Starbucks Pistachio Latte (Copycat Recipe)
We’re back with another copycat recipe: the Starbucks Pistachio Latte! This milk-based nutty brew is smooth, creamy, deliciously sweet, and infused with the flavor of pistachios. It’s time you learned to make this Starbucks Pistachio Latte at home and added some novelty to your coffee routine.
What You Need
- 1 or 2 shots of espresso
- 1 cup of whole milk
- 1 or 2 tbsp of sweet pistachio syrup
- 1 tbsp of butter
- 1 tsp of brown sugar
- Optional (To Make Pistachio Syrup):
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of water
- ½ cup of chopped pistachios
- ¼ cup of butter
- 1 tsp of almond extract
- ¼ tsp of salt
- A light-colored pan
At A Glance
One latte drink (12 fluid oz.)
- Use storebought pistachio syrup or make your own with the optional ingredients.
- Use oat milk, coconut milk, or any other milk of choice for a dairy-free option. Use vegan butter to make this recipe a plant-based coffee drink.
How To Make The Copycat Starbucks’ Pistachio Latte Recipe
Just follow these quick steps to make a homemade version of the Starbucks’ Pistachio Latte. You’ll be enjoying this easy recipe in no time!
1. Brew The Espresso
To make the Pistachio Latte, start by brewing one or two shots of espresso with an espresso machine, depending on the desired intensity of your personalized copycat Starbucks version of this latte. If you don’t have an espresso machine, use instant espresso or strong brewed coffee made with a French Press or strong coffee from any other brewing method like an Aeropress or Moka pot.
Pro Tip: Starbucks makes their Pistachio Latte using their own dark roast Starbucks® Espresso Roast (1). You may opt to do the same or use another dark roast with inherent cocoa notes to compliment the pistachio flavor of your brew. Avoid using a light roast, which will leave you with a more acidic and flat-tasting espresso.
2. Brown The Butter For The Pistachio Syrup
For the ambitious ones, use the time while the espresso or coffee is brewing to brown butter, we think it adds great nutty flavor to this Starbucks copycat Pistachio Latte recipe.
To do so, cut the 1/4 cup of butter into similarly-sized cubes in a small saucepan—heat butter over low-to-medium heat or medium heat. Stir constantly until the butter melts and slightly darkens to a golden-brown hue. Wait until the milk solids and foam settle, then remove the rich brown butter from the heat.
Add a pinch of salt to the browned butter for salted brown butter if you use unsalted butter. Extra brown butter can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
3. Prepare The Pistachio Syrup To Combine With The Butter
You don’t need Starbucks’ pistachio syrup to get that characteristic pistachio flavoring for coffee. If you want to make your own pistachio sauce for coffee, you need to:
- Boil 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar
- Lower to a simmer
- Add 1/2 cup of chopped pistachios
- Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Add 1 tsp almond extract and stir
Once you finish this, combine your store-bought or homemade pistachio syrup with butter or with the browned butter you made in Step 2.
Pro Tip: If you don’t have almond extract, get creative and try vanilla extract, hazelnut extract, or any other nut flavor extracts you might have. An almond-flavored liquor works too, or even cinnamon if you want more stereotypically cozy flavors in your coffee drinks.
4. Froth The Milk
Use the steam wand on your espresso machine (a milk steamer) or a milk frother to froth the whole milk to a creamy consistency.
5. Assemble The Pistachio Latte, And Enjoy!
Stir 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tsp of brown sugar into the coffee or espresso. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of pistachio syrup. Pour coffee and syrup in the steamed milk.
Voila! You’ve now got a homemade Starbucks Pistachio Latte! Enjoy this as a hot pistachio coffee, or make it an iced Pistachio Latte Starbucks copycat by pouring it over ice in a chilled mason jar. For an iced latte, regular cold milk works, but if you still want froth milk, use the cool milk frother setting for the milk. Top your hot or iced coffee with whipped cream and pistachio syrup for more visual and tasty pizzazz!
Pro Tip: Use any remaining salted brown butter you have to make cookies! Starbucks bakes and crushes up shortbread cookies to sprinkle over their Pistachio Lattes. Creating your own salted brown butter topping with a crushed-up salted brown butter cookie will elevate your coffee-drinking experience.
For more Starbucks holiday drinks to make at home, check out some of our favorites, starting with the Chestnut Praline Latte and the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Starbucks copycats or following a simple Almond Milk Cold Brew Coffee recipe.
All you need to make a copycat Starbucks Pistachio Latte at home is espresso, milk, sugar, butter, and pistachio syrup. But true coffee connoisseurs who pride themselves on taking on challenges can make pistachio syrup from scratch using simple syrup, browned butter, pistachios, almond extract, and salt. The flavor is out of this world!
The type of milk that tastes the best for a Pistachio Latte is a matter of personal preference. In terms of the best-tasting milk alternative for a Pistachio Latte, unsweetened almond milk or chocolate almond milk will enhance the natural nuttiness of the pistachios used in the brew.
Whole milk makes the creamiest latte as it both froths and steams the best to form a sweet, smooth, and sensational sipping mouthfeel with its creamy consistency. This milk’s proteins, fats, sugar, and water are perfectly balanced to produce a streamlined microfoam. Try 2% or skim milk as a healthier dairy alternative to whole milk (2).
The Starbucks Pistachio Latte is not a healthy choice for daily consumption. In 473 ml, Pistachio Latte Starbucks’ calories amount to 320. There are also 9 g of total fats, 25 mg of cholesterol, 310 mg of sodium, 48 g of carbohydrates, 12 g of protein, and 150 mg of caffeine (3).
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- Kerr, G. (2019, January 7). Which Milk Is the Better Choice, Whole or 2 Percent? Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://www.livestrong.com/article/540991-nutritional-value-of-whole-milk-vs-2/
- Starbucks. (n.d.). Pistachio Latte. Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://www.starbucks.ca/menu/product/2123404/hot/nutrition