17 Hot Coffee Recipes

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It’s easier than you think to make a great cup of hot coffee at home. From simple coffee drinks to Starbucks copycats, these recipes are the perfect, energizing way to start the day.

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Homemade Hot Coffee Drinks

There’s no better way to start the morning or get energized in the afternoon than with a hot cup of coffee.

Coffee can be prepared using a variety of tools, like a drip coffee maker, espresso machine, or Nespresso machine.

There are many types of hot coffee drinks, ranging from straightforward espresso drinks to unique options found at coffee shops like Starbucks.

The trick to making a good hot coffee drink is using the right proportion of ingredients to ensure it’s delicious and invigorating.

RELATED: 15 Easy Nespresso Starbucks Drink Recipes

Ways to Make Coffee

Nespresso or Keurig

Nespresso and Keurig machines use a pod or capsule to make a cup of coffee. Depending on the machine, it can only make espresso or both espresso and brewed coffee. Some come with a milk frother.

My Nespresso Pick: VertuoPlus
Makes both espresso and brewed coffee in one machine that costs about $200.

Espresso machine

An espresso machine is the one you see at all coffee shops, including Starbucks and Dunkin’. High-quality machines can get quite expensive (look to spend at least $700) but using one will produce the flavor and quality that’s most similar to a professional barista.

Coffee machine

Strong coffee brewed in a regular coffee maker can be enjoyed by itself and also be used to make drinks at home. Use 2-3 tablespoons of ground coffee for each cup of water to make coffee that can hold up to milk and flavored syrups.

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17 Hot Coffee Recipes

1. Starbucks Americano

A simple hot coffee to recreate at home, an Americano is a combination of espresso and hot water. This caffeinated drink is perfect in the morning or as an afternoon pick-me-up.
In the Starbucks version, hot water is poured over the espresso, which is opposite of the traditional technique.
This recipe follows the same steps as Starbucks and uses a Nespresso machine to pull a shot of espresso quickly.
Americanos don't usually have syrups or milk, but you may add to taste when making one at home.
Ingredients: Hot water, espresso

2. Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnamese coffee is bold and sweet, with a texture that's rich and creamy.
The drink is made with Robusta beans, which contain more caffeine than Arabica beans. Sweetened condensed milk offsets the slight bitterness of the dark roast beans.
This recipe only uses 3 ingredients and a phin filter, a traditional Vietnamese coffee maker that steeps the coffee in hot water.
Ingredients: Ground coffee, hot water, sweetened condensed milk

3. Caramel Macchiato

Recreate a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato at home in minutes with 4 ingredients.
This drink is essentially an an upside-down vanilla latte with caramel drizzle on top. The espresso crema mark on top of the milk makes it a macchiato instea of a latte.
To make a caramel macchiato the Starbucks way, you need to add the parts in the right order. The vanilla syrup and frothed milk need to go into the cup first, followed by the espresso and finally the caramel sauce.
Ingredients: Espresso, milk, vanilla syrup, caramel sauce

4. Peppermint Mocha

One of the most popular cold weather orders, Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Copycat uses peppermint syrup to give the drink a holiday twist.
Make it at home by combining espresso, chocolate, and peppermint. Homemade syrups will give it the best flavor, but you can also use store-bought.
The recipe includes a tip for making whipped cream in just seconds!
Ingredients: Espresso, chocolate syrup, peppermint syrup, 2% milk, heavy cream, vanilla syrup, chocolate curls

5. Starbucks Mocha

This decadent copycat recipe tastes exactly like a Starbucks Mocha.
A mocha is a latte combined with chocolate syrup to give it a rich cocoa flavor. At Starbucks, the drink is topped with steamed 2% milk and whipped cream that's sweetened with vanilla syrup.
Store-bought or homemade chocolate syrup can be used to make this drink.
Ingredients: Espresso, chocolate syrup, 2% milk, heavy cream, vanilla syrup

6. Vanilla Latte

This Starbucks Vanilla Latte Copycat is a classic drink that can be made at home in minutes.
The recipe only requires 3 ingredients: Starbucks signature dark roast espresso, vanilla syrup, and 2% milk.
It's especially quick and easy with a Nespresso machine. You can use homemade vanilla syrup or buy one from Starbucks.
Ingredients: Espresso, vanilla syrup, 2% milk

7. Pumpkin Spice Latte

If you're a fan of pumpkin spice lattes, learn to recreate the one at Starbucks using this recipe.
The 6-ingredient copycat includes a homemade pumpkin spice sauce, which contains sugar, pumpkin puree, and condensed skim milk. You can also use a store-bought one.
Whipped cream and a pumpkin spice topping finish this warm and cozy fall drink.
Ingredients: Espresso, pumpkin spice sauce, 2% milk, heavy cream, vanilla syrup, pumpkin spice

8. Affogato

An affogato is a delicious Italian dessert that's made with 2 ingredients: espresso and vanilla gelato.
It's a decadent treat that can be served after dinner or enjoyed as an afternoon pick-me-up.
Enjoy it by eating with a spoon as the gelato slowly melts into the hot espresso. If you don't have an espresso machine, you can also use strong brewed coffee.
Ingredients: Espresso, vanilla gelato

9. Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is a hot drink made with strong brewed coffee and Irish whiskey. The caffeinated coffee cocktail is topped with lightly whipped cream.
Consider this drink more a treat as opposed to your traditional cup of morning coffee. If sipped in large quantities, you can get drunk!
This recipe makes a 16-ounce drink that maintains a nice balance of flavors. It's lightly sweetened with brown sugar and gets a pinch of sea salt at the very end.
Ingredients: Coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar, heavy cream, vanilla syrup, sea salt

10. Gingerbread Latte

A delicious seasonal treat, this gingerbread hot latte is a sweet, spiced drink that's topped with homemade whipped cream.
The gingerbread flavors come from a blend of ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Molasses and gingerbread syrup add a rich sweetness.
This recipe can be made with a shot of espresso or a cup of strong brewed coffee.
It's full of wonderful holiday flavor!
Ingredients: Espresso, gingerbread syrup, milk, gingerbread man cookie, heavy cream, water, sugar, molasses, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg

11. Cortado

A hot cortado is a Spanish coffee drink that's an equal blend of espresso and milk.
In Spanish, the word “cortado” means “cut,” which refers to the milk “cutting through” the espresso. This gives the drink a beautiful creamy appeal.
The milk in a cortado is thinner and very lightly textured, similar to that of a latte rather than a cappuccino.
Cortados typically have 2 shots and are best served in small glass cups.
Ingredients: Espresso, milk

12. Cinnamon Dolce Latte

Only taking 5 minutes from start to finish, this Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte Copycat is for fans of warm, cozy beverages.
The drink is made with coffee, milk, and cinnamon syrup and finished with homemade whipped cream and a sweet cinnamon topping.
Follow the recipe to see how a fluffy vanilla-flavored whipped cream can be made using a handheld milk frother.
Ingredients: Espresso, 2% milk, cinnamon syrup, heavy cream, vanilla syrup, cinnamon sugar topping

13. Cafe au Lait

Cafe au lait, the French term for "coffee with milk," is a 3-ingredient hot drink that doesn't require an espresso machine.
That's because it's made with regular brewed coffee and not an espresso shot.
There are no specific ratios to follow and the amount of coffee to steamed milk can be tweaked to one’s taste.
Start with equal parts coffee to milk and play around with the ratio until it gets to a flavor and texture you prefer.
Ingredients: Ground coffee, water, milk

14. Starbucks Latte

One of the easiest drinks to try at home, this Starbucks Latte Copycat only needs 2 ingredients.
The hot caffeinated drink combines a shot of espresso with steamed milk that has a light layer of foam. Use Starbucks' signature dark roast espresso and 2% milk to make it exactly the way they do at stores.
The latte doesn't come sweetened, but you can flavor it at home with vanilla or other flavored syrups.
Ingredients: Espresso, 2% milk

15. Salted Caramel Mocha

Starbucks discontinued its Salted Caramel Mocha, but fans can make it using this copycat recipe.
The sweet and salty drink combines espresso and milk with chocolate and caramel flavors. A quick homemade whipped cream adds a decadent touch.
Store-bought toffee nut syrup gives the drink its unique flavor. It tastes like hazelnut and caramel combined.
This copycat recipe recreates a grande-sized (16 ounces) version of the Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha Copycat.
Ingredients: Espresso, toffee nut syrup, chocolate syrup, frothed milk, heavy cream, vanilla syrup, caramel sauce, sea salt, turbinado sugar

16. Flat White

A decadent balance of espresso and milk, a flat white is an Australian drink that's similar to a latte.
It's smaller in size, which allows the coffee flavor to shine through more strongly.
The word “flat” in the drink refers to the smooth, flattened-out foam, and “white” is from “white coffee,” which is coffee with milk.
The key to making a good flat white at home is getting the ratio and texture of the milk correct.
Ingredients: Espresso, milk

17. Blonde Vanilla Latte

Skip the Starbucks trip and make a Blonde Vanilla Latte at home with 3 ingredients.
To recreate the same flavor, this recipe uses Starbucks Blonde Espresso blend and vanilla syrup. You can make your own or purchase one from the store. Starbucks will also sell bottles if there are extras in stock.
An electric milk frother will help make the perfect froth!
Ingredients: Espresso, milk, vanilla syrup

17 Hot Coffee Recipes

Author: Jee Choe
It’s easier than you think to make a great cup of hot coffee at home, like this cafe au lait (coffee with milk) below.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (8 ounces)



  • Heat or froth milk.
    To froth milk using a French press, heat milk on the stovetop (simmer) or in a microwave then pour it into a French press. Use the plunger to pump warm milk until it doubles in volume.
    The quickest and best way to froth milk at home is to use an electric milk frother which heats and froths at the same time.
  • Pour coffee into a cup. Add frothed milk.
    The drink is equal parts coffee and milk but you can adjust it to your taste.


Calories: 149 | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 482mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 305mg | Iron: 0.02mg

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