My favorite mid-day drink: Homemade Iced Latte

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Welcome to one my favorite spots in my house! I love this little coffee room! It has come together nicely and it’s a much better option for my house than having a formal dining table.

I may be the only one who drinks coffee, but I drink enough of it to make an entire room dedicated to it make absolute and total sense.

Okay, I may have to justify it from time to time, but we had nothing else to put here so I happily just decorated it around the coffee bar!

I typically start my day with a hot cup of coffee with a splash of half & half. I used to be a die hard vanilla coffee creamer gal until I read the ingredients on the package and was repulsed. I switched to half & half and never looked back.

I love treating myself to a homemade iced vanilla latte in the middle of the day. It’s usually during nap time when I’m catching up on housework or e-mails, and it gives me a boost to keep my energy up until the end of the night.

My “recipe” is really simple, but could not be achieved without my Nespresso Citiz & Milk. I love this machine so much! I typically purchase the espresso pods on Amazon, these are the favors I like! I like using Roma and Ristretto when I make latte’s because they are a bit more intense than some other flavors.

To start, I fill a glass about half way up with ice. Then I’ll choose the larger of the two options on the machine, which I’m pretty sure equals 2 shots of espresso.

After the espresso is finished, I’ll squeeze 1 pump of Starbucks Vanilla syrup into the glass. I like to think the the warmth from the espresso helps mix the flavor in but I don’t actually know if that’s the case!

I’ll froth the milk on the cold setting for iced lattes, and obviously choose the hot/steam option for hot drinks. The frother works so fast and gives such a nice amount of foam.

It takes just a minute or two to cool down to a nice chilly temperature and then I drink it! It tastes almost exactly like an iced vanilla latte that I would buy at Starbucks but it’s better because I don’t mistakenly get served the skinny vanilla syrup which tastes like literal poison NOR do I have to leave my house to get it!

I haven’t experimented too much with other espresso beverages, but if YOU have please let me know your favorite recipes below in the comments!

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  1. Posted August 21, 2017

    You’re so lucky to have a little coffee room at your house! It’s such a cute idea, perfect for coffee lovers!

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  2. Connie says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    Nespresso sells their pods on Amazon?

    • Kate says
      Posted August 21, 2017

      That is where I buy mine, yes

  3. Casey says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    We bought the Nespresso Virtuoline and milk frother right before my second son was born. We converted the sitting room off of our master bedroom into a coffee bar and it’s been the BEST DECISION EVER. I don’t even have to leave my room to have caffeinated deliciousness and sometimes I {{may}} have a cup when I’m up for a nighttime feeding! I can’t wait to try the iced latte recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Alex says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    I bet caramel is pretty good too!

  5. Katie says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    As I sit here in my office sipping my triple vanilla latte from Starbucks…I am mighty tempted to purchase the Nespresso machine. Particularly on Monday mornings when I have to leave my house 20 minutes early to get my fix.

    Great post — thank you!

  6. Laura B. says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    We turned our formal dining into a coffee room too! And it’s the most used room in the house. Sitting right along side the kitchen, it’s where we all hang out!

    As for iced coffees, here’s my little tip. I freeze leftover coffee from the morning into ice cube trays to be used in my iced coffees. That way my iced coffee doesn’t get watered down when the cubes start to melt!

    • Kate says
      Posted August 21, 2017

      That is a great tip!

  7. Rachel says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    You should definitely try the Ninja Coffee Bar. It does sooo much more and you don’t have to buy expensive pods, it uses regular coffee grinds. I absolutely love it!

  8. Tasha says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    We bought this exact Nespresso machine when our Keurig (and its replacement) died, and we have not regretted the decision for an instant. The coffee is amazing, and it really helps us enjoy the little simple luxuries at home!
    I’ve found that running a strong pod like Roma or Arpeggio twice through the lungo button gives just the right size for a morning coffee, and on days that I want to treat myself I’ll make a cappuccino or latte. I also bought some decaf pods for afternoon and nighttime, since I’m still nursing and otherwise my son would be jumping off the walls lol. Perfect coffee, every time.

    • Diane says
      Posted August 21, 2017

      this is a great tip about running it as a double!

