Copycat Starbucks Vanilla Spice Latte

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

Yield: makes 2

Vanilla Spice Latte - Make a vanilla spice syrup so you can start your day with a vanilla spice latte. Skip the coffee shop and stay home instead.

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.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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This Post Has 145 Comments

  1. Alina

    Simple – Iced Coffee. DELICIOUS!

  2. Sean

    so many to choose from, but at top of my list would be caramel latte.

  3. abby

    my favorite coffee drink is a vanilla latte

  4. Ellen

    Love this! Is a milk frother the best way to do he milk? How would you do froth without one?

  5. Ang

    I love cafe latte – no flavorings added!

  6. Cristin

    wow what a great giveaway! I have been making coffee at home now and my milk technique needs improvement! I have also been looking at those mugs! Thanks for the recipe and giveaway!

  7. Lisa

    mmm I imagine that vanilla syrup could also be used for so many other great goodies. I bounce between favorite coffee drinks. I can never wait until fall when Starbucks gets their pumpkin spice lattes though.

  8. Molly

    I love my simple black coffee!

  9. Tieghan

    I have NEVER had iced coffee. I think I need to give it a try!

  10. grace

    white chocolate mocha, hands down. πŸ™‚

  11. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

    I adore a cinnamon dolce latte πŸ™‚

  12. Elizabeth

    When I’m not having drip coffee, I love a good soy caramel macchiato!

  13. Trina A

    I love Caramel Lattes

  14. Ronda

    I tend to drink breves.

  15. Karen H.

    I’m a sucker for the Caramel Frappucino. Those things are so dang delicious.

  16. ashley

    caramel macchiato!

  17. erin

    Iced lattes

  18. ami@naivecookcooks

    I love all kinds of coffee based drinks especially Chai latte!

  19. Jen R

    I love cinnamon lattes!

  20. Melissa A.

    If you don’t have to much space, you can look into container gardening. You can always move those containers around, or even put them in the front of your house. I have also seen some really cool wall gardens. Even baskets that you can hang on a wall or a post could be really useful.

  21. Kari M

    I always order a hazelnut latte but at home I just drink it strong with cream.

  22. Melissa A.

    Oh and for the contest, my favourite coffee drink is just regular coffee, with milk and sugar.

  23. Emily

    My favorite coffee drink changes with the seasons….so since I’m anxious for it to warm up my favorite right now is an iced coffee with milk and splash of vanilla! I’ll have to try this vanilla spice syrup in it!

  24. Ffion McKeown

    i had a pumpkin spice latte for the first time in december (i live in the uk) and it was pure magic! i’m such a fussy coffee drinker, i need A LOT of foam so this would be amazing to win! thank you for the opportunity πŸ™‚ x

  25. Jacy

    This looks amazing! I love the idea of making a vanilla spice latte without some store mix with lots of unpronounceable ingredients. Thank you for posting! And my favorite drink is a simple cappuccino made with a really delicious espresso roast.

  26. Melanie

    This looks delicious! What a great giveaway!

  27. Melanie

    I forgot to add my favorite coffee drink is a latte. πŸ™‚

  28. Aisha L

    For the contest… I enjoy any coffee with cinnamon and hazelnut but by far my ‘go to’ would def be a vanilla bean latte πŸ˜€

  29. Vicki T.

    Iced Mocha is my favorite?

  30. Morgan Winkler

    Have you every checked out vertical gardening? Also I live in Seattle and this nonprofit offers some great advice and awesome books about urban gardening https://seattletilth.org/

    For the contest my favorite is a caramel macchiato-made with homemade caramel!

  31. Sonja

    My favorite coffee drink is a vanilla latte!

  32. melissa@IWasBornToCook

    double espresso, straight up!

  33. Marisa @MargaritasInTheRain

    Caramel Soy Latte!

  34. Bree

    I love vanilla anything, but I’d have to say my favorite coffee drink is a soy cinnamon dulce latte.

  35. Nikki

    latte with honey

  36. Cindy Myers

    In the fall, pumpkin lattes using my homemade syrup, in the summer vanilla or chai!

