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DIY Starbucks Vanilla Spice Latte


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  • Vanilla Cardamom Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom plus a few smashed pods
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • For the Latte
  • 3-4 teaspoons Vanilla Cardamom syrup (or to taste)
  • 1-2 shots espresso
  • 1 cup hot frothed milk
  • Whipped cream, for topping
  • Vanilla Sugar, for topping


Servings 1
Adapted from


Step 1

Starbucks describes it as “Starbucks signature espresso combined with freshly steamed milk, rich vanilla, and subtle hints of cardamom and spice. Topped with whipped cream, crushed vanilla bean and a touch of sugar”. I was a bit baffled about what the “other spices” could be.

1. Make the syrup. In a saucepan bring the water, sugar and cardamom to a boil. I ground the cardamom as best as I could. In the end I also tossed a few sightly crushed pods in to infuse. Let boil for two minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Strain the mixture and pour into a sterilized jar. Keep refrigerated for up to one month.

2. Make the latte by pouring the espresso and syrup into a mug. Top with the hot frothed milk and foam. Add a swirl of whipped cream if desired and a sprinkle of vanilla sanding sugar. I didn’t have sanding sugar so I used some vanilla powdered sugar.

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