Coffee is an American staple; we need coffee every hour to function and enjoy the idea of having coffee at the roadside with our favorite people. Going to work, I always make sure to grab a cup of iced blonde vanilla latte, as it is one of my favorite variations from Starbucks.
Most of the days, when I am getting late to work, I make sure to make this beverage-from-heaven at home at enjoying it on my way to work. The process is very simple and can be done at even lower rates than we pay at coffee shops.
In this article, I will share the recipe for my favorite iced blonde vanilla latte, which I call my comfort drink. You must follow along and keep reading to get your hands on one of the best-ever lattes.
- Starbucks Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte is an Iced Vanilla Latte made with roasted coffee beans, a lighter version of regular espresso.
- This recipe defined in the article makes a 16 ounces Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte.
What is a blonde vanilla latte?
An iced blonde vanilla latte is an entirely different drink than the standard vanilla latte of Starbucks; it has the subtle sweetness of creamy vanilla syrup that perfectly compliments the complex flavor of blonde espresso. The recipe only contains three common ingredients: Starbucks’ blonde roasted coffee beans, ice cubes, and vanilla syrup. To spice things up, you can always add caramel drizzle or mocha syrup, which only adds to the awesomeness of the beverage.
One thing that should be noted here is that the sweet element of the Starbucks iced blonde vanilla latte is achieved only by the slightly roasted coffee beans; otherwise, if you are using dark beans, please be advised that it won’t have the perfect flavor as the original one; however, you can dilute it by adding less coffee and more steamed milk.
Equipment you need to make iced blonde vanilla latte
We need an espresso machine to achieve the best quality iced blonde vanilla latte. The question is, with so many options in the market, which equipment is the perfect choice for an iced blonde vanilla latte? I recommend using Aeropress Original Coffee or Espresso Maker and Bialetti – Moka Express; it is beneficial for replicating the Starbucks latte; in fact, it can be used for experimenting with various other flavors as well.
Apart from the espresso maker, you will also need a few other pieces of equipment you can generally find in your kitchen, so finding them is not a big deal. The different sets of equipment that you will require are as follows:
- A spoon for stirring
- A 16-ounce cup or glass
- Ice cubes
Before moving forward, I want you to elaborate a little bit on the espresso machines that I recommended above because it would not be justified if I won’t tell you their amazing benefits:
Recommendation 1: Aeropress Original Coffee and Espresso Maker
Why do you recommend it?
- A new kind of coffee press that uses an immersive brewing process to make smooth, delicious, full-flavored coffee without bitterness
- Clean-up takes seconds as the plunger wipes the chamber as you brew, so no more cleaning messy coffee grounds.
- It is lightweight, compact, portable, and durable, so you always have a convenient coffee-on-go.
Recommendation 2: Bialetti – Moka Express: Iconic Stovetop Espresso Maker
Why do you recommend it?
- The original Moka coffee pot provides the experience of authentic Italian coffee; its unique shape sends you back to the old times.
- Easy to clean, available in various sizes, and suitable for gas, electric, and induction
Related Read: Aeropress Vs. Moka Pot (Key Differences And Recipe)
Ingredients you need for Iced blonde vanilla latte recipe
The recipe for an Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte only requires a few ingredients. For this recipe, you’ll need the following:
- Ice cubes or coffee cubes
- Two cups of any type of milk (as per your preference)
- Two freshly brewed blonde roast espresso
- Homemade vanilla syrup or for adding more authenticity, you can purchase the vanilla syrup distributed by the Starbucks franchise.
Although the Iced blonde vanilla latte follows very simple steps to achieve a delicious drink, you should keep in mind that some things must not be compromised in the list of ingredients
The freshly brewed espresso shot is the most crucial component of this recipe. For milk, I would like to use whole milk for iced coffee recipes. If you are diet conscious, use 2% lower-fat milk.
Here is the game changer: you can use simple ice cubes for this recipe, but I prefer using coffee ice cubes that I have frozen with a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Try this, and it will feel like you are having a homemade Starbucks-like drink at home.
How to make an Iced blonde vanilla latte (Step-by-step)?
Once you’ve got your ingredients in hand, now it’s time to move to the next time, which is the actual recipe. Here’s what to do:
- Brew the blonde roast coffee beans using any of the machines mentioned above.
- Pour your brewed mix into the cup and add the cold milk of your choice.
- Add ice cubes to amplify the chill factor.
- To finish off, pour the vanilla syrup into a cup; you can adjust the quantity of the syrup according to your taste.
Nutritional information in a serving size:
This Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte recipe is similar to a venti iced blonde vanilla latte of around 16 ounces. However, if you are tracking your calories, then here is a simple breakdown of the nutritional information
- Caffeine – 170 mg
- Total Fat – 5g
- Saturated Fat – 3g
- Cholesterol – 20 mg
- Sodium – 120 mg
- Carbohydrates – 50g
- Fiber – 0g
- Sugar – 50g
- Protein – 8g
Expert tips to take your Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte to the next level
If you don’t own a coffee machine and want to enjoy the exact same level of Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte, then you can use a pack of use instant coffee. Combine one tablespoon of instant coffee and ¼ cup of hot water that will act as an alternative to the two espresso shots in the recipe. To make this drink exquisite, add Vanilla Cream Cold Foam on top.
I prefer making homemade vanilla syrup, but you can buy Starbucks vanilla syrup directly from any of their distributors.
Related Read: Different Types Of Latte Flavors: 17 Delicious Options!
The blonde roasted coffee beans have such an excellent heavenly flavor that it sends you to a completely different zone. Hence, I have tried recreating the flavor and have learned that one cannot sabotage the significance of roasted beans as it only adds a unique element to the taste.
Moreover, topping the latte with homemade vanilla syrup will turn the beverage into an entirely different phenomenon, as I mentioned earlier- my comfort drink!
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What is the difference between a vanilla latte and a blonde vanilla latte?
The only point of difference is that the iced blonde vanilla latte is made with a light roast, which adds sweetness; whereas the iced vanilla latte is made with a dark roast; hence the vigorous intensity.
Is the iced blonde vanilla latte sweet?
It has a subtle sweet taste due to the roasted beans and vanilla syrup.
Is the iced blonde vanilla latte strong?
It is less intense as compared to the Iced Vanilla latte, which is made of dark roast.
What kind of coffee is in a blonde vanilla latte?
The blonde vanilla latte contains light espresso.
What does iced blonde latte taste like?
It tastes sweet and less intense due to the; hence word ‘blonde,’ which means lighter in taste.
How many calories are in an iced blonde vanilla latte?
Starbucks venti iced blonde vanilla latte contains 210 calories, including 41 g of carbs, and 11g of protein.