When it’s cold, snowy, and miserable, consumer cravings for hot drinks spiked with caffeine are at all an all-time high. But the desire to combat winter weather and drive to the nearest Starbucks? Nonexistent, and your wallet isn’t complaining. Many coffee drinkers have a love/hate relationship with Starbucks, because while you can count on the chain to serve up the same cup of steaming hot caffeine every day no matter what, you can also count on the company to drain you of all of your coffee cash. But today, we’re offering a solution. Say hello to DIY Starbucks drinks.
Many consumers have access to coffee machines at home, even if they are Starbucks regulars, and we’re inviting you to brush the dust off those machines and get to work on your at-home creations. Your favorite Starbucks baristas may be nice, but they’re not magicians, and you can easily perfect the drinks that they serve you every day at half the cost and sometimes half the calories. Here are seven recipes that help you serve up your own Starbucks specialties from home. Your baristas might miss your regular Starbucks trips, but your wallet and waistline won’t.
1. Caramel macchiato
First, we’ll start with the caramel macchiato, because although many consumers understand that they can easily whip up coffee, lattes, and cappuccinos from home, the art of the caramel macchiato somehow seems more daunting. Luckily, there’s no reason to fear the recipe behind this tasty caffeinated creation, and the perfection of such a drink will save you close to $4 a pop for every Starbucks macchiato run. Here’s a recipe for a DIY caramel macchiato from Food.com. Serving two, this recipe takes mere minutes to whip up as long as you’ve prepared for macchiato bliss by picking up some caramel at the grocery store. One homemade macchiato yields 126 calories.
- 6 ounces coffee (brewed)
- 6 ounces milk (steamed)
- 1-2 teaspoons sugar (to taste) or 1-2 teaspoons Splenda sugar substitute (to taste)
- 3 teaspoons caramel syrup
- ½ teaspoon artificial vanilla flavoring
- Whipped cream
- Caramel syrup, drizzled
See recipe directions at Food.com.
2. Chai tea latte
Next up is a recipe for chai tea latte, another Starbucks favorite that can easily be made at home, much to the surprise of chai lovers. The secret is in the syrup, and it’s a secret that Heather, the blogger behind Heather’s Dish, has let out of the bag. She offers a foolproof recipe for a chai tea latte that can be done quickly and even serve a crowd. Next time you’re at the store, buy a box of Tazo Chai Tea bags and rest assured that your investment will pay off.
For the syrup:
- 1 box Tazo Chai Tea bags
- 4 cups filtered water
- 1 cup sugar
For each latte:
- 1 cup milk of choice
- high-speed blender
- ground cinnamon (optional)
See recipe directions at Heather’s Dish.
For the chocolate lovers, a homemade mocha. It’s safe to say that Starbucks has perfected these chocolatey drinks, often tempting us by incorporating our favorite holiday flavors into the mix, but the hypnotism stops here. It’s time to start making those mochas at home, with the help of a recipe from From Faye. Faye’s recipe list is comprised of ingredients that many people already have stocked in their pantries, so now we really have no excuse. Get down with homemade mochas and overcome the Starbucks mesmerism.
- ¼ cup of chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate bits
- 1 cup of milk
- ½ cup of coffee
- dash of sugar or other sweetener (optional)
See recipe directions at From Faye.
4. Peppermint hot chocolate
While we’re on the subject of chocolate, we should also introduce the possibility of a homemade peppermint hot chocolate, because although the holiday season is long over, many consumers’ cravings for peppermint-flavored drinks never go away. Now, they don’t have to.
Whip up this peppermint hot chocolate drink from Mommy Hates Cooking and prepare to be transported back to red cup heaven. It’s easy, fun, and uses up those leftover candy canes we know you still have lying around your house. Get your peppermint fix before spring arrives!
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup water
- 3 ½ cups milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 4 peppermint candy canes
See recipe directions at Mommy Hates Cooking.
5. Cinnamon dolce latte
Before we move on to cold drinks, we have one more warm beverage for you, and the hearty cinnamon content in this drink is guaranteed to warm your soul. Cinnamon dolce lattes used to only be available at Starbucks during the holiday season, but now they are a year-round item, and the same can be said for your kitchen, too. In just 5 minutes, this recipe from Don’t Waste the Crumbs takes you to frothy milk heaven, and you can thank us later. Cinnamon is one flavor that never goes out of season, and this is another recipe that doesn’t require any ingredients not found in a typical pantry.
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 cup hot coffee
- 2 tablespoon cream or ½ cup milk
See recipe directions at Don’t Waste the Crumbs.
6. Iced coffee
To indulge coffee lovers who prefer their caffeine iced no matter what the season, here’s a recipe for the perfect iced coffee from The Pioneer Woman – because there really is no reason to cough up $2.10 for a grande-size cup every time you want iced coffee. The drink is easy to make at home and can even be made the night before to relieve some stress from your morning. This recipe serves 24, allowing you to reap the fruits of your labor for a while.
- 1 pound ground coffee (good, rich roast)
- 8 quarts cold water
- half-and-half (healthy splash per serving)
- sweetened condensed milk (2-3 tablespoons per serving)
- Note: Can use skim milk, 2 percent milk, whole milk, sugar, artificial sweeteners, syrups — adapt to your liking
See recipe directions at The Pioneer Woman.
7. Light coffee frappuccino
Last but definitely not least, the iconic Starbucks frappuccino, for those who like their coffee really cold. Rain, snow, or shine, you can find Starbucks customers ordering their favorite frappuccinos in stores, but it’s no longer necessary to give the barista your overly complicated frap order — you can simply make the drink at home to save dollars and calories. There really is no magic ingredient to the frappuccino, unless you consider a blender to be magical. As long as you have some coffee, milk, ice, and cream, you can easily whip yourself up this DIY light coffee frap from Laa Loosh (the whole drink comes to only 95 calories). What are you waiting for? Get blending!
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules (regular or decaf)
- 2 tablespoons fat-free vanilla flavored coffee creamer, powdered
- ½ cup fat free milk
- 8-10 ice cubes
See recipe directions at Laa Loosh.