7 Ways to Brew Starbucks-Inspired Coffee Drinks at Home

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When it’s cold, snowy, and miserable, consumer cravings for hot drinks spiked with caffeine are at all an all-time high. But the desire to combat winter weather and drive to the nearest Starbucks? Nonexistent, and your wallet isn’t complaining. Many coffee drinkers have a love/hate relationship with Starbucks, because while you can count on the chain to serve up the same cup of steaming hot caffeine every day no matter what, you can also count on the company to drain you of all of your coffee cash. But today, we’re offering a solution. Say hello to DIY Starbucks drinks.

Many consumers have access to coffee machines at home, even if they are Starbucks regulars, and we’re inviting you to brush the dust off those machines and get to work on your at-home creations. Your favorite Starbucks baristas may be nice, but they’re not magicians, and you can easily perfect the drinks that they serve you every day at half the cost and sometimes half the calories. Here are seven recipes that help you serve up your own Starbucks specialties from home. Your baristas might miss your regular Starbucks trips, but your wallet and waistline won’t.

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1. Caramel macchiato

First, we’ll start with the caramel macchiato, because although many consumers understand that they can easily whip up coffee, lattes, and cappuccinos from home, the art of the caramel macchiato somehow seems more daunting. Luckily, there’s no reason to fear the recipe behind this tasty caffeinated creation, and the perfection of such a drink will save you close to $4 a pop for every Starbucks macchiato run. Here’s a recipe for a DIY caramel macchiato from Food.com. Serving two, this recipe takes mere minutes to whip up as long as you’ve prepared for macchiato bliss by picking up some caramel at the grocery store. One homemade macchiato yields 126 calories.

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces coffee (brewed)
  • 6 ounces milk (steamed)
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar (to taste) or 1-2 teaspoons Splenda sugar substitute (to taste)
  • 3 teaspoons caramel syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon artificial vanilla flavoring
  • whipped cream
  • caramel syrup, drizzled

Directions:

First, make a strong coffee by brewing a ratio of 3 heaping tablespoons of coffee to 6 cups water. Add vanilla to the coffee grinds before making the coffee — that way, it will infuse while brewing.

Once the coffee is done brewing, place milk in a large cup and microwave until hot. In a tall glass, combine the coffee, milk, and caramel syrup and stir well. Add sugar in small increments until desired sweetness is achieved, but don’t forget that the caramel will sweeten this beverage, too. Top with whipped cream and drizzle caramel.

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