Iced Vanilla Latte
This Iced Vanilla Latte recipe uses the same formula as Starbucks! It’s creamy, delicious, and easy to make with vanilla simple syrup, espresso, and milk.
Indulging in a fancy overpriced coffee shop drink is fun once in a while, no doubt. But have one of those every day and you’ll quickly realize how much you spend in a week!
About this recipe
Learning how to make a delicious, thick, creamy, chilled drink at home, will not only impress your bank account but you may just end up forgetting about storebought coffee altogether.
It’s ready in 5 minutes, so you’ll be able to pour it in your travel mug to have on your way to work or enjoy on a hot afternoon. The optional whipped cream topping makes it an after-dinner dessert and all the extra calories worth it.
Keep this simple recipe handy and have this Starbucks copycat on a Dunkin’ donuts budget anytime you want!
There’s never been an easier, more delicious way to enjoy your morning espresso than this iced vanilla latte. Go ahead and give it a shot! It’s perfect with buttermilk pancakes!
What You Need
- Ice – Puts the ice in iced.
- Vanilla simple syrup – I used Torani
- Espresso – Use your favorite.
- Milk – Can use skim, 1% or 2%
- Whipped cream – optional topping
How to Make It
Fill a 12-14 ounce glass about ¾ full with ice.
Pour in the vanilla simple syrup and espresso.
Add milk and stir to combine.
Top with whipped cream, if desired.
A latte, or café latte if you’re fancy, is a simple drink made of espresso and steamed milk. It’s normally served hot but when you add ice to it, it becomes an iced latte. Then from there, you can take it up a notch with different flavored syrups! The addition of a classic sweet simple vanilla syrup takes it from a basic coffee to a decadent treat.
Yes it is. A simple syrup is a thick syrup consisting of sugar and water. With vanilla extract added to the mixture it then becomes a flavored simple syrup. This means, that not only can you use vanilla, but there are a ton of other options too!
Iced coffee is typically cold-brewed coffee with ice. It can contain milk, cream, or nothing at all. An iced latte is milk mixed with a shot of espresso then poured over ice.
How to Make this Latte Your Own
- Any milk can be used in this recipe. It’s technically not a latte anymore if you use it, but cream can also work!
- Alter the sweetness level by reducing the amount of vanilla syrup. You can also use sugar-free syrup.
- If you have an espresso machine or Nespresso machine, these will be the easiest way to get your coffee made. Otherwise, you can use a bold roast in a french press.
- Using brewed coffee makes this a café au lait, but it still works!
- If you’re really in a pinch, you can use instant espresso.
- Swap out the vanilla simple syrup for a variety of other flavors. Try caramel, peppermint, cinnamon, almond, and mocha!
- Omit the simple syrup completely and sweeten it with a natural sweetener and a bit of vanilla extract.
- To make this plant-based, or non-dairy, use almond milk, coconut milk, or cashew milk. It will no doubt change the flavor profile a bit, but it still works!
Make ahead tips
You can prep the espresso the day before. Keep it chilled in the fridge and enjoy the next day! Once blended and on ice, it’s best served immediately.
More great sips
Love a specialty beverage? Try these:
- Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
- Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa
- Apple Cider Mimosa
- Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
Get the Recipe: Iced Vanilla Latte
- 1 ounce vanilla simple syrup such as Torani
- 1 ounce espresso
- 8 ounces milk
- Whipped cream optional topping
- Fill a 12-14 ounce glass about ¾ full with ice.
- Pour in the vanilla simple syrup and espresso.
- Add milk and stir to combine.
- Top with whipped cream, if desired.
- Any milk can be used in this recipe.
- Vanilla syrup can be reduced if desired or a sugar free syrup can be used.
- Espresso Options: Having an espresso machine will make this recipe the easiest. If you have a Nespresso machine, that will work too. The next best option is to use a bold roast in a french press. If you use brewed coffee this is actually a café au lait. Lastly, if you’re really in a pinch, you can use instant espresso.