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Vanilla Latte {Starbucks Copycat}

Vanilla Latte {Starbucks Copycat} – This copycat Starbucks vanilla latte is a fraction of the price and so easy to make with just 3 simple ingredients!

Vanilla Latte Starbucks Copycat

Vanilla Latte {Starbucks Copycat}

I’m back with another Starbucks copycat latte recipe! With my most popular recipe being my iced vanilla latte, I decided the world needed the hot version of that same recipe.  Yes, it is July and 90 degrees out but I can’t be the only one who drinks hot drinks all year?! Now this recipe is super simple and made with just 3 ingredients (4 if you want whipped cream on top!) in about 5-7 minutes.  That’s it!

If you don’t have vanilla syrup on hand, make it yourself using my vanilla simple syrup recipe! Making it yourself does add a bit of time to the recipe but it is the cheaper option.

Common questions about making vanilla lattes

What is in a Starbucks vanilla latte?

A Starbucks vanilla latte is made with vanilla syrup, milk, and espresso.

Are lattes sweet?

Lattes can either be sweet or not.  A latte is made with steamed milk and espresso which is not a sweet drink but you can add syrups and flavors into it that make it sweet such as mocha or caramel.

How can I steam milk at home?

One of the best parts of a latte at a coffee shop is the steamed milk in the latte.  The easiest way I have found to get a similar effect at home is once you have heated your milk with the vanilla, use an immersion blender to foam it up a bit before pouring into a mug.

Can I make a latte without espresso?

Yes, so there are a few different options for ways to get close to espresso.  The cheapest option would be to brew quite strong coffee in a normal coffee pot which won’t be exactly the same but it’ll work.  If you have a moka pot or an aeropress coffee maker, those will get you pretty close to regular espresso.  If you use the moka pot or espresso, follow the same proportions in the recipe but if you choose to go the strongly brewed coffee route, use 3/4 cups coffee and 1/2 cup milk.

Easy Vanilla Latte

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Please note that this recipe is inspired by the drink from Starbucks and thus may not be a perfect copy. It has been lovingly created at home by a Starbucks fan for others who love the drink and want to make a one at home using simple ingredients.

Homemade Vanilla Latte

Yield: 1 Serving

Vanilla Latte {Starbucks Copycat}

Vanilla Latte {Starbucks Copycat}

Vanilla Latte {Starbucks Copycat} - This copycat Starbucks vanilla latte is a fraction of the price and so easy to make with just 3 simple ingredients!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine milk and vanilla syrup. Stir frequently for about 4-5 minutes or until the milk has warmed up.
  2. (Optional step) Using an immersion blender or handheld mixer, beat milk until it foams up and has a frothy consistency.
  3. Pour espresso and the vanilla milk into a mug. Top with whipped cream (optional) and serve.


1. It is optional to whip the milk but it does get it closer to the consistency of the steamed milk that is used in lattes at coffee shops.

2. Vanilla extract is NOT a substitute for vanilla syrup. If you don't have vanilla syrup, you can make it yourself. Just google "vanilla simple syrup" and you will find options.

3. Don't have an espresso machine? No worries - use 1/2 cup milk and 3/4 cup strongly brewed coffee or make the "espresso" with an aeropress.

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