Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

If you've got an espresso/cappuccino machine you're well on your way to recreating a top-choice Starbucks coffee drink. For the caramel part, you can use any caramel sauce that you find in the grocery store near the ice cream toppings. Pick your favorite. Just note that to make this recipe work best you'll only need 3 tablespoons of a richer caramel sauce (like the stuff Starbucks uses), but more like 4 tablespoons of a lighter sauce (such as fat-free Smuckers). For the vanilla syrup you can use the bottled syrups, such as those made by Torani, or just whip up a your own clone from scratch. By the way, if you want to make this clone super accurate, pick up bottles of the authentic vanilla syrup and caramel sauce sold in Starbucks stores.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. You can use vanilla syrup from a bottle for the drink or make your own vanilla syrup following this Top Secret Recipe: Simply combine 2 cups water and 1 1/2 cups sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, then add 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  3. Remove from heat and cool.
  4. Store in a covered container.
  5. To make your coffee drink, add two tablespoon of vanilla syrup to a 16-ounce glass.
  6. Add 1/2 cup fresh brewed espresso followed by 8 ounces of steamed milk.
  7. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons caramel sauce to the drink.
  8. Stir before drinking.


Most Helpful

I made this last night. It was AMAZING!!! I used the caramel recipe #69479 It was soooo good. Between the caramel and the vanilla syrup I made I will be able to have them for the rest of the week!! I can even share with others!!(maybe) Thanks for the recipe!

Ontariogirl November 24, 2006

Hello! My ex introduced me to this excellent drink at Starbucks several years ago and I LOVE it! I plan on purchasing an espresso machine soon so I need to ask how to make an UPSIDE-DOWN version, lol. This is what we always ordered: a Grande-upside-down-triple-Caramel Macchiato! Could someone explain how to make this please? Also, any suggestions on a good, fairly inexpensive espresso machine would be appreciated as well! Thanks! : )

markschu November 28, 2009

Delicious! I made this for my mom to "warm her up". We had the vanilla syrup from Starbucks and I used Smucker's Caramel syrup for the caramel part. I followed the former barista's method. Perfect!

frozen_rain January 03, 2009

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