Last Updated on October 25, 2022 by laurenpacek
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This Iced Vanilla Latte (made with blonde espresso) is a sweet and refreshing way to get your caffeine fix! It tastes just like Starbucks. Only this latte is better, because you don't have to wait in line and it's a fraction of the cost because you're making it at home!
There's something so comforting about this iced latte, regardless of the time of year. I know that cold coffee drinks and Summer go hand in hand, but I really love a cold coffee all year round. No matter when you decide to imbibe, I know that you'll love it.
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What is an Iced Vanilla Latte?
An iced vanilla latte is a cold espresso drink made up of (you guessed it) espresso, vanilla syrup, and milk. You can use whatever milk you prefer, as well as whatever espresso you like. Use a blonde roast espresso to make an iced blonde vanilla latte, if that's what you like!
Iced latte vs. iced coffee
An iced latte is made with espresso, which is different than iced coffee. Iced coffee is just regular drip coffee that has been brewed over ice. Espresso is thicker and more intense than coffee, due to a finer grind, lower grounds to water ratio, and pressurized brewing method.
Espresso is preferred in this recipe, but you can use strong iced coffee or cold brew coffee, if that's all that you have available.
- Espresso: Ideally you'll use espresso made using an espresso machine. I have a Nespresso Vertuo, and love it. Your next best option would be to use really strong coffee.
- Vanilla syrup: You can use a store bought variety, as well as a homemade vanilla syrup. It's so easy to make (and so good!) that I highly recommend making your own.
- Milk: Use whatever milk you prefer: cow, almond, oat, etc. I almost exclusively use oat milk (Chobani or Oatly, with a preference for the full fat variety). You do you!
How to make an Iced Vanilla Latte
You'll start out by filling a cup (or whatever you plan to drink out of) with ice.
Next, brew your espresso. You can brew it into another vessel (like I did) or straight into the glass filled with ice. Your choice. Add your vanilla syrup to the glass with espresso and ice.
After that, top everything off with your milk of choice. Please don't be like me and spill the milk everywhere.
I almost always use oat milk, but use whatever you prefer. I've made iced lattes with oat milk, almond milk, and cow's milk, all with great success.
Other iced latte recipes
- Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte from A Nerd Cooks
- Iced Caramel Latte from Pumpkin 'n Spice
- How to Make an Iced Latte from A Nerd Cooks
- Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte from The Healthful Ideas
- Iced Peppermint Mocha Latte from A Nerd Cooks
FAQs/Tips and tricks
You still have a couple of options. You can use some really strong coffee (probably the next best choice) or instant espresso (not the first recommended choice, but could work).
Whatever you like. I have used oat milk (Oatly and/or Chobani full fat/extra creamy) and 2% cow's milk. Both have worked beautifully.
Yes! This is a Starbucks copycat recipe, so it will taste like the iced vanilla latte from Starbucks.
Not if you don't want to! If you use something else, it won't be an iced blonde vanilla latte. But it will still be delicious.
Yes! You can definitely make this into a hot vanilla latte, instead.
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- 2 shots espresso (about 2 ounces)
- 1 ounce vanilla syrup
- ¾ cup milk of choice
- Fill a glass with ice and set aside.
- Brew the espresso into a separate cup, or directly into the glass with ice.
- Add the vanilla syrup.
- Top the latte off with milk. Stir gently.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 98mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 0gSugar: 29gProtein: 6g