This Starbucks copycat Iced Honey Almond Milk Flat White is made with homemade honey syrup and creamy almond milk. The combination of honey and coffee is really delicious and the drink comes together in just a few minutes!
Why This Recipe Works
Coffee is amazing with honey - If you've never tried honey in coffee, definitely give this flat white a try! Honey isn't usually used in coffee but it works really well and the combination should be way more popular than it is!
Honey syrup is perfect for cold drinks - Having honey syrup instead of using plain honey for cold drinks makes the preparation so much easier! This applies to any cold drinks you want to add honey into, not just coffee! Honey is very hard to mix into cold drinks and usually hardens in the drink and sinks to the bottom. Making a syrup with honey and water in a 1:1 ratio fixes this problem. The honey melts in the hot water and doesn't harden even when stored in the fridge.
Better than Starbucks - Making your own Starbucks drinks at home saves you money and time, and you know exactly what goes in. When you make your own syrup instead of buying one or buying the lattes, it's also much more delicious because it's homemade! There are no weird flavors or additives, just honey, water, vanilla, and a pinch of sea salt!
- Espresso - The recipe calls for 2 shots of espresso. You can use either regular or decaf or a mix of both for just a little bit of caffeine. If you don't have an espresso maker, you can also use cold brew or regular drip coffee. You'll just have to adjust the amount and add more because espresso is more concentrated so you'll need more regular coffee for the same amount of caffeine.
- Almond milk - I highly recommend barista almond milk. There are a lot of different brands on the market so just go with the one you like the most. I like ones that don't have too many additives. You don't have to froth the milk for this drink so thinner almond milk that will mix well with the coffee works great.
- Honey - I use raw honey and gently melt it in hot water. That way it still keeps all the nutrients. To keep this drink vegan, use maple syrup instead.
- Vanilla extract - Vanilla is added to the honey syrup to round out all the flavors. You won't really taste it but it just adds that little something and goes really well with coffee.
First, you'll make the honey syrup. It's really easy to do! Add the honey, water, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to a small saucepan. Gently warm up over medium heat stirring constantly until the honey melts.
Take the syrup off the heat and transfer it to an airtight jar. Let the syrup cool down before closing and storing.
The honey syrup will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 14 days.
Cold liquid first tip: When making iced coffees or lattes, I usually add ice and milk to the glass first, add any syrup I'm using, and pour the freshly brewed espresso over that last.
It's recommended to add hot liquids to cold, not cold to hot. If you have hot coffee and cold milk, you should add the coffee to the milk slowly, not the other way around to avoid the milk seizing up.
In this recipe, I add the coffee first but since I pour it over ice, the coffee cools down before I add the milk which means the milk won't seize up.
- To make the flat white, brew two shots of espresso, pour them over ice into a tall glass, and add your honey syrup.
- You can froth the milk or not, that's up to you. It's not necessary but I usually do just a little bit to mimic steamed milk in a hot flat white.
- Pour the almond milk over the iced coffee and drizzle with more honey for garnish. The extra honey is optional. Plain honey will freeze in an iced drink and fall to the bottom so that's really just for garnish!
Just like any iced coffees or lattes, it's best served and enjoyed right away before the ice melts into the drink.
You will end up with leftover honey syrup that can be stored in an airtight bottle or jar in the fridge for up to 14 days. Because the honey is dissolved in water, it won't harden in the fridge and you can add it to cold coffee without worrying about it freezing/hardening in your drink!
A flat white has espresso and steamed milk but no milk foam. That's the difference between a flat white and a regular latte. With an iced version, you'd have to steam the milk and then pour it over ice but it waters down the drink. I just froth it cold but for not as long as I would for a regular latte.
The original Starbucks version is made with almond milk but you can use any milk you like. My favorite is actually oat milk!
When you add honey to an iced drink, it freezes and you won't be able to mix it in. If you don't want to make the syrup, mix the honey into the hot espresso before pouring it over the ice and milk.
More Starbucks Coffee Drinks
If you're looking for more Starbucks copycat recipes, definitely check out the four below. The Chocolate one is especially my favorite! To see all the latest ones, head to the Starbucks Drinks category.
This honey almond flat white is made with homemade honey syrup and creamy almond milk. Simple and very easy to make!
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch sea salt
Iced Honey Almond Flat White:
- 2 shots of espresso
- 1-2 tablespoon honey syrup
- ½ cup almond milk
- Cinnamon (for serving, optional)
- Add everything to a small saucepan and let it warm up over low-medium heat while stirring constantly to make sure the honey doesn’t burn. It doesn’t have to boil, you just want it to be warm enough so that the honey dissolves.
- Store the syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Iced Honey Almond Flat White:
- Fill a tall glass with ice.
- Brew your espresso and pour it over the ice along with the honey syrup and swirl to mix the two.
- Froth your almond milk if desired and pour over the coffee.
- Dust with cinnamon if desired and enjoy!
Storing: Store the leftover honey syrup in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 14 days.
Keywords: flat white, honey syrup