Introduction: Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

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After discovering, loving, then becoming totally addicted to Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino drinks, I quickly realized that I was spending way too much money on these delicious caffeinated beverages. They average about $2.50 each, and I was drinking one every morning before work, which was really starting to add up.

So I decided I was just going to start making them myself. I was shocked when I realized how easy it was to replicate. It only takes about ten minutes to make, using things I already had in my kitchen.

Step 1: Gather Your Tools

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To make these drinks, you'll need the following items...

  • Coffee maker
  • Pitcher
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Empty Starbucks Frappuccino bottles (optional)

If you don't have a pitcher, you can use an empty milk jug to mix everything together.

You don't have to have the empty bottles for the drinks, but it does complete the experience.

Step 2: Double Brew Your Coffee

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  • 1/3 cup coffee grounds
  • 1 cup water

Brew your coffee once like normal. When it's done, you'll have about 2/3 cup of brewed coffee.

Pour the brewed coffee back into the coffee maker where you would normally pour the water, and brew it again using the same grounds. This will give you about 1/2 cup of coffee with a more concentrated coffee flavor.

Step 3: Mix and Stir

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  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix all of your ingredients together in a pitcher, and stir well.

Step 4: Pour and Chill

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If you don't have empty bottles, just stick the pitcher in the fridge to cool down.

If you have the empty bottles, fill them up and put them in the fridge. They'll get cold faster when bottled individually as opposed to the entire pitcher at once. One batch makes about 4 bottles. I only had 3 bottles, so the rest went into a travel mug and popped in the fridge.

Make sure to mix well before drinking, because the sugar tends to settle at the bottom of the pitcher or the bottles.

Once it's cold, enjoy your Frappuccino! I know I'll be enjoying it just a little bit more, knowing I'm not paying $2.50 a pop anymore!


szeiss (author)2018-01-16

I just found this recipe, thank you so much! Since I'm lactose intolerant, I used unsweetened cashew milk and cold brew along with splenda naturals (stevia), so delicious.

odellkevin (author)2017-10-03

I essentially just doubled your recipe, and then poured it back into the half-gallon milk jug and put it in the fridge. Now, every morning, I just fill up my coffee cup, and out the door I go. And I don't have to worry about cleaning and refilling the glass bottles.

SashaC19 (author)2017-05-19

Made this tonight. It was amazing!! Thanks for the recipe! I tripled the recipe to make a gallon pitcher and slightly modified by using a little heavy cream in place of some of the milk and adding the sugar during the second brew. Gave it a thicker, creamier taste and keeps sugar grains from being an issue. It was absolutely perfect!!

For the amount that you make it would be 3 2/3 cups milk and 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

ImSpanky (author)2017-04-08

Good stuff! I've tried it with whole milk, 2%, coconut and almond milk. 2% worked best with half the sugar for me. So glad I found this.

bmchristi (author)2017-04-05

It tastes exactly the same! I found it to be a tiny bit sweeter than the originals so I will put a little less sugar in it next time. Thanks so much for this perfect recipe!

dschmaeng (author)2017-03-15

any advisde on making the smores version?

BriannaD19 (author)2017-02-26

recipe for just one serving?

ZuulG (author)2017-02-03

would love Keurig instructions but beggars cant be choosers, so I love this recipe because it tastes exactly the same

ifigureditout2 made it! (author)2016-12-29

"Did we just become best friends?" - Step Brothers

Seriously though, I can't believe how easy this is to make. I put everything in a blender jar since I had no other container (bachelor life). And the blender jar instantly had me thinking about how great of a milkshake this would make. I used organic vitamin D (whole) milk which seams to have already given it a creamier milkshake type flavor.

Natbarksdale made it! (author)2016-11-09

It's really good at faste just like the regular version love it. Thx ?

TanyaG20 (author)2016-07-22

I only like the vanilla light version and apparently its not being sold anywhere anymore. I actually called Starbucks and they claim its still being made but Pepsi distributes it. I have looked all over for it including out west while on vacation. I think its off the shelf...Anyway I need the 100 calorie light version. I just cant being myself to drink 200+ calories at a time. Even the regular vanilla that is 200 calories for the 8 oz serving says it uses reduced fat milk. So I think i will try this with Stevia instead of sugar and 1% milk. Had anyone else tried to make the light version??

J ED (author)TanyaG202016-11-07

Some WinCo foods stores and 7-11's in Texas have the vanilla light version

newkid010101 (author)2016-09-03

OMG! That looks so delicious! I'm going to make some for my mom!

ashuohoehq (author)2016-07-20

CauSe i Do

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ashuohoehq (author)2016-07-20

I got hacks

triplegks (author)2016-07-05

Thanks for the recipe, love it!!

MzEarthBizkit (author)2016-05-01

Spot on mate! Tastes just like the the real McCoy! With regards to the sugar settling, I added it to the coffee pot during the 2nd brewing which sufficiently dissolved it and Abracadabra no more sugar grains to contended with ☕

Flash67 made it! (author)2016-01-24

It's really good!

