Homemade Vanilla Syrup & Caramel Macchiato

Brrr!  How’s the weather where you are?

It is frigid where I am plus, I got a Nespresso for Christmas, so it’s the perfect time to settle in with a cup of coffee and a great book.

And by cup of coffee, I mean it’s time to start making fancy coffees at home!!!  Hooray!

I decided to start with my coffee shop favorite – a caramel macchiato!  To make that, I needed vanilla syrup.  And because of coldness, that was definitely not happening, so I made my own and then made my macchiato!

The vanilla syrup is perfect!  It packs a vanilla punch with an amazing depth of flavor because of the brown sugar.

Plus – it was the perfect addition to my macchiato!  I must admit – I have made a lot of these yummy coffees since Christmas!

Want more drinks to warm you up?

Homemade Vanilla Syrup
Adapted from Genius Kitchen

1 cup water
2/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Simmer, stirring frequently until the sugar is dissolved.

Cool and store in an airtight container.

Caramel Macchiato

2/3 cup cashew milk (or milk of choice)
2 ounces espresso
1-2 tablespoons vanilla syrup
1 tablespoon salted caramel sauce

Heat the milk (froth if desired).  Stir the vanilla syrup and half the caramel sauce into the hot milk.  Pour into a coffee mug.

Carefully add the espresso to the center of the coffee.  Drizzle with remaining caramel sauce and enjoy.


  1. What is a Nespresso? Your coffee sounds wonderful.

    1. It's an at home espresso machine - like a Kureig, only not!

  2. Fancy coffee at home sounds so fun, and caramel coffee is the best!

  3. You had my attention at caramel and homemade vanilla syrup too!

  4. Perfect for cool days - love it.


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