Since I moved to London a few months ago, I’ve been both blessed and cursed with the luxury of having a Starbucks right downstairs from my office. When I lived in Paris, the occasional treat of a grande white chocolate with whipped cream was just that… an occasional treat. If I was on my scooter, then it was a dangerous balancing act trying not to spill the drink precariously tucked at my feet. If I was driving, then I had to illegally — er, creatively — park and race in and out before blocking traffic, getting a ticket… or both. Now, all I have to do is head down two flights of stairs and find myself conveniently waiting in line to order my favorite drink du jour.
I know Starbucks has a lot of haters, but I can’t help it: I love the stuff. What I don’t love, though, would definitely be the hefty price tag and the tons of sugar and calories. When I realized that I’d developed a pretty much every-day habit of indulging in the stuff, I decided it was time to shake the addiction. And by that, I mean: I decided to start making it at home.
Because I like to buy lots of cool stuff
I don’t need on Amazon, I just so happened to already have the perfect bottles to store my homemade version of these delicious drinks in. So now, I make them in advance (they keep for up to a week in the fridge) and enjoy them whenever I want, and for a fraction of the price. Fellow Starbucks addicts around the world: you’re welcome – this recipe is for you ☕️
- 150 ml coffee (brewed & chilled)
- 25 ml whole milk
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Whipped cream (optional)
Instructions: this one’s pretty simple, you just place all of the ingredients in your mug (or bottle if you’re making this ahead of time), add a little whipped cream when serving and enjoy!
Note: This recipe is a copycat of the bottled version of the Starbucks Frappucino, not the one they sell in their cafés (ie, made with ice!).