How to Make a Starbucks Vanilla Latte

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Starbucks Vanilla Latte

You could really go for a Starbucks Vanilla Latte, but there's no Starbucks nearby--or maybe you're trying to save a few bucks. No problem, you can whip one up at home. You'll need vanilla syrup which you can get at Starbucks, or you can make your own vanilla syrup. And while you can always make espresso using a stove top espresso maker, an espresso machine with a frother will make steaming the milk much easier.

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Source: Kansir
Offered by Starbucks[1]
Customer service phone 800-Starbuc (800-782-7282)[2]
Served as Coffee beverage
Main ingredients Espresso, milk, vanilla syrup
Cooking method Brewing, steaming
Similar to Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
Author Selena Robinson

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Starbucks Vanilla Latte Ingredients

  • 10 ounces steamed milk
  • 1.5 ounces espresso
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla syrup[3]
  • Whipped cream, optional[4]

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Starbucks Vanilla Latte Equipment

You'll need an espresso machine with frother, or stovetop espresso maker. Starbucks sells espresso machines, but you may find better deals at stores that sell kitchen appliances or online. If you don't have a frother, you'll need a jar with a lid and a microwave.

Starbucks Vanilla Latte Recipe

  1. Steam the milk according to the instructions included with your frother. To use your microwave, pour milk or cream into a jar. Shake the jar (with the lid on!) for at least thirty seconds. Remove the lid and microwave the milk for thirty seconds.[5]
  2. Brew the espresso according to the machine's instructions. (If you're frothing milk in a jar, brew the espresso and microwave the milk when the espresso is nearly done.) Pour espresso into a cup.
  3. Add two tablespoons of vanilla syrup, or more or less to taste.
  4. Add the steamed milk, using a spoon to hold the foam in the jar. Spoon the foam on top.[6]

How to Make a Starbucks Vanilla Latte Video

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  • To make your own vanilla syrup, combine 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. Refrigerate unused syrup in a tightly closed jar. You can also try replacing some of the sugar with brown sugar for a bit of a caramel flavor.
  • You can also make milk foam in your blender by microwaving the milk on high for about 30 seconds, then pouring it into the blender. Blend the milk until it's foamy.[7] If you have a handheld egg beater, you can use that to foam the milk instead.[8]
  • To make a lower-calorie version of this drink, replace the vanilla syrup with 1 tsp. agave nectar and 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract.[9] You can also use sugar-free vanilla syrup and skim milk to make a lighter Vanilla Latte.[10]

Also See: How to Make Starbucks Vanilla Syrup, How to Make a Starbucks Iced Vanilla Latte, How to Make a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, How to Make a Starbucks Frappuccino, How to Make an Iced Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, How to Make a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, How to Make a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte, Free Starbucks Coupons