An iced caramel macchiato is a sweet, delicious and creamy cold coffee drink that you can make right at home.
An iced caramel macchiato is made of espresso shots, steamed milk and vanilla syrup, the concoction topped with a sweet, thick caramel sauce.
It’s a perfectly balanced coffee that’s great to sip on on a hot summer afternoon. You can conveniently make one at home – or pick it up at a coffee shop.
Iced Caramel Macchiato Recipe
- Vanilla syrup – 1 oz
- Milk (any type) – 3/4 cup
- Espresso – 1 or 2 shots
- Ice cubes
- Caramel sauce
How To Make An Iced Caramel Macchiato
1. Take a clean glass and pour the vanilla syrup into it.
2. Add in the cold milk without stirring. This gives a layered appearance – which is what makes for those captivating Instagram photos of your finished masterpiece!
3. Now add the ice cubes to almost fill the glass.
4. Finally pour in the espresso shots. You may brew your espresso using a coffee machine. Or brew it on a stove-top moccha pot. Or even buy pre-made espresso from the coffee shop!
The coffee will hang for a while at the top of your glass. As it settles, you’ll see a pretty blending of colors.
The quality of your espresso will determine the taste of your iced caramel macchiato – so choose wisely and well.
5. Top your cold coffee drink with caramel sauce.
Your iced caramel macchiato is ready to serve!
As the layers begin to meld, shoot a picture of it – and then swirl or stir the drink to enjoy a delicious mixture of flavors.
What Coffee Is Best For Iced Caramel Macchiato?
Any dark roasted coffee is fine.
A classic favorite is Starbucks Espresso Roast, though coffee purists might sniff in disdain at buying anything from the ‘fast food’ coffee chain!
There’s no denying that it’s convenient… and not half bad when it comes to taste either.
Is It Worth Making a Macchiato At Home?
Look, it’s convenient to pick up a caramel macchiato from a nearby coffee store.
But there’s no getting away from the cost of your indulgence – especially if it’s frequent.
Also, making your own caramel macchiato at home isn’t complex or time consuming – provided you have the right equipment and ingredients.
To prepare your own espresso shots, it helps if you have an espresso maker like the Nespresso/Breville espresso coffee machine.
And while you can buy bottled caramel syrup, some coffee lovers prefer to make their own caramel sauce fresh. This takes a little more time and effort.
In the end, only you can determine for yourself whether it’s worth making a cold caramel macchiato at home – or better, cheaper and more fun to just splurge on one at Starbucks!
An iced caramel macchiato is delicious – but also calorie-rich.
A single serving contains a little over 200 calories, including almost 40 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fat.
So make sure you don’t go overboard drinking too many of these decadent liquid desserts!
Got your own favorite iced caramel macchiato recipe? Share it in a comment.