Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Be a Barista! Make your own Starbucks drinks

I love Starbucks coffee drinks, but I don't love the price. Caramel macchiato, pumpkin spice, peppermint mocha, just to name a few. But at nearly $4 a serving, I started looking for an alternative way to make similar drinks at home. My wallet is grateful!

Most coffeehouse drinks are made of the same basic ingredients - strong coffee (or espresso), heated milk, sweetener and flavorings. Many also come with a dollop of whipped cream on top, so you'll need some of that too. So if you simply adjust these ingredients to your taste, you can create your own Starbucks knock-offs for pennies.

My pumpkin spice latte recipe is one cup of strong brewed coffee, 1/3 cup heated milk, 1 teas brown sugar, 1/2 teas pumpkin pie spice, and whipped cream. I top it off with a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon. I don't like my coffee too sweet, so you might find this to not have enough sugar. Just increase the amount by a teaspoon at a time until you find the amount that's right for you.

For a caramel macchiato, add caramel icecream topping to your heated milk and stir to combine. Stir into the coffe and adjust for sweetness. Top with whipped cream. Drizzle some more caramel topping over the top and add a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

For a peppermint mocha, add peppermint extract to the heated milk. The extract is very concentrated, so it will only take a little. Stir in a teaspoon of hot chocolate mix into your coffee, then pour in the heated milk mixture. If you don't have any hot chocolate, stir in some chocolate syrup. Adjust for sweetness, then top with whipped cream.

My next experiement is going to be a white chocolate mocha. I'll let you know how it turns out.

I don't know about you, but saving money on coffeehouse drinks definitely Works for Me! Check out some more helpful tips over at We are That Family.


  1. My absolute favorite Starbucks drink is the white chocolate mocha. I am very interested to hear how your's turns out.

  2. That is awesome!
    My favorite is the White choc mocha so...work it girl! Post it when you get it figured out! Thanks!

  3. Oh, too funny! I just realized we both did a Coffee post at WFMW!

    Wow, your's looks delish!!!

  4. Thanks! I bookmarked this so I can try the caramel macchiato!

  5. AWESOME. THese sound wonderful! I will be trying one or two of these real soon!

  6. We freeze our left-over coffee rather than dumping it. We have an ice cube tray just for coffee and then empty the cubes into a freezer bag.

    We love iced coffee in the summer. Just fill your martini shaker with coffee ice cubes. Add cooled coffee, a splash of milk (or whatever you usually put in your morning coffee), a squirt or two of Hershey's chocolate syrup, and a pinch of sugar. Shake well - pour into your to-go cup (ice cubes as well) and you're ready to go.

    Thanks for your recipes!