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.
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Step 1: Gather Your Tools
To make these drinks, you'll need the following items...
- Coffee maker
- 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
- 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
- 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
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!