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Iced Caramel Macchiato

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What makes a Caramel Macchiato, in my mind, is the wonderful layers. First sweet milk (milk and flavoring), then fresh espresso, topped with warm caramel sauce. Unmixed, the contrast of the bitter espresso and the sweet milk with caramel is the definition of bliss. Perfecto!

Ingredients

  • FOR DRINK ASSEMBLY:
  • 1 cup Ice (about Five Large Ice Cubes)
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Homemade Vanilla Flavoring, Or Full Batch Quick Flavoring (see Below)
  • ½ cups Espresso (1/2 Cups Water + 2 Tbsp For Espresso Maker)
  • 2 Tablespoons Caramel Sauce (warm)
  • _____
  • FOR THE FLAVORING (HOMEMADE, USE 2 TABLESPOONS):
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ¼ cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • _____
  • FOR THE FLAVORING (QUICK, USE FULL AMOUNT):
  • ¼ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar Substitute

Preparation

Five Steps to the perfect caramel macchiato:

1. Ice: To a tall glass, add about five large ice cubes (about a cup of ice).

2. Milk. Add one cup of milk on top of ice.

3. Flavoring: You can choose one of two methods, if you are in a hurry, do the first method. If not, then I suggest Method Two which is similar to the flavoring you would buy in the store!

Method One: Add a very scant 1/4 (more like just a drop) teaspoon of vanilla extract + two to three packets of your favorite substitute sugar on top of the milk. Mix with milk and ice.

Method Two: (This is best to make ahead of time) Bring the cup of sugar and 1/4 cup water to a boil without mixing (only swirling the pan) until sugar crystals are dissolved. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let cool and store in a glass jar. Use 2 Tablespoons of this to flavor the drink. Add this on top of the milk and ice and mix to combine.

4. Espresso. You will need a half a cup of espresso. To make this in an espresso machine add a half a cup + two Tablespoons of water, as some of it will evaporate. If you do not have an espresso machine you can make a VERY strong 1/2 cup of coffee.

To add the coffee to your drink grab a large spoon and hold the back of it right over the milk and pour, this way the coffee doesn’t mix with the milk (it will just sit on top of it).

5. Caramel Sauce. You can use store-bought caramel sauce of any kind, or you can make my homemade recipe in my recipe box.

Drizzle about 2 Tablespoons of caramel sauce around the edges of the cup and over the top of the drink.

Voila! You’re done! You now have a Starbucks-quality drink on your hands, and for only a fraction of the cost! Don’t get too excited!

*Note: for a HOT Caramel Macchiato you can steam the milk and leave out the ice. A great addition to this is whipped cream. Enjoy!

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Hilary on 5.17.2014

I am having the same problem as below, the vanilla syrup crystallized and hardened as soon as it cooled off. Is it because I used organic cane sugar? Should I use more water?

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Matthew on 1.14.2013

I love this recipie, found it on here about a week ago… my wife limits me to one a day now. The first day I drank 5 of them. One question about the flavoring. I make method 2 ahead of time and I am having issues with it crystalizing after it has all become clear in the cooking process and been stored for a few days. I have tried storing in fridge and on counter.

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everydayisgourmet on 6.2.2010

No problem! I love this, and make it a lot!

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jilly83 on 5.30.2010

This looks awesome! I love caramel and have been looking for an iced caramel coffee drink for summer. Thanks!

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crazydaisy on 4.14.2013

So good. I think the vanilla syrup and suspending the coffee makes a great difference. Thanks for the recipe!

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jessmarie on 6.19.2010

This is my favorite drink to order in the summer, and now I can make it at home! I did make the sugar-water-vanilla flavoring, which was quick, simple and tasty. The drink was delicious, and it was easy to tweak the coffee/milk/syrup proportions to get the right amount of sweetness for differing preferences. Thanks for the great recipe!

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