How to Make Starbucks Caramel Macchiato at Home / by Erin Baynham

For many years, a Starbucks iced caramel macchiato was my go-to drink. But at $5 a pop, it was a luxury that I needed to curb. It took many years of research to figure out how to make a proper dupe, but this one definitely hit the nail on the head.

Before I begin, really think about how many of these you plan to drink, and how you can repurpose the ingredients. Vanilla syrup and caramel sauce are very specific items to have in your pantry. If you aren't going to use them over and over, don't waste the money purchasing them. Just go to Starbucks and get your drink.

Also, keep in mind that there's no way to have your drink taste exactly like Starbucks unless you have a fancy espresso maker. 


Copycat Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato

If you love the taste of Starbucks iced caramel macchiatos, try making them at home! This recipe works even if you don't have a fancy espresso machine.


  • 1.75 oz (3.5 tablespoons) Vanilla Syrup
  • 16 oz milk (2 cups)
  • 3 oz instant espresso (6 tablespoons) (or strong coffee)
  • Caramel sauce (I prefer Trader Joe's Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce)
  • Ice
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