Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte

This Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte is my version of a coffee shop classic! It’s made with your favorite espresso and your choice of milk flavored perfectly with a sweet vanilla syrup. 

Close up view of an iced blonde vanilla latte in a glass.

Easy Starbucks Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte

You may have heard about Starbuck’s blonde vanilla latte. Light roast blonde espresso, creamy milk, and sweet vanilla syrup served over ice. 

Well, what if I told you that rather than spending your life savings at your local Starbucks, you could make one in just 5 minutes right at home?

This copycat Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte is a great way to get your caffeine fix on a hot summer day.

It’s made with simple ingredients, takes a quick 5 minutes to throw together, is so much cheaper than going to Starbucks, and tastes just like the real thing!

There’s really no better way to satisfy your coffee cravings. All the coffee lovers in your life will be thanking you for this recipe! 

Looking for another fun way to get your caffeine fix? Check out my homemade coffee smoothie!

How to Make an Iced Vanilla Latte

Scroll to the recipe card below for ingredient amounts! 

This iced latte with vanilla syrup is a next level coffee you can make right at home! Here’s how:

  1. Place ice in a glass, then pour in the vanilla coffee syrup. 
Vanilla syrup poured into a glass over ice.
  1. Add cooled espresso shots, pour in the milk, then stir to combine. 
Milk being poured into an iced latte.

Tips and Notes

  • Use blonde or light roast espresso. If you can snag a bag of Starbucks blonde espresso roast to keep at home, great. If not, you can use regular light roast espresso. 
  • No espresso machine? You can use strongly brewed coffee or cold brew concentrate instead. 
  • Chill the espresso first. Once you pull your shots of espresso, I recommend letting them cool a little bit before adding them to your cold drink; otherwise they will just melt the ice. 
  • Make hot or cold. While I think this is the perfect drink chilled with ice, you can totally make it into a cozy, warm latte instead. 
  • Make homemade vanilla syrup. You can totally keep it quicker and easier with a bottle of store-bought vanilla syrup, but I love to whip up a batch of homemade vanilla syrup. It takes just a few minutes and making your own vanilla syrup is way more satisfying! 
Two iced blonde vanilla lattes in can glasses.


Once your latte is mixed up and poured over ice, it is best served right away. However, if you do happen to have some leftover, you can pour it into ice cube trays and store it in the freezer.

These coffee ice cubes can be used in place of regular ice cubes when you make future lattes. That way, your latte doesn’t get watered down as the ice melts! 

What’s the Difference Between Iced Coffee and Iced Vanilla Latte?

Iced coffee is regularly brewed coffee served over ice. There are no bells and whistles. It’s just cold coffee! 

An iced vanilla latte, on the other hand, is a little more involved. It’s made with a small amount of concentrated coffee, aka espresso, served with milk and vanilla syrup. 

What’s the Difference Between a Blonde Vanilla Latte and a Vanilla Latte?

The difference is that a regular vanilla latte can be made with any roast of espresso—dark roast, medium roast, or light roast.

A blonde vanilla latte is made specifically with blonde roast espresso, which is a variety of light roast coffee. 

Is an Iced Vanilla Latte Sweet?

It can be as sweet as you want it to be!

I give a range of 2-4 tablespoons of vanilla syrup for this recipe. That way you can adjust the drink to suit your tastes—another perk of making it at home!

If you’re not sure how much to use, start with less and add more to taste! 

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Close up view of two iced blonde vanilla latte drinks.

Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving


  • Ice, for filling the glass
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons vanilla coffee syrup, or to taste
  • 2 ounces espresso, cooled (See note.)
  • 6 ounces milk, any variety


  • Place ice in a glass then pour in the vanilla coffee syrup.
    2 to 4 tablespoons vanilla coffee syrup
  • Add the cooled espresso then pour in the milk. Stir to combine, and enjoy!
    2 ounces espresso
    6 ounces milk
  • Scroll up and see the post for tips, FAQs, and storage information.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 drink. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
*If you’d like to use coffee instead of espresso, you may need to use a little more than the recipe calls for, or brew strong coffee.
*Try cold brew espresso in place of freshly brewed!


Serving: 1drinkCalories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 6gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 96mgPotassium: 346mgSugar: 37gVitamin A: 276IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 216mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of More Than Meat and Potatoes and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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