Vietnamese iced coffee is one of the best ways to enjoy the brewed beverage. The bitterness of the espresso cuts through the sweetened diary perfectly. Together they make the most incredible flavor known to mankind. When served over ice, it becomes the ultimate pick-me-up refreshment.
If you are not close to a Vietnamese restaurant to get their authentic iced coffee, here is a Starbucks hack that comes pretty darn close. After a couple of runs to Starbucks and a bit of tweaking, I can confidently say that this tastes like a legit Vietnamese iced coffee.
To make this Vietnamese iced coffee at Starbucks, you need to order the following:
Iced quad espresso (that’s four shots of espresso) with two pumps of white chocolate mocha.
This Starbucks Vietnamese iced coffee hack costs $3.55 in my area. If it costs anymore than that, it’s most likely your barista is charging you for the individual shots separately. We once had a barista who charged me over $7 for this drink. Yeah, no. Then there was a barista who KNEW exactly what we were going for mid order.
Make sure to review your order. The iced quad espresso is a fixed price. Only the two pumps of white chocolate mocha should be for an additional cost for a total of $3.55. To eliminate the confusing, it’s best to order through the mobile app.
When I first had this drink, I was taken aback by the familiar taste. The white chocolate mocha syrup beautifully mimics the velvety consistency and sweetness of condensed milk. In fact, the Fontana white chocolate mocha syrups that Starbuck uses has sweetened condensed milk as one of the ingredients so it’s a no brainer that it’s the perfect substitute.
I would say this is a great 95% replication. The Starbucks version lacks the nuttiness and aroma of a traditional Vietnamese iced coffee. It was a little milder than the authentic Vietnamese iced coffee. This probably comes from the different coffee blends but hey I’m not complaining!
For those who have their own white chocolate mocha syrup stocked away in their Honda Odysessy center console box for emergencies, the iced quad espresso alone costs $2.95. You’re welcome.