Make Your Own Starbucks at Home for Half the Price


Your morning coffee can taste better and be easier on your wallet at the same time. Contrary to popular opinion, Starbucks recipes do not require coffee beans harvested under a full moon and fairy dust. Even unusual specialties are surprisingly simple. Today we bring you recipes for the most popular Starbucks drinks across the nation–as discovered by the data-crunchers at Quartz. All recipes make about two cups or 16 ounces.

White Chocolate Mocha

1 1/3 cup espresso

2/3 cup whole milk

6 tablespoons white chocolate chips

1 dollop whipped cream

The crowd in Memphis prefers white chocolate to dark in their mochas. Add melted chocolate chips to milk, then add espresso. Any very strong coffee is a perfect substitute for Starbuck’s espresso. Garnish with whipped cream.

Green Tea Frappuccinogreen tea frappuccino

1 cup ice

1 cup milk

2 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla syrup

1 teaspoon green tea matcha powder

In San Diego, the tea versus coffee debate has been settled. Add all ingredients (yes, you need that much sweetener to counterbalance the bitter matcha powder) to a mixer and blend until it has the consistency of a milkshake.

Iced Caramel Macchiato

1 cup whole milk

1 cup ice

2 shots of espresso

4 teaspoons vanilla syrup

4 teaspoons caramel sauce

Blistering hot Phoenix wants a traditionally warm treat–caramel–chilled. Mix milk and vanilla syrup, then add ice almost to the top of your cup or glass. Pour in espresso. The ingredients should be separated, creating a beautiful display. Drizzle caramel sauce over the top.

Explore Further

Many, many more recipes are scattered across the Internet. There’s Starbucks’ official recipe book; there are mimic recipes made by people who experimented to find drinks that match Starbuck’s taste. You can these find by Googling “Starbucks copycat recipe.” And finally, there are large fan websites for Starbucks secret menu items. These secret menu sites include recipes so that you can tell the barista how to make off-menu items, but you can easily use them to make your own drinks. Have fun exploring the world of homemade Starbucks!

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