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Goodbye, McDonald's Drive-Thru: How To Make Awesome Iced Cappuccino at Home

Most of you all know that I’m not an early bird. So when I started running with the Other Sarah last month, it was with the condition that I have coffee after those 6 AM runs.

A problem arose. Turns out, I’m too cheap and too calorie conscious to let myself grab a coffee at McDonald’s every morning, but I don’t have a coffee pot at home either. So I’ve been making due with what I do have: a counter-top espresso machine and loads of Torani syrup.

And so I thought I might share with you all my iced cappuccino recipe today.

Awesome Iced Cappuccino

Makes one 16 oz. beverage.


  • Ice
  • 2-3 oz. espresso OR 8 oz. coffee*
  • 1-2 oz. Torani syrup** of your choice***
  • Skim milk


  1. Measure and pour Torani syrup into a 16 oz. glass or container.
  2. Fill your glass with ice. If you’re using hot espresso or coffee, fill the container to the very top. If you’re using chilled espresso or coffee, fill 3/4 with ice.
  3. Measure and pour espresso or coffee into the same 16 oz. glass. If you’re using hot espresso/coffee, it’s OK if the ice melts.
  4. Top off your glass with skim milk.
  5. Stir and enjoy.

And that’s it! If you’ve made the espresso or coffee ahead of time, it only takes 3-4 minutes to put together, which is another reason why I like making it. A hot cappuccino on my machine would take me 15 minutes to make every morning. Plus, my recipe is made with skim milk and McDonald’s is made with cream, so I’m saving in the fat and calorie departments. Yes, Torani syrup is a bit high in calories since it’s pure cane sugar, but the company also makes sugar-free varieties if you’re into that sort of thing. And you can forgo the syrup all together if you like.

* My espresso machine makes up to four servings of espresso at a time, so I save leftover espresso for the next morning and use it chilled.

** I’m a syrup snob; therefore, I prefer Torani syrup. In my area, you can find it at Price Cutter, coffee shops, and boutique kitchen stores.

*** My favorite flavors are almond roca, hazelnut, Irish cream, and coconut. You could even get fancy and combine flavors. My favorite combos are almond roca/coconut, Irish cream/hazelnut, and vanilla/caramel.


2 thoughts on “Goodbye, McDonald's Drive-Thru: How To Make Awesome Iced Cappuccino at Home

  1. What in the heck is torani syrup and is there a common substitute that I might have in the house? I usually drink old coffee with ice soy milk , truvia and cinnamon. WIll try anything once.
    I am going to get caught up on some of your blogs.

    • Torani syrup is a brand of Italian syrups commonly used in coffee houses. You probably won’t have a common substitute in your house, but if you’ve ever gotten a cappuccino at Starbucks or whatnot, they’ve flavored it with a syrup similar to Torani. Da Vinci is another common syrup brand.

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