Call us crazy, but spending more than a few bucks on a cup of coffee just isn't right. But the thing is, Starbucks' diverse menu of caffeinated beverages is just too delicious to resist! Luckily, you can now make your favorite Starbucks drinks from the comfort of your own home. From seasonal specialities, through secret menu items, to the absolute classics, you can enjoy the following Starbucks recipes whenever and however you want. And best of all, you can do so for a fraction of the price.
1. Caramel Macchiato
You don’t have to be a professional barista to make your own Caramel Macchiato, but you may need a professional tool. Many beverages on this list, including the Caramel Macchiato, wouldn’t be the same without perfectly frothed milk. The easiest way to froth milk is with an actual milk frother, but if you don’t have one, you can foam the milk manually with a whisk.
Drizzle the inside of a tall glass with caramel sauce or vanilla sauce. Or both, if you have a sweet tooth. Pour in your frothed milk, add 1 shot of espresso, and then cover the beverage with thick foam. Voila!
2. Strawberry Crème Frappuccino
A former Starbucks barista revealed just how difficult it is to make every 11-year-old's favorite Starbucks beverage, the Frappuccino. “They require much more effort to make than any other drink,” Danielle Damrell told Insider. Luckily, you probably won’t have that issue if you blend up your own frap at home. All you need for the homemade version of a Strawberry Crème Frappuccino is ice, milk, strawberries, and strawberry syrup.
Toss 1 cup of ice cubes, 1 cup of milk, ½ cup of strawberries, 2 tablespoons of strawberry syrup, and 2 tablespoons of sugar into a blender. You can mix the liquid to your desired consistency. Add whipped cream to the top when you’re done!
3. Oatmeal Cookie Café Au Lait
You may not have heard of Starbucks' Oatmeal Cookie Café Au Lait, and that's because it's one of the coffee chain's newest autumnal offerings. What gives this beverage its wholesome flavor is the oatmeal cookie syrup, which you can make by combining ½ cups of brown sugar and water, a ¼ cup of rolled oats, a ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and a ¼ teaspoon of vanilla in a saucepan. Let it simmer for about five minutes, or until the mixture thickens.
Drizzle a tablespoon or 2 of the cookie syrup into an empty mug. Pour in your freshly-made coffee, and then add hot milk. Starbucks recommends adding dollops of whipped cream to the top of your coffee, along with a drizzle of cookie butter.
4. Chai Tea Latte
“If you’re looking for a fresh, hand-made option, Starbucks’ chai is not it,” former Starbucks employee Damrell revealed. But making your own Chai Tea Latte at home should guarantee freshness! To make this classic beverage, you’ll have to raid your spice cabinet. Chai Tea’s base is black tea, but it relies on ginger, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, and, of course, cinnamon in order to achieve its characteristically spicy flavor.
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil with the tea bags, cinnamon stick, and spices (about ½-¼ teaspoon each). Stir in 1 cup of milk as the mixture simmers. Pour the mixture over a strainer, and then drink up.