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Starbucks Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte Recipe

Make a Starbucks Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte at home with this quick and easy recipe. Tips from a barista, including the best espresso roast to use and proper amount of vanilla syrup to add, are included.
Starbucks Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte.

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Recipe Overview

  • An Iced Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte is an iced espresso beverage made with light roast espresso, vanilla syrup, chilled milk and ice.
  • This recipe recreates an Iced Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte by using similar ingredients and proportions to the real Starbucks drink, with tips provided by a barista.
  • Like all Starbucks espresso drinks, this iced latte recipe is made with espresso (not drip-brewed coffee) so you need an espresso machine or a Nespresso.
  • Since this is an iced latte, the milk is not steamed; therefore, a steam wand or milk frother is not necessary.
  • This recipe makes the equivalent of a grande Starbucks cold drink which is 16 ounces.

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How Starbucks Makes an Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte

To make a homemade blonde iced vanilla latte taste as close as possible to a true Starbucks drink, be sure to make the espresso with light roast coffee.

Blonde roast has a sweeter, smoother feel compared to dark roast, and pairs perfectly with vanilla.

In addition, blonde roast is slightly more caffeinated (if that matters to you).

Amount of Espresso & Syrup

It’s also important to use similar proportions of syrup, espresso and milk as Starbucks.

Since this drink is an espresso-based, cold beverage it comes in the following Starbucks cup sizes: tall (12 fl. oz.), grande (16 fl. oz.), and venti cold (24 fl. oz.)

Here’s how many shots of espresso and pumps of syrup the barista adds to the cup when making an iced blonde vanilla latte.

Tall Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte
Shots of Blonde Espresso: 1
Pumps of Vanilla Syrup: 3

Grande Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte
Shots of Blonde Espresso: 2
Pumps of Vanilla Syrup: 4

Venti Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte
Shots of Blonde Espresso: 3
Pumps of Vanilla Syrup: 6

BARISTA TIP: One regular size pump of Starbucks syrup equals about 1 tablespoon.

Order Barista Adds Ingredients to Cup

  1. Vanilla syrup or sugar-free vanilla syrup is pumped directly into the cup.
  2. Shot(s) of espresso are pulled from the machine and then poured over the syrup.
  3. Milk is poured into the cup to the third black line.
  4. A scoop of ice tops off the iced latte.

At-home Ingredients

Bag of blonde roast espresso, bottle of Starbucks vanilla syrup, milk and ice for making an iced blonde vanilla latte.
The Starbucks copycat recipe for an iced blonde vanilla latte only has 4 ingredients.

Blonde Roast Espresso: For a drink as close as possible to Starbucks, I recommend using Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast.

Vanilla Syrup: Homemade vanilla syrup is easy to make with three ingredients and is very cost effective.

You can also buy Starbucks vanilla syrup from the barista IF they have enough in stock. It costs around $12-14 depending on the location. Otherwise, you can order Starbucks vanilla syrup or sugar-free vanilla syrup online.

Milk: The standard milk Starbucks uses for iced lattes is 2% milk. You can substitute this with your preferred dairy milk or plant-based milk, if desired.

Filtered Ice: Starbucks ice is made with triple-filtered water giving it an exceptionally crisp taste. To make filtered ice at home, you can use a Brita water filter pitcher.

Steps to Make an Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte at Home

Starbucks blonde roast espresso being pulled from machine to make an iced blonde vanilla latte.
Pulling a double shot of blonde espresso to make a grande size Starbucks iced vanilla latte.

Now that you’ve seen exactly how Starbucks makes an Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte, here are the steps I use to make the same drink at home:

  1. Begin by pulling 2 shots of espresso into a shot glass or make 2 Nespresso pods
  2. While the shots are pulling add vanilla syrup to a 16 ounce cup.
  3. Pour the espresso over the syrup.
  4. Add ice and cold milk.

Scroll down to the recipe card below for the full drink recipe including ingredients, quantities, instructions and notes.

Questions You May Have

How can I buy Starbucks vanilla syrup?

Starbucks sells small bottles of vanilla syrup in major stores. To get a large bottle of Starbucks syrup like the baristas use, you may be able to buy one from the barista along with a pump, if they have enough stock on-hand. This is the best option since it only costs around $14, depending on location. You can also buy bottles of genuine Starbucks syrup online. Finally, Fontana brand makes Starbucks syrup, and is also available online.

How do I make a skinny iced vanilla latte at home?

Skinny Starbucks drinks are made with sugar-free vanilla syrup and typically, non-fat milk. To make a skinny iced vanilla latte at home, you will need to buy a bottle of sugar-free vanilla syrup. Otherwise, you can flavor your latte with vanilla extract and use a sugar substitute to add sweetness.

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Starbucks Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte.

Starbucks Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte

Yield: 16 ounces
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Easy DIY Starbucks Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte recipe that you can make home in minutes saving you time and money. This iced espresso-based vanilla latte features blonde roast espresso combined with sweetened vanilla syrup and creamy milk.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces blonde roast espresso
  • 1/4 cup vanilla syrup
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Make 2 shots of espresso using Starbucks blonde roast coffee beans Pull the shots into a shot glass. For Nespresso machines, use Starbucks blonde roast Nespresso capsules. Be sure to use 2 capsules for the strongest-tasting espresso.
  2. While the shots are being prepared, add the vanilla syrup to the bottom of a 16 ounce cup.
  3. Pour the espresso shots over the syrup.
  4. Add milk. Starbucks uses 2% milk for iced vanilla lattes, but you can use your preferred milk.
  5. Fill the glass with ice and stir to combine.

Notes

  • To make a grande size iced blonde vanilla latte at home, you will need a cup at least 16 ounces.
  • To make the equivalent of a tall iced latte, use 1 shot of espresso and 2-3 tablespoons vanilla syrup.
  • To make the equivalent of a venti iced vanilla latte, use 3 shots of espesso and 5-6 tablespoons vanilla syrup (about 1/3 cup).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 16 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 0gSugar: 50gProtein: 8g
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