    • Krystal says
      Posted August 21, 2017

      I did the same thing! Not a single regret! ❤

    • Krystal says
      Posted August 21, 2017

      I got a Nespresso on your recommendation. Best decision ever! I love lattes and iced lattes!! ❤

  9. Melissa C says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    This room is what my dreams are made of!! Maybe if I promise to drop my sbucks habit I can talk my hubby into it 🙂

  10. Kerri says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    Yum! That looks delicious.

  11. Kim says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    I need a milk frother! I couldn’t live without my espresso haha I need to try this recipe!

    Kim

    http://trendkeeper.me .. from the Miami Swim runway!

  12. Lauren says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    I have the nespresso machine that has the milk part attached to it, and it doesn’t have a cold setting so I feel like it always just melts the ice when I do that, but maybe I just need to experiment more. I should also get the Starbucks syrups – genius idea!

  13. Ray says
    Posted August 21, 2017
  14. Tamara says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    I am excited to try this and am thrilled to have another option for Nespresso machine! Thank you for sharing!

  15. Katie says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    I love to make iced lattes at home! When I was recently visiting the outerbanks this summer with family we ventured out to a local coffe shop that served coconut cream pie iced lattes- which is an iced latte with French vanilla syrup and coconut syrup. It was out of this world good! I add a splash of heavy whipping cream to send it over the top on days that I need a little treat! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Lisa corbett says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    Pls Tell me where you got your blouse! So cute!

    • Lisa says
      Posted August 23, 2017

      I may have to try this! I usually just brew strong coffee the night before and put it in the fridge overnight. Cold brewing has never worked for me, it always tastes so watered down! yuck

  17. Brenda says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    Here’s another way to get an iced latte without any equipment, other than a coffee press (a Bodum or similar). I have a 2 cup coffee press. I put in about 1/2 cup coarse ground coffee in the press, stir and top it with water. DO NOT PRESS THE COFFEE OUT YET. If you want any sweetener, put in 1-2 Tbsp brown sugar and a quick shake of cinnamon. Put it in the fridge for overnight. The next day, press out the coffee, pour over ice and top with your choice of milk or cream. Voila! Very tasty. Will make 2 lovely iced lattes. You can experiment with sugar, sweeteners or spices to your taste.

    • Christina says
      Posted August 22, 2017

      Thank you!! I don’t have an espresso machine but Love iced lattes, coffees etc. I’ve experimented a little bit with our French press but never can get it quite right! I’m going to try your recipe today!!

  18. Margie Cooper says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    I’d love to see the entire room. It looks amazing!

  19. Kristine says
    Posted August 21, 2017

    I’d dedicate an entire room to coffee if I had it too! Lucky you…haha!
    I love my Nespresso! I make an iced americano in the afternoons with the half caf/half decaf pod.

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    Posted August 21, 2017

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  21. CoffeeLover says
    Posted August 22, 2017

    Haha NO, the bigger cup is not a double shot of espresso, it’s a lungo. So if you’re using a single espresso pod on the lungo setting, you’re just making a bigger, weaker espresso.

    • Kate says
      Posted August 22, 2017

      oh gotcha!

  22. Jennifer says
    Posted August 22, 2017

    I totally agree with you on the sugar free syrups….yuck!

  23. Michela says
    Posted August 23, 2017

    I always treat myself with an iced latte as my afternoon snack. Since teh moment I bought my nespresso machine I cannot live without it!
    Miki x

    https://littletasteofbeauty.blogspot.it/

  24. Lisa says
    Posted August 23, 2017

    I recently made my own liquid sugar that I use to sweeten my homemade iced coffee. Equal parts water and white sugar (I did 1 cup of each), with a few drops of lemon juice (helps prevent it to crystalize later) and a splash of vanilla. I put it in a Tupperware container and let it sit on my counter for a week or two at a time!

  25. Jen says
    Posted August 23, 2017

    That is neat you have room for a bar area! I just have an at home espresso machine and it actually does not have a large footprint on the counter. I just pull the shot of espresso and mix with flavor and milk in a glass, then add ice. If you mix the coffee with the milk and flavor before adding the ice, the ice does not melt as much. I worked at an espresso place all through college and once you get used to making your own, I am so picky ordering anywhere! I honestly have steered clear of any of these more automated machines, because the traditional way is easy and less extra stuff to buy. However, all that matters with anything is that we love what works for us and we enjoy it! 🙂 I think other than the convenience of making drinks at home, I feel giddy how much I am saving every time. I totally agree with you about sugar free!