How to make Starbuck's salted caramel mocha copycat recipe

Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Mocha

Did you know that Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Mocha’s main flavor isn’t actually Salted Caramel?

Every season, Starbuck’s drops their holiday-specific drinks, like the Salted Caramel Mocha (my personal fave) and they are so popular — for good reason. These are easy to recreate at home, so you can keep drinking it even when it’s been discontinued. This series will include the original Pumpkin Spice Latte, the Salted Caramel Mocha, and the Peppermint Mocha. Today we’re going to focus on Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Mocha.

*Looking for the original PSL recipe? Click here.

I’ve done quite a few Starbuck’s copycat recipes on this blog –like a lot. You can find them by typing ‘Starbuck’s copycat recipes’ in the search bar at the top. Some of my most popular recipes include the 

Mango Dragonfruit Refresher, Strawberry Acai refresher, and Pumpkin Cold Brew.

Now, when I make my Starbuck’s copycat recipes, I want my recipes to be as close to EXACT as possible, so that’s what you’re getting. At the bottom of this post, I’ll provide flavoring options (including sugar-free).

We’ll start by talking about the ingredients.

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What’s Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Mocha made of?

According to their website…

*See What to Buy heading for ingredient recommendations*


Mocha Sauce 

Brewed Espresso

Toffee Nut Syrup – yeah, you read that right, Toffee nut.

Whipped Cream

Caramel Sauce 

Sea Salt Topping

How to make it…

*See the chart at the bottom of this page for recipe specifics*

A traditional mocha consists of espresso, steamed milk, mocha sauce and a small amount of milk foam. If you’re like me, and frequently make your own lattes at home, buying a small espresso machine is a good idea. It’s not necessary, but it makes this process much easierCheck out my ‘what to buy’ heading for some recommendations, and the chart at the bottom of this page for recipe specifics.

If you have an espresso machine, this process is easy.

  1. Tightly pack your ground coffee into the portafilter.
  2. Add water (see chart below) into the chamber.
  3. Brew the espresso.
  4. Steam the milk using the steaming wand. Use the wand to create foam by agitating the milk. The temperature should reach between 150 – 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Add flavorings, espresso, and steamed milk. Enjoy!

Without an espresso machine…

  1. Brew extra strong coffee using your method of choice. For stronger coffee, use double the grounds and try a darker roast. This may take some trial and error to get it just right.
  2. Using a mason jar, microwave your milk for 15 seconds at a time until it reaches temperature.
  3. Cap the mason jar and vigorously shake to create foam. This option will create more foam because it is not as controlled, but it will get the job done.
  4. Add flavorings, espresso, and hot milk. Enjoy!

Other notes – If you are using a traditional pot to make your espresso, add an extra ounce of water to account for the coffee grounds soaking up water.

*Iced Salted Caramel Mocha options

  1. Make espresso using your preferred method.
  2. Place espresso into the fridge to cool. This will keep the ice from melting.
  3. Add ice to your glass
  4. Add flavoring.
  5. Pour in cold espresso.
  6. Fill with milk.

What to buy?

Espresso maker

I’ve used a similar one for a long time. I think it’s a great, inexpensive beginner’s machine.

Get it here

Milk Frothing Pitcher

Milk frothing pitcher with handle for steaming milk.

Get it here |

Toffee nut syrup options:

Starbuck’s Toffee Nut Syrup |

Alt. Toffee Nut Syrup |

Brown Butter Toffee nut |

Sugar – free Toffee |

Mocha Sauce options:

Starbuck’s Mocha Sauce |

Alt. Mocha Sauce |

Caramel Sauce options:

Caramel Sauce |

Salted Caramel Sauce |

How to make Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Mocha Chart

**Tablespoon/Ounce conversions are approximations**

Personally, I use a little less than what’s listed on Starbuck’s because I’m trying to cut down on sugar, so always taste and adjust as needed.


1 shot = 1 ounce

3 pumps mocha -3 tbsp

3 pumps toffee nut syrup = 1 1/2 tbsp

4 oz milk


2 shots = 2 ounces

4 pumps mocha sauce – 4 tbsp

4 pumps toffee nut = 2 tbsp

6 oz milk


2 shots = 2 ounces

5 pumps mocha sauce -5 tbsp

5 pumps toffee nut = 2 1/2 tbsp

8 oz milk

Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Mocha

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Servings 16 oz


  • 2 oz espresso, strongly brewed coffee
  • 4 pumps mocha sauce, 4 tbsp
  • 4 pumps toffee nut syrup 2 tbsp
  • 6 oz milk steamed
  • ice* for iced latte


  1. Brew extra strong coffee with brewing method of choice. (best and easiest with an espresso machine, but can be done with any method of coffee brewing)

  2. Steam coffee with steam wand on espresso machine, or microwave for 15 secs at a time until milk reaches 150 – 160 degrees F. Cap and shake to create foam.

  3. add flavorings, espresso, and milk.

Recipe Notes

**please see blog post for tall and venti recipes, tips and where to find ingredients.


chill espresso if making iced version; skip milk steaming. 

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