Easy Peasy Iced Vanilla Latte + {GIVEAWAY}


We all have those weird memories that stand out for us from childhood, the ones that were completely insignificant in the moment but feel somewhat pivotal now. One of those memories for me revolves around coffee, that steaming pot of good morning.

As a little kid, I’d wake up each morning and make my way downstairs catching wafts of some vanilla concoction my mom had brewed up. Do you remember those little tins of coffee powder? They made the most delectable smelling cup of coffee each morning. Anyways. On this particular morning that smell beckoned me forward to find her on the porch enjoying her coffee and I asked for just a little sip. She passed the cup over, all the while knowing it wasn’t going to be something I actually wanted. She was right, it never tasted even a fraction as good as it smelled in my little girl world.

In an homage to this memory, my Mom and I teamed up with Seattle’s Best coffee (I met them at Blissdom, they were amazingly nice) to make a version of that exact coffee that, now, actually tastes as good as it smells.  I present an extremely easy and even more delicious version of the Iced Vanilla Latte:


Easy Peasy Iced Vanilla Latte


2 tbsp. vanilla simple syrup (see recipe below) 1/3 cup whole milk coffee ice cubes (see directions below) Seattle’s Best Level 4, Medium-Roast Coffee brewed (we used 3.5 scoops for a pot) or you can use the Seattle’s Best recipe for cold brewing!


1.) Fill your cup (or fancy tumbler) with coffee ice cubes.


2.) Pour simple syrup and whole milk into the bottom of the cup


3.) Fill the rest of the cup with your coffee of choice. Stir!


4.) Voila! Enjoy a delicious, easy and perfect drink for summer mornings.

Vanilla Simple Syrup


1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup white sugar 1/2 cup water Pinch of cinnamon 4 tbsp. vanilla extract


1.) Put both sugars, water and pinch of cinnamon in a pot over medium heat. Bring to boil. 2.) Once it boils, pull the pot off the stove and pour the vanilla into the syrup and stir. Allow to cool. You’re done! Note: Don’t be alarmed that your syrup is quite dark in hue (almost coffee-colored). The brown sugar/vanilla have that effect – it’s perfectly normal.

Coffee Ice Cubes


Take your left over coffee and pour it in your ice-cube tray and freeze! They’re perfect for cooling down your coffee without making it watery.

And, you know the best part? — A GIVEAWAY —

Because the people at Seattle’s Best are so amazing and so very generous, they offered to give away your very own prize Hot Iced Giveaway pack, so that you can make a big glass of your favorite iced (or hot) coffee at home.

Seattle's Best Hot Iced Giveaway Prize Package - Life, Love and Garlic.com

The Hot Iced Giveaway prize pack includes:

  • One-month supply of Seattle’s Best Coffee® (4 bags!)
  • Seattle’s Best Coffee Tumbler for your iced and frozen coffee drinks
  • Seattle’s Best Coffee Hot Travel Mug to enjoy their brewed coffee on-the-go
  • Melitta coffee brewer and recipe for a totally new way to make a single cup of coffee
  • Simple Iced Coffee recipe featuring their go-to cold brew method
  • Coffee scoop to measure the perfect amount of coffee

There are two ways to enter.

1.) Leave a comment with the answer to this question: 

What’s your favorite coffee drink to order (or make at home)?

2.) Tweet the following message (and leave a comment that you did so): 

I just entered the Seattle’s Best Hot Iced Giveaway over at Life, Love and Garlic and you should too! Click to enter: http://wp.me/pxNUw-Dl

*The giveaway will run until 10:00 PM MST on July 24, 2013! I’ll use random.org to choose a winner, limit of 2 entries per person. Good luck!

**UPDATE: Kyle was the winner of The Hot Iced Giveaway Prize Pack. This giveaway is now closed. **

Published by Megan

I'm a marketer, cook, avid bug hater, cupcake lover, hiker, klutz, and married lady living in the great state of Colorado... My name is Megan Stecker and I'm a Colorado native. That's right, born and raised. I currently live in Denver and work in Marketing. I love what I do and watching it impact my client's business. I love to cook and bake. A good glass of wine can cure what's ailing you as long as you drink it in good company. I love the outdoors. Hiking, camping, exploring... I'm in. I have two dogs, Ollie and Duke, and I treat them like a children. My husband, friends and family mean everything to me. I also, inadvertently, find myself in the midst of disaster on a regular basis.

18 thoughts on “Easy Peasy Iced Vanilla Latte + {GIVEAWAY}

  1. During the summer, caramel iced coffee (my local shop uses Ghirardelli caramel sauce!) is my go-to. SO GOOD!

      1. Mmm..white mochas are delicious! At Starbucks I get a raspberry white mocha, delish!

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