  37. Nicole H

    My favorite is some good strong coffee with just a bit of skim milk, my husband is caramel macchiato:)

  38. Jane

    I love my Almond Breezee – and I love my vanilla lattes – sounds like a great recipe

  39. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I like plain coffee…or a chai tea latte every once and a while.

  40. bo

    I love Macchiatos!

  41. Nichol Perez

    love a caramel and vanilla latte mixed

  42. curtis

    plain latte

  43. Tiffany

    I love all sorts of coffee!

  44. Lynda M.

    Chai Tea Lattes are my fave!

  45. Lissa

    I really like a chai mocha πŸ™‚

  46. Lynn

    My favorite coffee drink is definitely the “Purple Haze Mocha” made by my local coffee shop. It’s mocha with blackberry added to it. Yum!

  47. Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such

    My coffee changes with each season….ice coffee/ice latte time is just around the corner….

  48. Ally

    Soy lattes!

  49. Mark

    Nothing beats an Americano!

  50. Jessica Valentin

    I like a good ole Vanilla Latte. Nothing too fancy here! Haha πŸ™‚ Yum!

  51. Ahu

    I love a classic latte but adore cardamom in my coffee too!

  52. Sarah

    I love the caramel brulee lattes, but a regular latte is my (almost) daily drink.

  53. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    So cool!! I want a frother!

  54. Amanda

    My favorite drink is an iced coffee with cream and vanilla! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  55. Jess

    I love iced coffee…but a great cappuccino is also a fav of mine! πŸ™‚

  56. Hollie

    I love lattes!

  57. Mindy

    I like me coffee to subtly sweet, not overpowering. Gotta love a basic latte – this sounds delicious!

  58. Lori

    I love vietnamese coffee (ca phe sua da in vietnamese)!

  59. Megan

    This looks good! I have been really into adding some raw cacao powder into my coffee lately.

  60. Heather Hicks

    I love a cappuccino!

  61. Naomi

    I enjoyed the vanilla spice latte, although I found it to be quite tea-like, maybe its just the relation between chai tea lattes to it, seemed quite similar.
    My favourite coffee depends on where I go; its either caramel macchiato or a flat white πŸ™‚

  62. meredith

    I like a mocha latte!

  63. Melissa

    Vanilla latte with whip!

  64. N.M.

    Daily–French press coffee. Annually–Starbucks Eggnog Latte!

  65. Audrey

    I like making frappuccinos in my blender with frozen almond milk, instant coffee, and stevia.

  66. Heather Spooner

    My local coffee shop sells a drink called The Mona Lisa. Not sure what all the ingredients are, but its my fave coffee drink. Thanks!

  67. Michelle

    Probably a white chocolate mocha.

  68. Kelsey

    Most of the time, my favorite coffee drink is just that, black coffee, but every so often I like to treat myself to a nice frothy cappuccino.

  69. TJ

    My favorite coffee is straight up drip coffee, splash of milk, no sugar.

  70. Corisa

    iced coffee!

  71. Jill

    Frappucinos–does that even count? πŸ˜‰

  72. rosanne tejeda

    i LOVE STARBUCKS PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE! WHEN NOT IN SEASON I USUALLY DO THE WHITE MOCHA!

  73. nadyezhda

    Decaf almond latte sounds like heaven… So does a good cappuccino!

  74. Stephanie

    A good, foamy cappuccino does wonders for the heart!

  75. Tracy

    Does chai count as a coffee drink? That would be my favorite for sure.

  76. Staci A

    I love french vanilla coffee with coconut creamer.

  77. Christy

    Just a brewed coffee with cream and sugar always makes my day!

  78. Deb in Indiana

    expresso.

  79. Kristen

    I love caramel macciatos! so yummy!

  80. MaryB

    I have three favorites – plain bold or extra bold coffee, plain latte and a peppermint mocha!

  81. Skye

    Peppermint white chocolate mocha–heavenly!

  82. Julie

    I love the lattes at my local coffee shop, and think you would, too — they make their own vanilla syrup with real vanilla beans. I love all the little black vanilla flecks in the foam!

    I also noticed that you’re reading Grow Great Grub — one of my favorite gardening books!

  83. Molly

    Soy chai latte! Perfect afternoon pick-me up

  84. Lily Sheng

    Eggnog latte, it’s what got me interested in coffee, really!

