moka Pot. (Or, substitute strong coffee.)
  2. Froth the milk: Place the milk and pumpkin spice blend in a covered jar and shake until foamy.
  3. Serve: Add the espresso, pumpkin puree and maple syrup to a glass and stir until combined. Top with the frothed milk. If desired, top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with additional pumpkin spice.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Espresso
  • Cuisine: Coffee

Keywords: Iced pumpkin spice latte

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