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Starbucks Vanilla Iced Coffee (Copycat Recipe)

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When you put together ingredients as tasty as vanilla and coffee, it’s hard to get your drink wrong. Our vanilla ice coffee recipe makes the most of both fine, freshly brewed coffee and vanilla, this time in the form of decadently unctuous ice cream.

Here’s the idea. Vanilla milkshakes, which are mostly vanilla ice cream and milk, are fantastic, and with an espresso shot, they can become the creamiest vanilla ice coffee you’ve tried.

When it comes to using vanilla in your coffee, you don’t have many options. You either use vanilla syrup, which most of us don’t have at home, you can add a few drops of vanilla extract, rendering a weak coffee, or use vanilla ice cream. So, which one sounds better? I agree. Vanilla ice cream is just right, and it’s elevated with a shot of our favorite brew.

Did you know vanilla ice cream is the most popular ice cream in the world? And here’s another fact. It takes three gallons of milk to make one gallon of ice cream. I just thought you’d find this information useful to start a conversation over a cup of coffee.


Back to our iced coffee, you want to use a medium-roast Arabica coffee, sometimes called City or American roast. We don’t want the charred, chocolatey flavors of dark roasts but the malty sweetness of golden coffee beans.

Actually, light and medium roasts are trending right now, contrasting wildly with the heavy roasts popular a decade ago.

The final ingredient is milk, and we’re using it to lighten our mixture a bit. Of course, if you like your milkshakes thick, you might want to make this iced coffee with as little milk as possible. Since we’re pouring our vanilla coffee over ice, dilution will also help, so don’t worry too much about this.

Because we want our milkshake and iced coffee hybrid frothy, almost foamy, we’re using our blender, but if you have a cocktail shaker or just a mason jar with a lid, you can shake your ingredients for similar results.

The best part of this recipe is that it takes just a few minutes. We’re talking three ingredients plus your ice, and you’re enjoying both your coffee and one of the most popular desserts at once. What’s not to love?

How to Make It

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Total Time5 min
  • Energy166 cal


  • 1 cup of fresh ice



In a blender, add the ice cream, the coffee and the milk. Blend until smooth. If the blender gets stuck, add a little more milk.


Fill a glass with ice and pour in the milkshaky vanilla coffee.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Amount per serving
  • Calories166
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat8.2 g78 g10.51%
  • Saturated Fat5.2 g20 g26%
  • Cholesterol34 mg300 mg11.33%
  • Sodium84 mg2300 mg3.65%
  • Total Carbohydrate18.8 g275 g6.84%
  • Dietary Fiber0.5 g28 g1.79%
  • Total Sugars16.6 g
  • Protein4.2 g50 g8.4%
  • Calcium148 mg1300 mg11.38%
  • Potassium196 mg4700 mg4.17%
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