Made using 3 ingredients and 5 minutes, Starbucks copycat 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.
About This Recipe
I am a big coffee fan! A good cup of coffee can really cheer me up and thus my craze for trying new coffee recipes at home is never-ending. The latest one that I tried my hands on is this Starbucks Copycat Caramel Latte.
Making caramel latte at home is super easy. Warm, sweet, and smooth, this espresso-based beverage is made using just 3 ingredients and it comes together in just 5 minutes. This Starbucks copycat recipe is also much economical to make at home.
Make this comforting hot and sweet coffee on chilly fall and winter mornings or sip it while watching your favorite movie.
Espresso – Use an Espresso Machine to make the espresso. But if you don’t have an espresso machine, then brew strong coffee in your Normal Coffee Pot, French Press, or Moca Pot. You can also use Instant coffee powder dissolved in water.
Milk – Use any milk of your choice – whole, skim, or low fat, all works fine.
To make it vegan, you can use any plant-based milk like almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or soy milk. Keep in consideration that plant-based milk does not froth well.
Caramel Syrup – Use homemade caramel syrup or get a 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.
Sweetener – Add any sweetener like brown sugar, white sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup, or sugar-free substitutes like stevia or monk fruit. Adjust the amount as per your liking.
How To Make Caramel Latte
Start by preparing the espresso or strongly brewed coffee using the method that you prefer. We will need ½ cup espresso or strongly brewed coffee to make 2 cups of caramel latte.
Combine 2 cups of milk, 2 teaspoon sugar, and ¼ cup caramel syrup in a medium saucepan and heat on medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
Keep stirring frequently while heating.
Once the mixture starts to bubble, remove the pan from the heat and steam it immediately using an immersion blender or a milk frother. If you have a coffee machine at home, you can also use its frother to steam the milk.
Pour the foamy milk into 2 serving mugs. Divide the espresso between the two mugs and give the coffee a gentle stir.
Top with whipped cream (optional) and more caramel sauce and serve hot.
Frequently Asked Questions
Add all the ingredients – milk, espresso, and caramel syrup to a blender and blend until mixed well. Add crushed ice or ice cubes in a glass, pour the coffee, top with some whipped cream and caramel sauce, and serve.
Both these coffees are made using the same ingredients – espresso, caramel syrup, and milk but they still differ from each other. Cappuccino has more foam by volume than the Latte. It is 50% milk and 50% foam while the Latte is 90% milk and 10% foam.
So if you want to make a light and foamy coffee, go for a cappuccino. Froth the milk until it is very foamy and then use it.
“Macchiato” means “Marked” in Italian. To make caramel macchiato, foamy milk and vanilla syrup are stirred together in a mug and then espresso is poured over it. It makes a mark on the foamy milk. Finally, caramel syrup is drizzled on top.
White, to make a Latte, milk and caramel syrup are heated and then frothed. Finally, espresso is poured over the milk.
You can froth the milk by heating it up and then shaking it vigorously in a jar. But if you make cappuccinos or lattes at home frequently, I suggest you invest in a milk frother. Milk frothers can be manual or electric.
My favorite manual milk frother is Bellemain Stainless Steel Hand Pump Milk Frother (14 oz) and if you are looking for an electric frother, then go for Milk Boss Handheld Milk Frother.
If you have an immersion blender, it also works great to froth the milk.
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Caramel Latte Recipe
- 2 cups milk (whole, skim, or plant-based.)
- 2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
- ¼ cup caramel syrup (plus more for garnishing)
- ½ cup espresso (or use strongly brewed coffee.)
- whipped cream (for garnishing)
- Combine milk, sugar, and caramel syrup in a medium saucepan and heat on medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
- Keep stirring frequently while heating.
- Once the mixture starts to bubble, remove the pan from the heat and steam it immediately using an immersion blender or a milk frother. If you have a coffee machine at home, you can also use its frother to steam the milk.
- Pour the steamed milk into 2 serving mugs. Divide the espresso between the two mugs and give the coffee a gentle stir.
- Top with whipped cream (optional) and more caramel syrup and serve hot.