How to Make a Caramel Iced Latte at Home

Updated on June 25, 2020
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Liza and her husband are coffee addicts. They never miss enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning together.

Caramel iced latte
Caramel iced latte

Caramel Iced Lattes

My husband and I used to go to coffee shops to get our iced coffees, but since we've discovered how easy it is to make them at home, we've been saving tons of money. Caramel iced lattes are one of my favorite iced coffee drinks, and I'm going to show you how easy they are to make.

Lattes are made with strong espresso coffee, which is my favorite kind when it comes to coffee. For this recipe, I've ground the beans for two shots of espresso. I prefer a strong coffee flavor in my coffee. If you don't like your coffee as strong, you can make it with just one shot.

Note: If you don't have an espresso maker at home, don't worry. You can buy instant espresso coffee at the store. All you have to do is read the instructions before making the espresso.

Cold Brew vs. Iced Coffee

Before we go any further, I'd like to share some basic information about cold brew versus iced coffee.

Cold brew refers to the process of preparing the coffee—not the temperature of the final result. There are plenty of methods for making cold brew. Generally, it begins with scooping out the ground coffee into a jar or a pot, pouring in room temperature water, and then letting it soak for a while, usually 12 hours or more. When I make cold brew at home, I put the jar in the fridge overnight. The next day you will get a super-smooth, less acidic, and highly caffeinated coffee.

Iced coffee, on the other hand, is brewed using hot water to extract the flavor. You start with ground coffee, attach the portafilter to the espresso maker, and then let the machine do the work of extracting the flavor into a cup. Next, you take the espresso, pour it into a tall glass with ice cubes, and add milk. Finally, you can add your optional additions like coffee creamer and/or syrup such as caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, or French vanilla.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 shots espresso (the number of shots is your choice)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup organic whole milk (or low-fat milk)
  • 1/3 cup caramel creamer (or 1 1/2 tablespoons caramel sauce)
  • Ice cubes
  • Whipping cream (optional)

Directions

  1. Grind the coffee beans.
  2. Attach the portafilter to the espresso maker and let it run.
  3. In a tall glass, add the ice cubes and milk. Then pour in the coffee.
  4. Add the caramel flavor (caramel creamer or caramel sauce).
  5. Stir well with a spoon.
  6. Enjoy!

Photo Guide

Grind the coffee beans with a coffee grinder.
Grind the coffee beans with a coffee grinder.
Attach the portafilter to the espresso maker and start the extraction process.
Attach the portafilter to the espresso maker and start the extraction process.
A strong espresso in an espresso cup.
A strong espresso in an espresso cup.
In a tall glass combine the ice cubes and milk.
In a tall glass combine the ice cubes and milk.
Pour the espresso into the glass.
Pour the espresso into the glass.
Add the caramel syrup or creamer.
Add the caramel syrup or creamer.
You can also add caramel sauce.
You can also add caramel sauce.
Voila, a delicious caramel iced coffee!
Voila, a delicious caramel iced coffee!

© 2020 Liza

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    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      11 days ago from USA

      That would be an awesome thing to do! Thank you for commenting, Liz.

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      Liz Westwood 

      11 days ago from UK

      This is so professional that you could run a coffee shop.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      12 days ago from USA

      Hi Angel, I have tried Torino, but my favorite is Monin. So far, I have tried closer to 10 flavors. Caramel, French vanilla, salted caramel, hazelnut, tiramisu, maple, toffee, lavender, espresso, and butterscotch. I'm sorry to hear about your Keurig has stopped working. Perhaps time for a new one? Thanks for commenting.

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      Angel Guzman 

      13 days ago from Joliet, Illinois

      I love the torino syrups. I've only seen 4 flavors. That coffee looks so yum. Great recipe! I'm sad my Keurig Vue recently stopped working after over 6 years of daily energizing refreshment.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      13 days ago from USA

      Thank you very much for your comment, Linda. I didn't notice that until you commented about it here :)

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      Linda Crampton 

      13 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This drink sounds delicious. I love the way in which you've matched the color of the drink and the color of the flowers in your photos!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      13 days ago from USA

      Iced coffee is one of the best drinks to make for summertime. I love the strong coffee flavor in my iced coffee, and my all-time favorite is caramel iced latte. Thanks for commenting, Peggy :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      13 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Your recipe sounds delicious! I love drinking iced coffees.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      13 days ago from USA

      Caramel iced coffee is one of my favorites to make at home during the summertime. I like sipping the iced coffee whilst reading at the porch. Give it a try, and hopefully, you would like it.

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      Sp Greaney 

      13 days ago from Ireland

      It's a really delicious drink to have on a hot day. I have never attempted to make it at home though, so I must give it a try.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      13 days ago from USA

      You're welcome, Imogen French. The best thing about making iced coffee at home, you can choose what flavor you want in it. You control the sweetness and how strong you want the coffee flavor. Have a great summer!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      13 days ago from USA

      Hi Lisha, I'm glad to hear that. Iced coffee definitely the best companion during summertime. I hope you will try the recipe.

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      Imogen French 

      2 weeks ago from Southwest England

      Thanks for the recipe, I've been trying to perfect my iced coffee recipe for the warmer days here, and this sounds delicious.

    • Lisha C profile image

      Lisha C 

      2 weeks ago

      Looks delicious, Liza! I am not too fond of hot coffee, but I sure love iced coffees. They have been my favorite since I was a child. Thanks for the recipe.

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