7 Starbucks Drinks You Can Make At Home (Sugar-Free Options Included)
Everybody loves a Starbucks drink. Whether it be hot or iced, a Frappuccino or a fruit juice, there’s no denying that these drinks add a smile to your face.
Unfortunately, the cost of buying these drinks adds up even in just one trip. And if you’re on a tight budget, buying these drinks at Starbucks can easily eat into your monthly expenses.
The good news is, there are some copycat recipes that you can try. Apart from allowing you to recreate your favorite Starbucks drink at home, you can save money on these drinks.
At the same time, you can share them with your friends and family. And in the event you can’t get to Starbucks, you you can still enjoy your favorite drink at home.
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Here are some of the Starbucks drinks you can make at home.
One of the most popular drinks at Starbucks is, without a doubt, the Caramel Frappuccino. It is a great drink for a hot day.
You can balance the sweetness of this drink by adding more ice.
Caramel Frappuccino Recipe
2 shots Espresso, cooled
½ cup Milk, cold
1 Tbsp Caramel Sauce
3 Tbsp Caramel Syrup
1 cup Ice cubes
Xanthan gum (optional)
- In a blender, add 2 shots of cooled espresso and 1 cup of ice cubes.
- Add ½ cup of cold milk and 1 Tbsp of caramel sauce.
- Depending on your preference, add in 3 Tbsp of caramel syrup and a pinch of xanthan gum.
- Pulse and blend for 30 seconds.
- Transfer to glass. Top with whipped cream and more caramel sauce.
Another caramel drink from Starbucks that people enjoy is the Caramel Macchiato.
One way people enjoy this beverage, without worrying about the calories from the drink, is by ordering a Skinny Caramel Macchiato.
When you order this from Starbucks, you only consume 105 calories for the tall size.
It contains skim milk, sugar-free vanilla syrup, and no whipped cream. As for the toppings, it is drizzled with a little amount of caramel and some creamy foam.
Here’s how you can recreate this low calorie version of the beverage at home:
Low Calorie Caramel Macchiato Recipe
8 oz. Cold brew coffee
2 oz. Unsweetened almond milk
2 Tbsps. Paleo caramel sauce
- Fill your glass with ice cubes. Add in the coffee until it reaches almost ¾ of the glass.
- Pour the almond milk into the glass just until you have an inch of space left on the top.
- Stir in the caramel.
Chai Tea Latte
A chai tea latte is one of the popular drinks that you can find at any Starbucks.
Chai tea is an Indian type of tea that combines a number of aromatic herbs and spices, which is why it is said to produce a calming effect on the drinker.
Chai Tea Latte Recipe
3 cups Water
3 cups Milk
½ cup Honey
1 tsp Cardamom
1 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Cloves
½ tsp Ground ginger
½ tsp Nutmeg
- Heat milk and water in a saucepan over moderate heat until it starts to simmer (don’t let it get to a rolling boil).
- Remove from heat. Add black tea bags, honey, and the rest of the spices.
- Put the pan back over the stove and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Strain liquid into a mug.
* You can skip the honey if you prefer a sugar-free option.
Although a Flat White is not necessarily a Starbucks original drink, it has become one of the popular drinks people order.
This drink contains a super strong shot of espresso and a topping of creamy froth; which balances the drink.
The drink hails from New Zealand in the 70s when a man attempted to create a cappuccino. But since he couldn’t get the milk to rise, he was able to create a new drink and called it a flat white.
In a nutshell, it’s a cappuccino without a foam.
Flat White Recipe
2 shots Espresso
1 cup Milk, steamed
- Prepare your espresso shot and pour into a clear, thick glass.
- Steam the milk. Use a frother to froth the steamed milk for a minute.
- Pour the froth milk over the espresso.
- Add sugar, depending on your preference.
* For a sugar-free variant, skip the sugar and use Almond milk.
Green Tea Frappuccino
A lot of people love green tea. And to make the drink favorable for the hot weather, Starbucks has incorporated it into a frappuccino.
You can recreate this drink at home using this recipe:
Green Tea Frappuccino Recipe
1 ½ Tbsp Japanese matcha green tea powder
1 cup Milk
3 Tbsp Powdered sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
- Add all of the ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until it becomes smooth and creamy.
- Transfer to glass and enjoy.
Everybody who frequents Starbucks has their own favorite drink. And because people love to share these drinks with others, they often have their barista recreate the drink as a ‘secret menu’.
As a matter of fact, Starbucks does not have an official secret menu. So if you happen to drop by a cafe and ask for a particular item, you might have to explain it to the barista.
One of the most popular drinks that has trended on social media is the Pink Drink. Starbucks explains this drink as a Strawberry Refresher with coconut milk instead of water.
That’s basically it. If you’re a fan of this drink, here is a recipe so you can recreate it at home.
Pink Drink Recipe
4 packs Acai berry tea
2 cups Unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup Boiling water
½ cup White grape juice
Fresh strawberries, sliced
Agave nectar (optional)
- Add the tea packs to a glass. Pour in hot water and allow to steep until cool. Discard the tea packets when done.
- Add in the white grape juice. Mix together.
- Fill a glass with ice and a cup of the tea and grape juice mixture. Add in your desired amount of coconut milk.
- Add sliced strawberries.
- If you want it more sweeter, add some agave nectar.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Everybody loves Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL). So much so that it’s a seasonal drink people often associated with Thanksgiving and the holidays.
But instead of waiting a whole year to drink this beverage at Starbucks, you can make your own PSL at home. The best thing about this recipe is that it is a sugar-free version!
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Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
1 shot Espresso
1 cup Almond milk
1 Tbsp Pumpkin puree
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Erythritol or Stevia
¼ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (or ¼ tsp cinnamon and dash of nutmeg)
Unsweetened whipped cream (optional)
- Heat milk, erythritol, and pumpkin puree in a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow the ingredients to mix without boiling.
- Remove from heat. Stir in coffee, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract.
- Transfer to a mug and top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.
What is your favorite Starbucks drink?