This caramel latte tastes just like one you order at your favorite coffee shop! It is made with espresso, milk, caramel sauce, a bit of vanilla extract and whipped cream to top it off. It’s delicious and so very comforting!
About the Recipe
This caramel latte is great hot or iced, so you can enjoy this drink in chilly winter mornings to hot summer days.
This latte is perfect to make in the morning for your first cup of joe, you could serve it with a sweet treat for dessert or whip it up for an afternoon pick me up.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Delicious - This latte is seriously so tasty. I love the sweetness of the caramel and vanilla in the milk because it flavors the espresso perfectly. The whipped cream topping also adds a bit of sweetness and makes this coffee drink seem extra fancy!
Approachable - If you were under the impression that lattes could only be made in a coffee shop by a barista, you will be shocked to find out anyone can make a latte at home! All you need are a few basic ingredients, a saucepan and a coffee mug! So simple! You don’t even need an espresso machine because you can make this with coffee.
Save money - Buying a latte every morning at your local coffee shop can get quite expensive. Making your own at home at a fraction of the cost is a great idea, and they taste just as good!
Here are the simple ingredients you will need for this easy recipe:
- Milk: You can use your favorite milk of choice. Use whole milk or non-dairy milk options like oat milk, soy milk or almond milk!
- Vanilla extract
- Caramel sauce: Use store bought caramel syrup for convenience, or make homemade caramel sauce! I like to buy caramel sauce in the coffee aisle of the grocery store.
- Espresso: You will need two espresso shots. If you don’t have an espresso machine, use 1 cup of strong coffee.
- Whipped cream
Let's make this homemade latte together!
Step 1: In a small saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until warmed.
Step 2: Reduce the heat to low, add the vanilla extract and caramel sauce. Stir until fully combined.
Step 3: Add the espresso and stir to combine.
Step 4: Pour the mixture into a coffee mug and top with whipped cream and a drizzle of the caramel sauce.
Expert Tips and Tricks
Here are some expert tips to make this delicious latte:
Use a frother - If you want your latte to have the signature frothy milk, you can use a milk frother after you have combined the caramel sauce and vanilla with the milk. Pour your coffee in a mug and add the frothed milk on top. This makes your drink seem even fancier!
Make it a cocktail - Turn this into a cocktail by adding the ingredients and a shot of vodka to a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Enjoy!
Here is some kitchen equipment you will need for this homemade caramel latte. You can find all of these products on Amazon.
Saucepan - You will use a small saucepan to heat the milk.
Coffee mug - A great coffee mug makes all the difference. I like these and think they would be perfect for this recipe.
Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this delicious caramel latte.
Milk - Feel free to use any milk or milk substitute for this recipe. Some great options would be oat milk, coconut milk or almond milk.
Espresso - If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can just use freshly brewed coffee. Since you are combining it with milk, you could make it extra strong so you don’t lose that strong coffee flavor. If you're making this iced, you can use cold brew coffee or iced coffee.
Sweetness - If you love a sweet coffee drink, sweeten it up with some brown sugar!
What To Serve With
Here are some recipes to serve alongside this coffee drink:
Protein Blueberry Oat Bars - A perfect breakfast made with peanut butter, protein powder, blueberries, and oats. It is low carb and full of protein!
Pomegranate Poached Pears - Beautiful, delicious, and so easy to make! With only six ingredients, this decadent dessert will wow your guests.
Gooey Bourbon Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies - Soft, chewy, and full of melty chocolate chips.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. An espresso machine is not essential for this recipe. You can substitute coffee for the espresso and it will be just as good!
Espresso is coffee that is is ground finer than coffee typically is which makes it thicker and it has a more intense coffee flavor.
A latte is a coffee drink that consists of 1 or 2 shots of espresso and steamed milk. Traditionally it gets a thin layer of frother milk on the very top, but in this recipe it gets whipped cream as the top layer.
Recipe Storage and Reheating
This latte recipe is going to be best when made fresh and consumed right away. Here are storage and reheating instructions, if needed.
Refrigerator Storage: Store in an airtight container and reheat as instructed below.
Reheating Instructions: The best way to reheat this recipe is to heat in a saucepan over medium heat until heated through.
Other Recipes to Try
- ½ cup milk any kind
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons caramel sauce plus more for serving
- 2 shots espresso or 1 cup coffee
- Whipped cream for serving
- Heat milk in a small saucepan on medium heat until warmed.
- Reduce heat to low. Add vanilla extract and caramel sauce and stir until combined. Add espresso and stir.
- Pour in a mug and top with whipped cream and caramel sauce.