Delicious Raspberry Mocha Recipe: Starbucks Inspired

Fancy coffee drinks have the ability to make your day so much better. A raspberry mocha is one of those drinks. It adds a fruity flavor to the chocolaty taste of a regular mocha. It truly is one of the best things that can happen to a mocha.

This recipe is a homemade version with a few simple steps of the Starbucks drink. It gives you as a coffee lover the ability to be your own barista and to experiment with the flavors of each cup of coffee.

Ingredient List for a Raspberry Mocha

  1. 1 shot of espresso
  2. ¾ cup milk of your choice
  3. 1 tbsp raspberry jam
  4. 1 tsp cocoa powder
  5. Whipped cream (optional)
  6. Chocolate for sprinkling (optional)
  7. Fresh raspberries (optional)

Do I Need an Espresso Machine?

Nope. You can totally make this great coffee drink with an AeroPress or Moka pot instead of an espresso maker. If you have, for example, a Nespresso machine with pods, it will also work well.

I don’t, however, recommend regular brewed coffee such as French press coffee or those made with a drip coffee machine. Although they make strong coffee, it won’t give you the same result.

In fact, I rather recommend using instant coffee such as Nescafé Instant espresso.

What Coffee is Best?

I think that Starbucks’s Caffè Verona is perfect for this drink. It is a dark roast and the cocoa of the recipe goes well with the dark cocoa notes of the coffee beans and helps to bring out the subtle sweetness. That sweetness pairs perfectly with the sweet berry flavor of a raspberry mocha.

Kind of Milk

There are many options for milk when it comes to coffee. I like whole milk because it gives the coffee a creamy and rich texture and the higher fat content ensures more stable foam. However, for this drink in particular stable foam is not that important if you are adding whipped cream. The cream also helps to make this drink creamier.

Yet, a let down of the cream is the added calories. If you opt for low fat milk or skim milk, you can shave of a few calories.

Dairy Alternatives

If you don’t or can’t use regular milk, there are so many other non-dairy milk options for you to try. Some examples of what you can try is oat milk, cashew milk, soy milk, or almond milk.

Almond milk in a box on a wooden surface.

How to Froth the Milk

If you don’t have an espresso machine with a steam wand, you can also opt for a handheld milk frother or a French press. I like using a French press, because it is really easy. Also, most coffee lovers already have one at home and for those who don’t, they are fairly cheap.

How to Froth Milk With a French Press

Simply heat the milk in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Then plunge vigorously for 15-20 seconds and you have great frothed milk.

Can I Use Raspberry Syrup?

Yes, you can substitute the jam for raspberry syrup. Starbucks raspberry syrup as well as Torani raspberry syrup is good.

I just use jam because it is easier to come by and not quite as sweet, which, I like.

Variations on a Raspberry Mocha Latte

Iced Raspberry Mocha

You can also easily change this hot coffee drink into an iced coffee. Simply add coffee ice cubes to the espresso, jam and cocoa mixture. Then make cold foam instead of steaming or frothing hot milk. Then add the other toppings and you have the iced version of this drink.

White Chocolate Raspberry Mocha

All you have to do to change a normal raspberry mocha into a white raspberry mocha is to substitute the cocoa powder with 2 tbsp white mocha sauce. You can use more of the white chocolate mocha sauce, but I have found that the chocolate easily overpowers the taste of the jam. The drink then also gets really sweet.

Raspberry mocha with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

Raspberry Mocha

This mocha is the perfect combination of fruity sweetness and dark cocoa. It will invigorate your senses and transport you to the most perfect cozy world.
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 362 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 shot of espresso
  • ¾ cup milk of choice
  • 1 tbsp raspberry jam
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Chocolate for sprinkling (optional)
  • Fresh raspberries (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Pull a shot of espresso
  • Mix jam, cocoa powder and espresso in a coffee mug
  • Froth or steam the milk
  • Pour the frothed or steamed milk over the coffee mixture
  • Add whipped cream
  • Sprinkle with chocolate shavings
  • Top with fresh raspberries
Keyword Mocha

Other Great Coffee Recipes

1. Pumpkin Spice Latte

This coffee drink is without a doubt one of my favorite beverages. After tasting it for the first time, my life was forever changed for the better. 

See my pumpkin spice latte recipe here.

Pumpkin spice latte in a white cup

2. Toasted White Chocolate Mocha

This coffee drink takes white chocolate sauce to the next level with a little bit of  dulce de leche or caramel sauce added.

See my toasted white chocolate mocha recipe here.

Toasted White Chocolate Mocha from above

3. Peppermint Latte

With this simple recipe containing espresso, milk and peppermint syrup as the main ingredients you are guaranteed of an amazing coffee drink. Adding the other ingredients will only take it to the next level.

See my peppermint latte recipe here.

Peppermint latte from above.

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