Iced Lattes. They’re pretty magical right?! Something about cold foam just makes me so happy… but the price tag at most coffee shops do not. Because coffee drinks (even a plain cold brew iced coffee!) are so pricey and the cups/covers/straws are so wasteful, I figured there must be a way to make and enjoy a latte at home. Plus with everything going on with the coronavirus right now, I have very little interest in going out to a coffee shop when I can get my caffeine fix at home. Luckily, a friend of mine gave us a milk frother for our engagement last year and it has completely eliminated the need for me to swing by a local coffee shop.
Now technically iced lattes are made with espresso, but don’t worry if you don’t have an espresso machine! I don’t either! Instead I just use a strong iced coffee. You can usually find cold brew concentrate at grocery stores, of you can just brew up some strong coffee and pop it in the fridge overnight to chill. Either one works!
What frother do you have?!
If you’ve been following me a while, you’ve probably seen me use or heard me talk about my Nespresso Aeroccino 4 Frother. To say I love this gadget is an understatement. Probably because it’s so darn easy to use! Whenever people ask me how I make my lattes at home, I feel a little silly telling them that I press a button… but that’s literally all there is to it. Who said frothing milk has to be hard?!
That’s right! You pour the milk in, cover the top, and press one of four buttons: cold froth, hot milk, dense foam or airy foam. Wait for it to do it’s thing, pour over your coffee, and voila!
How To Make Iced Latte
1/4 cup milk of choice (Oat milk is my favorite!)
1 cup iced coffee or 2 shots of espresso
Make the cold coffee or espresso. If you have a machine, simply brew espresso over ice. If you don’t have one (like me!), strong coffee works fine, too. I either put hot coffee (brewed using my typical coffee beans/coffee grounds) in the fridge to chill overnight or I’ll get store bought cold brew coffee or cold brew concentrate.
Pour 1 cup of cold coffee (or your shots of espresso) into a glass with ice cubes. These amounts are merely a suggestion – it’s totally up to you!
Pour about 1/4 cup of cold milk into the frother. Press the cold froth button.
Once that is done, pour it over the coffee. I usually use a little spatula to make sure I get it all out!
Sprinkle with cinnamon, add a straw, and enjoy!
I personally prefer to drink iced coffee out of a straw, so these metal straws have been such a great addition to my kitchen. There are also similar straws available on Amazon – honestly, they’re everywhere! Even if you prefer to get your morning coffee out on your way to the office, I recommend getting these and bringing them in your purse with you. It’s such an easy thing to do and it can make such a significant environmental impact if we all do it.
I usually sprinkle cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice on top of mine for some extra flavor. You can also feel free to sweeten it, too! I find adding a sweetener (sugar, stevia, simple syrup, etc) to the coffee before adding the milk is the easiest way to do that.
Or if you’re real fancy, you could turn it into an iced vanilla latte by stirring some vanilla and a sweetener of choice into the coffee. You could even add some vanilla to the milk before frothing, too!
I’m such a creature of habit in the morning that I rarely play around with different flavor combinations, but after seeing tons of Pumpkin Spice Latte recipes recently, I have big plans for a homemade Gingerbread Latte over the holidays! Would you guys be interested in any other recipes with this? Want to see how I’d make that iced vanilla latte? Or should we do a warm peppermint mocha along with the gingerbread latte? Let me know – I’m all ears!
Do you ever made iced lattes at home?
If you do, do you have any additional tip sand tricks?! And if not, have I tempted you to get this frother yet? Sorry, not sorry – it’s the BEST!