If you’re anything like me, you enjoy splurging on an occasional Frappuccino or iced coffee from Starbucks. It varies from person to person, but I usually spend right around five bucks each time I go through the drive-thru. And that’s before I add my much needed espresso shot!
It’s ok to treat yourself to one of these delicious treats from time to time. But for caffeine addicts, like me, they can become a really expensive habit. Even one or two iced coffees a week adds up quickly.
Here are a few recipes I’ve tried at home to recreate some of my favorite Starbucks drinks. It’s easier to customize them to your liking and the savings are a nice bonus too!
- ¾ cup fresh espresso or double strength coffee
- ¾ cup milk (if you have a dairy allergy or are simply watching your calories, try substituting the milk for soy milk or almond milk!)
- 3 table spoons caramel
- Just a pinch of xanthan gum (this keeps the drink from separating)
- 2 cups of ice
- Combine coffee and xanthan gum in a blender. Blend for about 30 seconds.
- With the xanthan gum blended, add milk, ice and caramel and blend until ice is completely crushed and blended with all of the other ingredients
- Top with whipped cream and caramel sauce, if desired. Enjoy!
Iced Chai Tea Latte
- 4 cups water
- 8 chai tea bags
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 cup half-and-half
- If you’re watching your calories, try substituting the half-and-half for soy milk or almond milk!
- Bring the water to a boil
- Once the water has reached a boil, add the chai tea bags and mix in the brown sugar
- Remove from heat.
- Pour in half-and-half, almond milk or soy milk and let the chai latte cool to room temperature
- Serve over ice!
This recipe makes about four servings.
White Chocolate Mocha – (My personal favorite)
- 2/3 – cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup white chocolate baking chips
- 1/2 cup freshly brewed coffee
- Whipped cream
- Ground cinnamon
- White chocolate shavings
- Combine milk and chocolate chips in a saucepan and heat until the white chocolate chips are completely melted
- Pour about 1/4 cup of the milk mixture into a large coffee mug.
- Add about 1/2 cup hot coffee and more of the milk mixture until it reaches the top of the mug.
- If desired, top with whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or chocolate shavings. Enjoy!