Copycat Starbucks Caramel Macchiato

This homemade copycat Starbucks caramel Macchiato recipe is so simple you’ll be enjoying these all summer long!

Caramel Macchiato is a multi-layered coffee that can be served hot or iced. The word Macchiato actually means marked or stained in Italian. When you make this delicious drink, it forms gorgeous layers that are not only tasty but aesthetically pleasing as well.


You can use pre-made vanilla syrup, such as Torani Vanilla bean syrup or you can make your own (recipe included at the bottom of the post)

HOT Caramel Macchiato:

Add 2 T. Vanilla Syrup to a 12 oz Mug.
Add 2 shots Freshly Brewed Hot Espresso
Add 8 oz Steamed Milk with foam
Add 2-3 Tablespoons Caramel Sauce to the drink.

Stir & Enjoy.
Makes 1 Grande Caramel Macchiato

Iced Caramel Macchiato

You’ll Need:
Add 2 T. Vanilla Syrup to a 16 oz glass.
Add 1 shot Cold Brewed Espresso
Add 8 oz Cold Milk
Add 3 – 4 Tablespoons Caramel Sauce to the drink.

Fill a tall glass with ice, add vanilla syrup. Pour the milk over the ice and vanilla syrup. Next slowly pour the espresso shot over the milk, creating a layered effect.

Add a straw and enjoy!

Homemade Vanilla Syrup:

You’ll Need:
2 cups of water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine 2 cups water & 1 1/2 c. sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, simmer 5 minutes.

Remove from heat, add 3/4 tsp vanilla extract.

Cool. Store in a covered container in the fridge.

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Melissa Burnell, known to her friends and fans as "Liss," grew up in Southern Maine, now residing in sunny South Carolina. As a busy Wife, Mother of two sons, an avid photographer, and self-employed entrepreneur, Liss understands the value of both time and money.


  1. I believe the correct spelling and pronunciation is espresso, not expresso. I have never seen it spelled with an ‘x,’ and people incorrectly pronounce it ex-presso when it is in actuality, es-presso.

  2. All I have to say is that these are wonderful recipes! Thank you for sharing. Expresso or not who cares. You’re doing great! Keep at it.

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