KarenS219 (author)Flash672016-04-17

Just tried this ive saved so much money now using this recipe yummy love it

Flash67 (author)KarenS2192016-04-18

I know right! I was surprised at how good it was!

KarenS219 made it! (author)2016-04-17

Love it saved so much money by your recipe ty ty ty ty

ShawnS67 (author)2016-03-03

Do you use milk or condensed milk?

WaffleGuru (author)ShawnS672016-03-03

Just regular milk :)

mirandacole made it! (author)2016-02-27

I just made this using my keurig single coffe maker...i used a donut shop blend k cup...and selected a small cup on my maker (which made 1/2 cup coffee)...i DIDNT rebrew it...just added the 3 1/2 cups milk (instead of 4 but it all depends on your taste buds...1/2 cup sugar...1 1/2 tsp of vanillia (figured little extra vanillia wouldnt hurt since used imatation vanilla)... poured it all into pitcher and mixed well...and used my 4 used starbucks glass bottles to refridgerate my drinks..had some remaining in pitcher wich was enough to pribably fill another bottle...tasted the end result and was great!! Never will spend 3 dollars in stores again! It only took me all of 5minutes tops to make! Cant wait to let my friends taste it as well ?.

mirandacole (author)2016-02-20

I have a keurig k cup coffee maker amy suggestions on how to prepare coffee from using yhis coffee machine? I do have a reusable cup nd filters. (Always looking for way save money lol)....

Artemis Z (author)2016-02-06

Delicious!! I haven't had the real starbucks version in a while but... yum!

TheHumanWhiz (author)2016-01-08

does the lid rust?

WaffleGuru (author)TheHumanWhiz2016-01-08

Nope, it's coated in something plastic-y, which means it doesn't rust even after washing it over and over again. I've been using the same couple of bottles since I made this instructable several months ago, and they're still good as new.

Kittenfluff made it! (author)2015-12-27

I normally drink the mocha version, but this was pretty good to. I plan on trying a little cocoa in the next batch.

momstimeoutchair made it! (author)2015-12-17

just made this and the only thing I did differently was using vanilla bean powder instead of extract. yummy!!

TerrorKitties (author)2015-12-13

how does on make this decaf.

LarryL16 (author)2015-11-19

Oh my gosh! I just made this and it was wonderful...I don't want to spend $100 at Starbucks every year and with this recipe I can experience Starbucks without leaving my home!

sdavis82 made it! (author)2015-07-20

I am making my second batch. Thanks for the recipe.

WendarynR (author)2015-07-20

Awesome Instructable. Taste just like the real thing!

РусланЛ (author)2015-07-19

Excuse Me, i get my coffee stronger when i will double use Moka pot? Or it will burned?

madeline.stone.90 (author)2015-07-14

I just made this recipe. I can't wait to try it! The coffee smells so good!!

mcopeland10 made it! (author)2015-07-13

My girlfriend and I have been using your recipe and I'm hooked. About a week ago I bought what I hope to be my last four bottles of over-priced, name-brand coffee drink. I really like that I can just pull one out of the fridge as I leave for work. I haven't calculated the per-bottle price yet, but I imagine the homebrew is less expensive. Plus, I don't have an extra stop during my commute to wait in line at a drivethru or store! The best thing about it is that it can be modified to suit my tastes. The only potential drawbacks seem to be keeping up with a few bottles and the preparation; though recycling isn't really a drawback, it's actually simple to prepare, and takes little time. Thanks for sharing this great instructable!

WaffleGuru (author)mcopeland102015-07-13

Yeah the only downside is remembering to make them! I forgot to mix a batch up this weekend and now I have to go to work today without one, hah! But I'm really glad y'all like it! :)

amberharding82 (author)2015-07-13

Love it!

fred3655 (author)2015-07-11

I bought a coffee percolator from Amazon. It sends coffee water repeatedly through the grounds and the metal basket doesn't soak up the essential oils found in coffee like paper filters do. It is retro, but amazing how we lost flavor in transitioning to a quick coffee drip.

GoodLifeHealth (author)2015-07-10

tastes good!

The1andonlyDaniel (author)2015-07-07

Can you make a mocha frappuchino as well? Those are amazing and it would be a miracle if you could, thanks.

I think if you want to make it a mocha one, add about 2 packets of hot chocolate mix instead of the vanilla, and it should taste about right.

computer freak3 (author)2015-07-08

my daughter made some of these yesterday n she loves it says its it taste just like starbucks n now shes bitchin at me we need more vanilla lol...thanx there great

Hah, lucky more vanilla is way easier on the wallet than tons of the store-bought Starbucks drinks! I'm glad she likes it!

TeePayne (author)2015-07-07

I really liked your idea. I have been making my own iced coffee drinks for a bit of time now however, I never thought to double brew the coffee to make it stronger. Great Idea!

asmith256 (author)2015-07-07

just made these. love it!

dehsar (author)2015-07-07

thanks cant wait till i try it

Sundevildaddy (author)2015-07-07

The Mrs loves these things... My pocketbook Thanks You!

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