  85. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    I tried the vanilla spice latte and wasn’t really a fan…I think it was too cardamom-y for me! But making it at home would be a perfect way to customize the spice levels πŸ™‚

    I am a tea drinker, so I love to get chai lattes when I go to a coffee shop!

  86. Dorene

    Skinny latte!!

  87. sara

    My husband and I are obsessed with making the perfect mocha.

  88. Holly NewellI

    I love vanilla Lattes!!!

  89. Meredith

    Viennese

  90. Stephanie

    This looks delicious! My favorite drink is plain coffee with vanilla whipped cream! And if you are interested in organic gardening you should look into beneficial nematodes! They are a microscopic worms that live in the soil and hunt down pest insects. You can use them as a natural & safe form of pest control. Check out http://www.biologicco.com if you want to know more πŸ™‚ Happy gardening!

  91. Rebecca Lovell

    I love a Mocha!

  92. Rosalia

    This looks delicious!

  93. Rosalia

    Vanilla Latte!

  94. Erin Hibshman

    I have 2 favorites: In the summer I LOVE cold brewed Vietnemese iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk. In the fall and winter I just enjoy a vanilla latte or butter toffee latte.

  95. Stephanie

    Hmm… I think my favorite coffee drink would have to be a good vanilla latte. Basic, but delicious!

  96. Puneet

    Cafe Mocha πŸ™‚

  97. Anita

    I manage a coffee shop so I love coffee in every form but really a great cup of good ‘ol regular coffee is what my signature drink is! I love using a french press, I think it makes the best cup of coffee in all the land.

  98. Tianna Sicilia

    I love Vanilla Lattes!

  99. Ann

    I don’t drink coffee all the time, but when I do it has to be worth it! I love iced french vanilla.

  100. Maria

    I like pumpkin flavored all year long!

  101. aprila

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

  102. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos

    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!

  103. Kim C.

    My favorite coffee drink is a Mocha Coconut Latte

  104. Laura C

    A latte!

  105. Angela

    Anything with pumpkin or cinnamon!

  106. Kristin

    I love caramel machiattos.

  107. Emily D.

    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!

  108. Amanda

    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. πŸ™‚

  109. Kimberly

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

  110. Jessica P.

    My favorite coffee drink is a plain almond milk latte.

  111. megan

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

  112. Heather

    anything gingerbread or pumpkin flavored is delicious.

  113. dayanna

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

  114. Alec P.

    My favorite coffee drink is a caramel macchiato.

  115. Deborah

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

  116. lisa milone

    almond milk latte with vanilla!

  117. Kaitlin

    Cafe au Lait!

  118. Cori

    A latte. I’ll take on anytime.

  119. liz

    Love the white chocolate mocha, calorie laden and all πŸ™‚

  120. Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen)

    this looks awesome!!!! i’d love one for myself!

  121. Linda L

    Caramel anything!

  122. Angela

    Carmel machiattos are my favorite! Tone would be so proud of me if I used a French Press! πŸ™‚

  123. Monica

    I love a Peppermint White mocha on a cool day πŸ™‚
    …and Caramel Macchiatos on a warm day !

  124. Deepa

    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.

  125. Daiva

    I love Mocha Coconut Latte

  126. Julie

    love lattes
    thansk

  127. Zuri

    Sounds yummy! Would love to win one of those things! πŸ™‚

  128. Valerie

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

  129. Donna

    Espressos!

  130. Margaret

    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.

  131. Julie

    Caramel macchiato

  132. Bobbi

    I like a caramel macchiato!

  133. Linda

    Caramel macchiato

  134. Amy L

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

  135. DJ

    Black coffee and chai lattes!

  136. Angie

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

  137. Pat

    I like peppermint lattes

  138. dena

    Coffee … with a ton of milk. And Brown sugar.

  139. Marie

    Regular espressos

  140. Meryl

    I like espresso mixed with a little hazelnut.

  141. Louis

    Decaf espresso with a touch of half & half.

  142. Lucy

    Lattes

  143. Jody

    This is off the chain good!! Thank you for this wonderful recipe! Keep them comin! πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      I’m so glad!

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