June 21, 2010

Caramel Macchiato & Vanilla Syrup Recipes

My favorite drink is a caramel macchiato.  When I walk into a coffee shop, I always request a “large caramel macchiato, extra hot, stirred”.   These drinks cost about $4.35 or more, so I have to be frugal about my indulgences.  I’ve learned to make my own caramel macchiatos at home.  It took a lot of experimenting with the amounts of ingredients, but I’ve come up with a very similar product. 

Caramel Macchiato Recipe

  • 2 shots espresso
  • 1 cup steamed milk
  • 2-3 tbsp vanilla syrup
  • about 1 tbsp caramel syrup

In a large glass or coffee container, steam one cup of milk.  Add 2 shots of espresso and about 4-5 shots of vanilla syrup (this is about 2 tbsp).  Drizzle with a thick dessert-style caramel syrup such as Hershey’s or Smucker’s.  Stir, if desired.

You can change the ingredients to your preference.  Some people prefer less vanilla syrup and more caramel. 

Vanilla Syrup Recipe

When I started making the caramel macchiatos at home, I was thrilled to purchase the Starbucks vanilla syrup.  It does make for a more authentic drink.  Even still, the vanilla syrup can be costly, so I learned to make my own at home and it’s very easy to do.

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar*
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine water and sugar in a saucepan and boil.  Reduce and simmer for a few minutes, stirring until sugar is dissolved.  Add vanilla and stir. Remove from heat and allow to cool before storing.

*You can also use a sugar substitute such as Splenda.  I have used half sugar/half Splenda several times.  To do this, just use 3/4 cup of each.

The picture show above is the homemade vanilla syrup inside a Starbucks bottle.  I saved my Starbucks bottle. I simply wash it, make another batch or two of vanilla and and refill.

My hubby’s favorite coffee drink is a caramel frappuccino. I hope to experiment soon with making my own caramel coffee syrup.

Do you make your own coffee beverages at home?  What is your favorite coffee?


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