How to Make Lattes at Home
It's no secret that coffee is a major part of many people's mornings. In fact, the word "coffee" even comes from an Arabic phrase for "wine of the bean." So if you're someone who needs to have their morning cup of joe.
You need to have an espresso machine, almond milk, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, and ice cubes.
There are a lot of ways to make lattes at home and below are three different recipes-each with its own benefits. The first recipe uses almond milk for those who want something more light and refreshing or those who can't stomach dairy products anymore. It also doesn't require any fancy ingredients so it's easy on your wallet too!
Next up is a recipe for hazelnut latte which has been around since medieval times and is beloved in Europe. It's also made with almond milk but the key ingredient in this latte is a chocolate syrup which makes it a little bit sweeter than the first recipe.
Last but not least, we have the traditional vanilla bean latte which contains-you guessed it-real vanilla beans. If you like sweetened drinks or if you're feeling creative, then this version is for you.
Any of the three recipes below will get your day off to a good start so pick one and let us know how it turned out! Remember that half-and-half isn't just for your regular coffee anymore!
Recipe 1: Almond Milk Latte
1 cup almond milk 1/2 cup warm water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons sugar ice cubes
Recipe 2: Hazelnut Latte
1 cup hazelnut milk (or 1/2 hazelnut, 1/2 almond) 4 to 6 oz. espresso or strong coffee 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup (can be store-bought or homemade) ice cubes, if desired
Recipe 3: Vanilla Bean Latte
1 1/2 cups milk or half-and-half 2 tablespoons sugar 1 vanilla bean, halved 4 to 6 oz. espresso or strong coffee whipped cream for topping, optional ice cubes if desired
How to add flavors to a Latte
1) Maple syrup flavored latte?
Take maple syrup, heat it until the liquid becomes syrupy. Add water if you need to. Pour this mixture into your coffee mug. Add some ice cubes and have a wonderful breakfast!
2) Great Coffee Flavor Ideas For Your Latte
Turns out, there are a lot of great food items to add to your latte. The main idea is not to add dairy products such as milk, cream, or yogurt. Instead of these common ingredients, try using nut milk, soy milk, cashew milk, or even coconut milk.
If you are more adventurous and wish for bolder taste combinations, here are some ideas for you.
3) Coffee with Cinnamon and Vanilla Beans
Brew your coffee or espresso (some coffee shops also let you choose the beans). Pour your hot beverage into a glass mug. Add some ice cubes if desired. Take 1/2 vanilla bean per cup of brewed drink, split them in half lengthwise, then add to latte along with a few cinnamon sticks or 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon. You can also make your own vanilla extract by mixing vodka, vanilla beans and sugar in an airtight container. Keep it sealed for about 2 weeks before using.
4) Coffee with Caramelized Apple Pieces
Caramelizing is the process of heating sugar until it's liquefied, then browning it. You can do this on your stove or in the microwave.
Take 2-3 apples, cut them into small pieces and put them in a saucepan along with 1/2 cup of sugar (or more if you like very sweet drinks). Cook for 20 minutes over low heat while stirring occasionally. Take out your apples after 20 minutes, let them cool. Put them in a food processor or blender and blend for about 3-5 seconds to create small pieces of caramelized apples.
Pour this mixture into your mug along with coffee or espresso. Stir well to combine the ingredients. Add some ice cubes if desired, then enjoy your drink!
Lattes are great, but they can be rather expensive to buy at a coffee shop. Instead, think of a fun twist you can add to customize your latte and make it more exciting. If all else fails, just get a cup of hot chocolate instead!