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vanilla spice latteI love winter. I really do, I love snow and being cold, and even the short days. But even I get anxious for spring to arrive. Last year, we missed the growing season and could not have a garden because we were in between houses. This year, we have the teeny-tiniest yard and have to be really creative with planning a garden in such a small space. I do not have a green thumb, but I am always hopeful. A few afternoons ago, it was cold and rainy, I made myself a latte and started daydreaming about our summer garden. I have been reading some books on gardening in small spaces and am amazed at how much yield you can get from a few feet of garden space. Do you have any tips to share about planning a garden?

I was so excited when Starbucks did their vanilla campaign. I love vanilla anything, and usually order a vanilla soy latte. I fell in love with the vanilla spice latte, but it is gone already! I think that was only around for a month. I loved them so much that I had to create a copycat version. I think that I like mine better. The vanilla spice syrup keeps for a few weeks in the fridge and would make a really nice Christmas gift. I know that a latte is usually made with espresso, but I just use a dark roast coffee. Bodum sent me a french press and milk frother to use and I am thrilled with how easy it was to get a coffee shop quality latte from my kitchen. I don’t drink milk, so I used Almond Breeze, and the result was a light and frothy latte. A treat on a cold, winter afternoon.

vanilla spice latte recipe1 cup water
1 cup Dixie Crystals sugar
3 cardamom pods
2 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
Nutmeg
4 Tablespoons coarse ground coffee
16-ounces very hot (but not boiling) water
1 cup Almond Breeze Almond Milk

vanilla spice latte recipeIn a medium saucepan, combine water and sugar. Crush cardamom pods and add to the pot. Break the cinnamon sticks in half, add the vanilla bean and grate some nutmeg into the mixture.

copycat starbucks vanilla spice latte recipeBring to a boil, cook until the sugar is dissolved. Let the syrup come to room temperature.

vanilla spice latte recipeI transferred the syrup to a mason jar to cool because I needed my saucepan for something else.

vanilla spice latte recipePour the syrup through a sieve. Pour into a bottle. I like to keep the vanilla bean in the bottle, I think that it looks pretty.
french press coffeeAdd the coffee to the bottom of the french press.

french press coffee recipePour water over the beans and stir with a wooden spoon. Top with the plunger, but do not press it down yet.

how to make french press coffeeLet the coffee sit for 4 minutes. Press the plunger down.

how to use a bodum frotherFill the frother with cold almond milk to the fill line. Microwave for 30 to 60 seconds.

how to use bodum frotherFroth until the milk triples in volume.

vanilla spice latte recipeAdd a Tablespoon or two of vanilla spice syrup to the bottom of the cup. Fill halfway with coffee.

copycat vanilla spice latte recipeFill the rest of the cup with frothed milk.

copycat starbucks vanilla spice latte recipeGrate nutmeg on top. Or add a dash of extra cinnamon.

Vanilla Spice Latte

Vanilla Spice Latte

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Dixie Crystals sugar
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
  • Nutmeg
  • 4 Tablespoons coarse ground coffee
  • 16-ounces very hot (but not boiling) water
  • Almond Breeze Almond Milk

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water and sugar. Crush cardamom pods and add to the pot. Break the cinnamon sticks in half, add the vanilla bean and grate some nutmeg into the mixture.
  2. Bring to a boil, cook until the sugar is dissolved. Let the syrup come to room temperature. Pour the syrup through a sieve. Pour into a bottle. I like to keep the vanilla bean in the bottle, I think that it looks pretty.
  3. Add the coffee to the bottom of the french press. Pour water over the beans and stir with a wooden spoon. Top with the plunger, but do not press it down yet. Let the coffee sit for 4 minutes. Press the plunger down.
  4. Fill the frother with cold almond milk to the fill line. Microwave for 30 to 60 seconds. Froth until the milk triples in volume.
  5. Add a Tablespoon or two of vanilla spice syrup to the bottom of the cup. Fill halfway with coffee. Fill the rest of the cup with frothed milk. Grate nutmeg on top.
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144 Responses to Vanilla Spice Latte [Bodum French Press and Frother Giveaway]

  1. Maria says:

    I like pumpkin flavored all year long!

