December 2, 2011

Starbucks Holiday Drink Recipes

On average, Americans consume 3.1 cups of coffee a day and if Starbucks is your brewery of choice, that's $33 per work week for a grande-sized pick-me-up.
So why not make them at home? With the right recipe you can enjoy your favorite Starbucks drink without putting a dent in your wallet.

Recipes Below :

Gingerbread Latte


First prepare the Gingerbread Syrup

2 cups water

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients into a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce hit and allow for syrup to simmer. Leave uncovered for 15 minutes and then remove from fire.

1/2 cup fresh espresso

8 ounces milk, steamed
Prepare a double shot of espresso and steam 8 ounces of milk. Pour 1/2 cup of espresso into mug, add 1/4 cup of gingerbread syrup followed by the milk. Stir and serve hot.

Caramel Brulée Latte

2 oz. espresso or strong coffee

8 oz. steamed milk

1 oz. vanilla bean syrup

2 tbsp. caramel ice cream topping
Brew coffee or espresso. Line mug with caramel topping, add syrup and then espresso. Steam milk and pour into cup.

Pumpkin Spice Latte


2 cups milk

2 tablespoons

2 tablespoons canned pumpkin

2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1-2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee)

Combine milk, pumpkin and sugar in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until steamed. Remove from hit and stir in vanilla and pumpkin spice. Transfer the mixture into a blender and process for 10 seconds or until foamy. Or you can simply whisk the mixture until foam appears
Pour into mug, add espresso and enjoy.

Peppermint Mocha


1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

3 tablespoons powdered cocoa

3 tablespoons warm water

1/2 cup hot espresso

1 1/2 cups hot milk

Stir the water and sugar in a saucepan until sugar dissolves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and add peppermint extract. Allow mixture to simmer for 20 minutes.
Mix cocoa and water in a mag until paste forms. Add espresso and 1 1/2 teaspoon of the peppermint syrup. Finally, add the milk and serve hot.

Eggnog Latte


1/2 cup eggnog

1/4 cup whole milk

1-2 shots espresso

Sprinkle of nutmeg for garnish

Combine cold eggnog with cold milk and steam. Add espresso shots to steamed eggnog mixture and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Chai Tea Latte


3 cups water

3 cups milk

6-8 black tea bags

1/2 cup honey

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp ground ginger

Bring water and milk to a boil. Add remaining ingredients, return to boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bags then filter. Serve hot or iced.

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Maria said...

Just recently discovered my love for Caramel Brulee Lattes. Must make this to save some cash!

Mrs. Monologues said...

OMG this amazing. I have been starbucks free for 2 weeks, and although my bank account is happy I am so missing the holiday drinks. Going to try these for sure!

Nancy said...

What a great post! So glad you shared!!

Lil' Woman said...

I bet you made like a million followers happy today by posting these recipes :)

Cheryl E. said...

Yay! Thanks for sharing. Cant wait to try some of these out. The gingerbread sounds devine!

Schmitty said...

Yum!! I'm making Starbucks' Cranberry Bliss Bars for my Bible Study tomorrow night. :) You can find the recipe here:

~KS said...

Sigh. I just love going through the drive thru before the sun goes up to get my Starbs fix. Days when I have Starbs just seem better... probably in my head, but I am convinced it's true :)

Thanks to a new budget, I have cut back.... so perhaps I should try to make some of these at home!!!

Miranda said...

I LOVE YOU! I'm a Starbucks ADDICT - this is awesome! :-)

In the Heart of Happy said...

You should win all sorts of Santa points for this post.

You made my day!!

Abramyan Avenue said...

Amazing!!! I will definitely be trying out each and every one of these recipes!!!

Amy said...

Thanks so much for posting these! I love Starbucks, but not how empty it leaves my wallet. I will definitely be trying these recipes :)

Sam M. | Atkinson Drive said...

I love you! ... oh wait ... was that too soon? But seriously, thank you so much I can't wait to try these!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

For the Chai Tea latte you can also buy either the Tazo or Oregon Trail liquid chai tea concentrate. I use it all the time with soy milk to make my iced chai's. Used to work at Starbucks and it tastes just like theirs. Sbux usually uses Tazo chai concentrate.

glen7297 said...

I might save the money but I would spend a lot of time making these. Don't have that time right now. Great post that I will save for the future when I'm not working so much. :)

Tiffany Hartnett said...

So I totally LOVE this!! But what under the Pumpkin Spice one, it says 2 tablespoons and no ingredient...what is the ingredient that goes there??

Anonymous said...

Tiffany, I think it's a typo because the directions only include what she listed. :)

Anonymous said...

Tiffany, I think it's a typo because the directions only include what she listed. :)

Marina Forste said...

This is awesome. I love all of those, but pumpkin spice latte is my favorite, so thank you for sharing the recipe :)

Laurie Petrill said...

Vanilla Bean Syrup for the Caramel Brulee Latte: Where do you find that? I see Sam's Club has Vanilla or French Vanilla syrup. Is there a difference from the Vanilla Bean that is significant?
I am hooked and look forward to making this at home. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

when i asked one of the baristas at starbucks what the closest thing they had off season to caramel brulee they said it
was a latte with toffee nut syrup

Anonymous said...

Any chance you have one for a Vanilla Latte?? :)

Jess said...

Just curious how 3 grandes a day @ at LEAST $4 each comes out to be $33 a week?

3 x $4 = $12/day

$12/day x 5 days/week (work?) = $60!!!

Amy Tardo McCoy said...

Awesome! Going to try this and sub splenda to make the gingerbread syrup sugar free!
Do you know How long will these keep - and do they need to be refrigerated?

Thanks so much!

KeRobinson said...

Thanks for sharing! Do u have a recipe for the coffee frappé? LOL! Love Starbucks! :)

Anonymous said...

Do you use Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder or nestle quick cocoa powder