I love Starbucks, and all their various specialty drinks. Their caramel macchiato being my favorite! It’s wonderful with steamed milk in the wintertime, and refreshing iced down in the summer. However, the $5 price tag that come along with it? Not so wonderful!
So, this is a beverage I learned to make easily at home. And, do so often. My mother-in-law treated me to a small espresso machine a few years ago, and I really love it. I thought it wouldn’t get much use in my kitchen, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. You could also use very strong regular brewed coffee if you don’t have access to espresso. A little bit of vanilla simple syrup for sweetness, a couple of glugs of cold milk – all over ice. You’ll be set for the day! And, you can save that $5 you saved on a cocktail at Happy Hour instead. Enjoy!
Iced Vanilla Macchiato
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup cold milk
1/4 cup espresso, or strongly brewed coffee
To make the vanilla syrup, combine sugar and water in small saucepan. Stir over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves completely. Add vanilla extract and set aside to cool.
Pour a couple of teaspoons of vanilla syrup into your serving glass. Fill the glass with ice. Fill the glass with milk, leaving just enough room for the coffee.
Brew 2 shots of espresso. Pour the espresso shot over the milk and serve immediately.