A Starbucks habit is a hard thing to break. They have such delicious things to eat and drink. But let’s be honest – it isn’t always easy on the pocketbook, is it? Going to Starbucks every day can really put a dent in your bank account. Well, it doesn’t have to anymore! You can totally copy some of the best recipes right at home.
1. Caramel Macchiato
This is perhaps one of the most popular drinks on the Starbucks menu. You are going to love how you can whip it at home for mere pennies.
2 tablespoons vanilla syrup
½ cup espresso, fresh brewed
8 ounces steamed milk
3 to 4 tablespoons caramel sauce
Pour the vanilla syrup in a glass. Top it with the espresso. Then add the milk and caramel sauce. Stir and drink.
2. Light Coffee Frappuccino
This little delight is the perfect way to start the day. When you make it at home, you won’t even have to leave early so you can hit the Starbucks on your way.
½ cup chilled brewed espresso
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup skim milk
1 ½ cups ice
Pour the ingredients in a blender and puree. Serve.
3. Gingerbread Latte
This is a seasonal drink, but if you learn how to make it, you can have it anytime you want to. It’s so delicious, even if it isn’t the holidays.
2 cups water
1 ½ cups sugar
2 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup fresh espresso
8 ounces milk
Combine the water, sugar, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla in a saucepan. Boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cover. Steam the milk. Place the espresso in your cup, followed by the syrup and steamed milk. Stir and top with whipped cream and nutmeg.
4. Green Tea Lemonade
Are you a fan of sweetened tea? This favorite is perfect because it gives you the sweet flavor you crave combined with the health benefits of green tea. This one is perfect for a hot summer day.
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 green tea bag
½ cup boiling water
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ cup cold water
Add the sugar and tea bag to the boiling water. Steep for three minutes. Remove the tea bag and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the lemon juice and water and stir to combine. Serve over ice.
5. Hot Chocolate
There’s something about Starbucks hot chocolate that is just so different from what you make at home. With this secret under your belt, you never have to suffer through mediocre hot chocolate again.
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 ½ cups milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla
Place the water, cocoa and sugar in a mug and microwave until hot, about 30 seconds. Stir. Add the milk and microwave for an additional 90 seconds. Stir in the vanilla. Top with whipped cream and serve.
6. Mocha Frappuccino
Here’s another popular classic. If this is your drink of choice, wait until you taste this copycat. You’ll wonder why you ever forked over nearly $5 for it when you can make it at home so much more cheaply.
½ cups freshly brewed espresso
2 ½ cups milk
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon dry pectin
Place all the ingredients in a shaker and shake until the sugar dissolves. Chill before serving.
7. Caramel Apple Cider
Here’s another drink that you can’t find year-round. However, learning to make it yourself saves you loads of cash and means you can sip anytime the mood strikes.
2 squirts cinnamon syrup
1 cup apple juice
Combine the cinnamon and apple juice and heat. Top with whipped cream and caramel syrup.
Which of these are you planning to make at home? Let me know if it’s the same or not!