Hot Caramel Latte

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Made using 4 ingredients in 10 minutes, this Starbucks Copycat Hot Caramel Latte is easy to make at a fraction of the cost. Use my recipe to make this espresso-based beverage at home.

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Hot caramel latte served in a mug.
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About Hot Caramel Latte

I am a big coffee fan! A good cup of coffee can cheer me up, and thus, my craze for trying new coffee recipes at home is never-ending. The latest coffee drink that I tried my hands on is this Starbucks Copycat Hot Caramel Latte.

Making a homemade caramel-flavored latte is super easy. Comforting, sweet, and smooth, this espresso-based beverage uses just four simple ingredients and comes together in 10 minutes. This Starbucks copycat recipe is also much more economical to make at home.

The best part is that you can use your comfortable brewing method to make this homemade latte.

Make it on chilly fall and winter mornings for a comforting sip.

This caramel latte recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free; you can easily make it vegan.

Ingredients

Coffee – Use an espresso maker to make the espresso shots. But if you don’t have an espresso machine, brew strong coffee in your Normal Coffee Pot, French Press, Aeropress coffee maker, or Moka Pot. You can also use Instant coffee powder dissolved in water.

Cold-brew coffee also works excellently in this recipe. To keep your coffee drink hot, bring it to room temperature or heat it a little before adding it to the cup.

You need ½ cup of espresso (or strongly brewed coffee) to make 2 cups of drink, approximately 3 shots of espresso.

Milk – Starbucks uses 2% milk in its coffee drinks, but feel free to use any milk you choose—whole, skim, or low fat—all work fine. I use whole milk because it makes my coffee super creamy.

You can use plant-based milk (non-dairy) like almond, coconut, oat, or soy milk to make it vegan. However, plant-based milk does not froth well.

Caramel Syrup – You can use homemade caramel sauce or buy store-bought one. To get the most authentic taste, buy it directly from Starbucks. It is available online and in stores like Walmart and Target. You can also get it from a Starbucks shop.

Microwave the caramel syrup for a few seconds if it has hardened after storage.

Sweetener – Add any sweetener, such as brown sugar, white sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup, or sugar-free substitutes like stevia or monk fruit. Adjust the amount to your liking.

How To Make Hot Caramel Latte

Start by preparing the espresso or strongly brewed coffee using your preferred method. You will need ½ cup espresso (3 shots) or ½ cup of strongly brewed coffee to make 2 cups latte.

Combine 2 cups of milk, 2 teaspoon sugar, and ¼ cup caramel syrup in a medium-sized saucepan and heat on medium heat for 4-5 minutes.

Stir frequently while heating.

Milk, sugar and caramel syrup added to a pan.

Once the mixture bubbles, remove the pan from the heat and froth the hot milk immediately using an immersion blender or a milk frother. If you have a coffee machine at home, you can use its frother to froth the milk.

Frothy milk mixture.

Pour the foamy milk into 2 8 oz serving mugs. You can scoop the milk foam using a spoon if it’s not pouring.

Divide the hot espresso between the mugs and gently stir the coffee.

Check for sugar and add more if required.

Coffee and milk added to a cup.

Top with whipped cream (optional) and extra caramel drizzle, and serve hot.

Ready caramel latte topped with whipped cream and caramel syrup.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which milk frother is best for frothing milk?

You can froth the milk by heating it up and then shaking it vigorously in a jar. But if you frequently make cappuccinos or lattes at home, I suggest investing in a milk frother. Milk frothers can be manual or electric.
My favorite manual milk frother is the Bellemain Stainless Steel Hand Pump Milk Frother (14 oz), and if you are looking for an electric frother, go for the Milk Boss Handheld Milk Frother.
If you have an immersion blender, it also works excellent to froth the milk.

Is there caffeine in this recipe?

Yes. A latte made with a single shot of espresso contains about 60-100 mg of caffeine, and this recipe has about 50 mg per cup. 

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Made using 4 ingredients in 10 minutes, this Starbucks Copycat Hot Caramel Latte is a breeze to make at home at a fraction of the cost. Make this espresso-based beverage at home using my easy recipe (vegetarian, gluten-free).
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Hot Caramel Latte Recipe (Starbucks Copycat)

Made using 4 ingredients in 10 minutes, this Starbucks Copycat Hot Caramel Latte is a breeze to make at home at a fraction of the cost. Make this espresso-based beverage at home using my easy recipe.
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups milk (whole, skim, or plant-based.)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
  • ¼ cup caramel syrup (plus more for garnishing)
  • ½ cup espresso (3 shots of espresso or use ½ cup of strongly brewed coffee.)
  • whipped cream (for garnishing)
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Instructions 

  • Combine milk, sugar, and caramel syrup in a medium-sized saucepan and heat on medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until it bubbles.
  • Stir frequently while heating.
  • Once the mixture starts to bubble, remove the pan from the heat and froth it immediately using an immersion blender or a milk frother. If you have a coffee machine at home, you can use its frother to froth the milk.
  • Pour the foamy milk into 2 8 oz serving mugs. You can scoop the milk foam using a spoon if it's not pouring on its own.
  • Divide the hot espresso between the mugs and give the coffee a gentle stir.
  • Check for sugar and add more if required.
  • Top with whipped cream (optional) and more caramel syrup and serve hot.

Video

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Notes

Use an espresso machine, French press, or a Moca pot to brew the coffee. You can also use Instant coffee powder to make the coffee.
Adjust the amount of sugar as per your liking.

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 220mg, Potassium: 482mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 421IU, Calcium: 291mg, Iron: 1mg
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