See how to make your favorite lattes at home with these easy recipes using coffee from a coffee machine, Nespresso, Keurig, or espresso machine.
- Lattes are hot or iced coffee drinks made with espresso and milk. Homemade versions of lattes can be made with a coffee machine, Nespresso, Keurig or an espresso machine. Tea lattes are drinks made with tea and milk.
- My latte recipes are flavored using simple syrup (which can easily be made at home), and topped with whipped cream, cream froth, or cold foam.
- They’re delicious and surprisingly easy to make at home.
This is the foundation of all coffee shop lattes including Starbucks, so by using espresso, your drink will be more like the ones made by professional baristas. To make cafe-quality espresso though, you’ll need a good quality espresso machine which can cost several hundred dollars. See my espresso machine review and setup.
- Strong coffee made in a coffee machine
Don’t have an espresso machine? That shouldn’t stop you from making lattes at home! Strong coffee that can withstand the flavored syrups and milk can be made using 2-3 tablespoons of ground coffee for each cup of water.
- Nespresso or Keurig
These machines make it easy to make strong coffee with just a push of a button. Use a pod or capsule to make 1 cup of coffee. Use a dark roast to bring out a more intense coffee flavor. Nespresso does a better job of recreating espresso than a Keurig.
- Cold brew
For iced drinks, cold brew makes the best iced lattes. It’s tastes smooth and so easy to make at home. See how to make cold brew at home using a cold brew maker.
Flavored Syrups from Scratch
- Cinnamon Syrup
Three ingredients make up this simple syrup: cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, and water.
- Mint Syrup
Peppermint tea, sugar, and water make up this syrup. Great for making peppermint drinks.
- Chocolate Syrup
Make instant mocha lattes with this chocolate syrup. Also great for making hot chocolate by just adding milk!
- Vanilla Syrup
Hot and iced vanilla lattes and London Fogs are easy to make using this syrup.
- Pumpkin Spice Syrup
For making Pumpkin Spice Lattes, of course!
- Brown Sugar Syrup
A great alternative to regular simple syrup, this brown sugar version has a deeper, richer flavor.
- Whipped cream
My trick to making whipped cream toppings for drinks is to use a handheld milk frother. Heavy cream and sweetener (sugar or syrup) are whipped together in seconds. Super easy to make and even easier to clean.
- Cream froth
To make fluffy microfoam just like the cafes, my trick here is to use a French press. Heat milk then pump milk in a French press to get luscious, frothy milk for drinks.
- Cold foam
Take your iced drinks to the next level with cold foam. My trick to making cold foam at home is to use a French press. Pour cold milk or half & half into a French press with a little simple syrup and pump until it nearly doubles in volume.
17 Lattes Recipes
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