Best Caramel Latte: Easy Recipe to Make at Home

I am a latte person. I really think that it is one of the greatest inventions ever. And the addition of caramel sauce takes it to the next level.

Caramel lattes are one of those classic latte flavors that you’ll probably get at every coffee shop. However, we can’t run to a coffee shop every time that we crave some fancy coffee drink, can we? That is why this easy recipe for a homemade caramel latte made with a few simple ingredients is so amazing.

You can now have this delicious latte any time of the day without having to break the bank and spend the extra time standing in the line at your local coffee shop.

Ingredients for a Caramel Latte

  1. Coffee grounds
  2. ¾ cup milk
  3. 2 tbsp caramel sauce

What If I Don’t Have an Espresso Machine?

I know that not everyone has an espresso maker. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make this delicious coffee drink.

I absolutely love my AeroPress coffee maker and can really recommend using it. You other option is a Moka pot, which is also great. Both of these make coffee that is quite close to regular espresso.

AeroPress and white textured mug.

However, I do not recommend that you make coffee with, for example a French press or drip coffee maker. My reason is that although these brewing methods to deliver strong coffee, this coffee is not as concentrated as espresso. So, it won’t have the same effect.

I rather recommend that you go for instant espresso. Nescafé instant espresso is quite good.

What Coffee Should I Use?

I really like Starbucks’s Pike Place roast. However, if you prefer a dark roast over a medium roast. Starbucks’s Caffè Verona blend is also really good.

What Kinds of Milk Can I Use?

You have many different options when it comes to the type of milk that you use to make your coffee. You can really use the milk of your choice. You don’t have to stick to a certain kind of milk to get the perfect drink.

Whole milk works well for lattes because the higher fat content helps to preserve the froth for longer. However, if you prefer a lower calorie option, you can always go for low fat milk or skim milk.

You can also opt for non-dairy milk such as oat milk, almond milk, soy milk or coconut milk if you don’t or can’t use dairy. All of these also give a different taste to the drink. So, if you want to shake things up a little bit. You can always try using one of them even though you usually use dairy.

Almond milk in a box on a wooden surface.

How Can I Froth the Milk Without a Steam Wand?

If you don’t have an espresso machine or your machine doesn’t have a steam wand. You can always froth the milk using a French press, mason jar or handheld milk frother. A French press is my favorite method.

Should I Use Homemade Caramel Sauce?

You really don’t have to use homemade caramel sauce. There are many store-bought ones that are great that you can simply pick up at the grocery store when you go shopping in any case.

However, my caramel sauce recipe is really tasty and totally worth a shot.

Caramel sauce for coffee.

Variations on a Caramel Latte

Iced Caramel Latte

I you find yourself in a too-warm summer’s day and are not in the mood for hot coffee, you can, of course, make an iced latte out of this caramel latte.

Simply add ice cubes to the espresso and make milk foam using cold milk instead of hot milk for the perfect homemade iced caramel latte.

Whipped Cream

If you want to spice up this drink with a little bit of whipped cream on top. You can also add a drizzle of caramel sauce to finish it off with.

Blonde Caramel Latte

You can also try to use blonde espresso beans to make this drink. The sweeter side of it will goes well with the caramel sauce.

Salted Caramel Latte

​Just add a pinch of salt to the espresso and caramel sauce mix and you’ll have a delightful salted caramel latte.

Caramel Latte in white textured mug with caramel sauce in black bowl.

Caramel Latte

Caramel lattes are some of the most popular flavored lattes that there are. And with good reason. When the sweetness of the caramel sauce mixes with the bold flavor of espresso, something remarkable emerges.
Here is my favorite caramel latte recipe.
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 232 kcal


  • Coffee grounds
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp caramel sauce


  • Pull a shot of espresso
  • Mix the espresso with the caramel sauce
  • Froth the milk
  • Pour the milk over the espresso-caramel mixture
Keyword Latte

50 Great Latte Flavors to Try

1. Maple Pecan Latte

A maple pecan latte is an indulgent coffee drink that is a glorious blend of rich espresso with sweet maple syrup and pecans. 

Get my maple pecan latte recipe here.

Maple pecan latte in a white mug in front of a book.

2. Vanilla Latte

A vanilla latte is another delicious espresso drink that you simply have to try. There are so many ways to make this drink. I like to add a splash of vanilla extract, but you can also go for some vanilla syrup. In my vanilla latte recipe I explain how to make this delicious drink in detail.

Get my vanilla latte recipe here.

Vanilla latte in glass mug.

3. Caramel Brulee Latte

This is probably one of my favorite lattes. My delicious caramel brulee latte recipe is inspired by the Starbucks coffee drink and an absolute must-try.

Get my caramel brulee latte recipe here.

Caramel brulee latte in off-white mug.

See all 50 latte flavors here

Can homemade caramel sauce be left out?

You don’t have to use homemade caramel sauce. You can buy some caramel sauce if you prefer that.

Can caramel be left out?

To make it a caramel latte, there has to be some form of caramel in the latte. However, you don’t have to use caramel sauce. If you prefer a less sweet latte, you can substitute the caramel sauce for ¼ teaspoon of caramel essence.

Are caramel lattes good?

Yes, yes, yes. They are absolutely amazing and you really have to try one.

Are caramel lattes gluten free?

It will depend on the caramel sauce that you are using. But for example, my caramel sauce recipe doesn’t contain any gluten. So, it is perfect if you are following a gluten-free diet.

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