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Vanilla Coffee Syrup

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Have you ever thought gosh I wish I could figure out how to make Starbucks at home? I was so tired of paying $4.00 or more for my favorite drink so decided to make a few copy cat recipes of my two favorite Starbucks drinks. The first key to making these most tasty drinks is Vanilla coffee syrup. Possibly the easiest thing I’ve ever made! I can keep you from forking over $6.00 to $7.00 by following this easy 30 minutes or less recipe.  Now we can use all that money you saved to buy other things, like the very important nail polish or mani-pedi trip.


3 ½ cups water
3 cups sugar
½ cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons vanilla extract

(Plus a container with a lid.)

In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, bring water to a slow boil. Gently stir together the water and sugars until well combined.  Allow mixture to cook for about 15 minutes, until mixture becomes thick. Set aside and allow to cool and add in vanilla extract. Keep refrigerated for future use.

You didn’t think i’d leave you hanging did you? Here is my favorite recipe to make with my vanilla syrup. Drink it up folks!

Copy Cat Caramel Macchiato

1 cup milk

4 tbs. ground espresso beans, about

1/2 cup water

Vanilla syrup (1 oz. for every 8 oz. milk)

Caramel syrup

Fill the metal pitcher with 1 cup of milk, The steam wand should be inserted diagonally just below the surface of the milk. This will create “froth” necessary for a good Caramel Macchiato. (Don’t have a milk steamer? Click here.)

Now make espresso, remember A good espresso grind should be about the consistency of sugar. Use the 1/2 cup of water for the 4 tablespoons of espresso beans.  If you do not have an espresso maker you can always get some of these relatively cheaper options and follow the brewing directions. Each maker is different with similar results.

In your cup first pour vanilla syrup, add 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce and stir. Add hot espresso on into cup. Using a spoon to hold back the froth of the milk pour steamed milk into cup as well, try to conserve as much of the froth if possible. Give mixture in cup one quick stir. Add froth on top, drizzle top with caramel sauce.

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