I have a not-so-secret confession to make: I am obsessed with coffee. Especially from fancy overpriced cafes, like Starbucks. I would happily spend over 20 bucks a week to enjoy a 4 dollar Frappuccino every morning. Or Iced Hazelnut Macchiato. *drool*Unfortunately, I don’t have enough money to spend on expensive coffee drinks, and I’m sure many people feel the same way as I do, but don’t want to give up on their beloved rich, milky espresso drinks. So, I’ve been trying to recreate Starbucks-style drinks at home, for almost no cost at all. Beside baking, making coffee drinks is one of my favorite things to do, and there was even a point in my life when I dreamed of becoming a barista.
Anyway, this recipe that I created is pretty darn close to an iced latte at Starbucks. The key is espresso: I have a Nespresso machine at home, which makes it easy to get shots of rich, dark-roasted espresso. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you could substitute cold coffee, left over from the morning.
Café-Style Iced Latte:
1 shot of espresso, for example Nespresso brand (medium strength, like Volluto), or leftover strong-brewed coffee
Sweetener to taste: Monin syrup ( I like to use the vanilla one), or any flavored syrup, simple syrup, or Agave nectar ( I tried it, tastes great)
Milk (I use 2 %, but half-and-half or whole milk would be good as well)
- Pull one shot of espresso in a tall glass (or brew some strong coffee).
- Let espresso come to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled.
- Sweeten to taste with your choice of sweetener: coffee syrup, simple syrup, or Agave nectar.
- Add a big handful of crushed ice.
- Top with milk until it reaches the top of the glass.
- Stir and serve chilled.