  2. aprila says:

    That looks good.. I need a cup of that right about now…

  3. This looks fantastic! I’m a sucker for the hazelnut machiatto at Starhell lately. My wallet is ready to take out a restraining order. Your photos are amazing!
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  4. Kim C. says:

    My favorite coffee drink is a Mocha Coconut Latte

  5. Laura C says:

    A latte!

  6. Angela says:

    Anything with pumpkin or cinnamon!

  7. Kristin says:

    I love caramel machiattos.

  8. Emily D. says:

    I haven’t tried too many different coffee drinks other than black coffee and mochas, but it would be fun to experiment with it at home and find a new drink!

  9. Amanda says:

    I love vanilla and spice in my coffee – this recipe has the best of all worlds! Am going to make this! I love the beautiful Bodum pot, too. :)

  10. Kimberly says:

    YUM!!!
    I tried this as far as I could, and it was DELICIOUS. Oh my! I love Almond Milk and this was delightful. THankyou!!!

  11. Jessica P. says:

    My favorite coffee drink is a plain almond milk latte.

  12. megan says:

    Oh my gosh, I need this! This looks so good and my coffee maker just broke!! Great giveaway!

  13. Heather says:

    anything gingerbread or pumpkin flavored is delicious.

  14. dayanna says:

    looks so good. I would love to try that syrup in black tea latte as well.

  15. Alec P. says:

    My favorite coffee drink is a caramel macchiato.

  16. Deborah says:

    Looks lovely, I’d love to win. As it says nothing about who can enter, I’m getting in there hopefully with a chance.
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  17. lisa milone says:

    almond milk latte with vanilla!

  18. Kaitlin says:

    Cafe au Lait!
    Kaitlin recently posted..“Jim Dandy on the Cape” Cocktail

  19. Cori says:

    A latte. I’ll take on anytime.

  20. liz says:

    Love the white chocolate mocha, calorie laden and all :)

  21. this looks awesome!!!! i’d love one for myself!
    Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen) recently posted..Healthy Creamy Tomato Orzo Soup

  22. Linda L says:

    Caramel anything!

  23. Angela says:

    Carmel machiattos are my favorite! Tone would be so proud of me if I used a French Press! :)

  24. Monica says:

    I love a Peppermint White mocha on a cool day :)
    …and Caramel Macchiatos on a warm day !

  25. Deepa says:

    Oh this looks soo good…my fav is caramel Machiato….u need to make more copycat drinks…it will save us quite a bit of money.

  26. Daiva says:

    I love Mocha Coconut Latte

  27. Julie says:

    love lattes
    thansk

  28. Zuri says:

    Sounds yummy! Would love to win one of those things! :)

  29. Valerie says:

    I love caramel brulee lattes that Starbucks has during the holidays…so good!

  30. Donna says:

    Espressos!

  31. Margaret says:

    straight up black coffee or a macchiato with regular milk if I am feeling like dairy. As a typical Portlander I take my coffee very very seriously.

  32. Julie says:

    Caramel macchiato

  33. Bobbi says:

    I like a caramel macchiato!

  34. Linda says:

    Caramel macchiato

  35. Amy L says:

    I like a French press with a shot of caramel syrup and cream

  36. DJ says:

    Black coffee and chai lattes!

  37. Angie says:

    The Black Forest at coffee bean and tea leaf. I need to create a sugar free version soon.

  38. Pat says:

    I like peppermint lattes

  39. dena says:

    Coffee … with a ton of milk. And Brown sugar.
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  40. Marie says:

    Regular espressos

  41. Meryl says:

    I like espresso mixed with a little hazelnut.

  42. Louis says:

    Decaf espresso with a touch of half & half.

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