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Brown Sugar Latte

Start your day on a high note with this Brown Sugar Latte recipe. A dollop of whipped cream and caramel drizzle make this homemade coffee drink complete.

Brown Sugar Lattes are the latest addition to my lineup of homemade lattes. If you like a little chocolate with your coffee, try this Mocha Latte recipe too!

Enjoy homemade coffeehouse drinks at home! This Brown Sugar Latte is not only delicious, but it's easy to make too!

What is a Latte

A latte is a drink traditionally made with espresso and milk. The milk is steamed then poured over the espresso, with a small amount of foam milk at the very top.

Lattes can be enjoyed plain or with any number of sweeteners or flavored syrups! In this recipe, a little brown sugar adds both sweetness and flavor to the simple homemade latte.

Since most of us don’t have a fancy espresso machine at home, I used extra strong brewed coffee in this recipe instead. It works perfectly; you won’t taste a difference at all.

Once you learn how easy it is to make lattes without an espresso machine, you’ll be able to skip those Starbucks runs without sacrificing your daily caffeine fix. It’s a win-win!

Ingredient Notes

Here’s what you need to make this delicious Brown Sugar Latte.

  • Coffee – To replicate the bold taste of espresso, brew the coffee at double strength. You can use a drip coffee maker, pour over, French press or whatever coffee maker you usually use.
  • Milk – I used skim since that’s what I had on hand. Any milk will work in this recipe, even plain nondairy milks.
  • Brown sugar – Light brown sugar is best to add just a hint of molasses flavor without being overpowering.
  • Whipped cream and caramel sauce are optional. We love the extra sweetness and pretty appearance they give the lattes. Use homemade whipped cream for a tasty flavor.
Enjoy homemade coffeehouse drinks at home! This Brown Sugar Latte is not only delicious, but it's easy to make too!

Tips and Tricks

  • Frothing the milk with a mason jar: Place warm milk and brown sugar in a mason jar and screw on the lid. Shake it vigorously until the contents become aerated and foamy.
  • Frothing milk with a frothing wand: If you make a lot of homemade lattes it’s worth investing in a frothing tool like this aerolatte. It froths the milk perfectly in just 15 seconds with less effort than the mason jar method.
  • Serve immediately: For best taste, pour the frothed milk over hot coffee and enjoy immediately. Don’t forget to top your brown sugar latte with whipped cream and caramel sauce!
  • Customize: The beauty of making your own lattes is that you can adjust the ratios of everything to suit your taste. Want a less pronounced coffee flavor? Use less coffee. Want it sweeter? Use more brown sugar.
Enjoy homemade coffeehouse drinks at home! This Brown Sugar Latte is not only delicious, but it's easy to make too!

Recipe FAQs

How can I make this brown sugar latte iced?

If you want to make this iced you can let the milk chill in the fridge after it has been warmed with the brown sugar. Add ice cubes to a glass with the cooled coffee. Pour the milk over the iced coffee and stir to combine.
Do not skip the heating step, even though you’ll be enjoying the drink iced. It’s necessary to dissolve the brown sugar completely. Otherwise your latte will taste grainy.

What kind of caramel sauce do you use?

I use jarred caramel sauce. It’s the same kind I put on ice cream! Bottled caramel sauce is perfect too.

Can I make this latte dairy free?

You sure can! For a dairy free latte, use any plain unsweetened non-dairy milk. I like almond and oat milk best but use whatever variety you like with your coffee.

Enjoy homemade coffeehouse drinks at home! This Brown Sugar Latte is not only delicious, but it's easy to make too!

More Easy Coffee Drinks

Yield: 2 servings

Brown Sugar Latte

Prep Time 5 minutes

Start your day on a high note with this Brown Sugar Latte recipe. A dollop of whipped cream and caramel drizzle make this homemade coffee drink complete.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strong brewed coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons caramel sauce
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • whipped cream and caramel sauce, for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Brew 2 cup strong coffee.
  2. In a mason jar, or glass pitcher, heat milk and brown sugar in microwave for one minute. If using the mason jar technique, screw lid on tight and shake jar vigorously for a minute or two until frothy. If using the aerolatte, follow directions to turn on and use, and froth for about 15-20 seconds.
  3. To serve: pour hot coffee in two mugs. Add 1 Tbsp caramel sauce to each cup and stir until dissolved. Slowly pour frothy milk over coffee. Add whipped cream and caramel sauce if desired (highly encouraged)!!

Notes

  • Frothing the milk with a mason jar: Place warm milk and brown sugar in a mason jar and screw on the lid. Shake it vigorously until the contents become aerated and foamy.
  • Frothing milk with a frothing wand: If you make a lot of homemade lattes it's worth investing in a frothing tool like this aerolatte. It froths the milk perfectly in just 15 seconds with less effort than the mason jar method.
  • Serve immediately: For best taste, pour the frothed milk over hot coffee and enjoy immediately. Don't forget to top your brown sugar latte with whipped cream and caramel sauce!
  • Customize: The beauty of making your own lattes is that you can adjust the ratios of everything to suit your taste. Want a less pronounced coffee flavor? Use less coffee. Want it sweeter? Use more brown sugar.
  • To cut the calories on this drink, use skim (fat free milk). You can also find sugar free caramel sauce and use a truvia (stevia) blend of brown sugar. ENJOY.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 205mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 0gSugar: 41gProtein: 5g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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This Brown Sugar Latte recipe is easy to make and tastes just as good as the coffee house version–at a fraction of the cost!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on August 10, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. (Commented on their FB page!) What a great promotion/partnership with the American Dairy Association Mideast! I am so eager to make this latte! Sounds to die for (and easy to make)!

  2. This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try your mason jar technique – I have never heard of it before and it just may solve my daily latte cravings that I try so hard to resist! 

  3. Now, see, if Jordan slept in and was okay with a lazy jammy day, maybe I’d be more on board with summer. As it is she’s up by 6 and bored by 6:30 so… YAY FOR SCHOOL!!! 🙂

  4. I have a little aerolatte too but have yet to try it out!  Now I have two excuses, this recipes and back to school!

  5. I will come down to visit and enjoy a cup of this with you on that first day back to school. I feel a tugging at my heart too. Just not quite ready to give up my time with my kids….wait….is that arguing I hear in the background? Ok, maybe it’s ALMOST time for them to go back!.

  6. Not having to worry about the grind of school…from the special event days to remember to bring this or that, the projects due, the homework, the rides here and there, etc. it’s so freeing during the summer! Totally agree! 

    This looks like the perfect fall drink. Brown sugar and coffee and caramel, cannot go wrong!

  7. Oh Aimee, I couldn’t agree more! I am the only one I ever know that wants summer to last forever. Our pool and summer camps help with that. HA. But, still. Summer is my absolute favorite. Thumbs down on back to school. Thumbs up on this latte, though. Delicious! Pinned.

  8. I’m conflicted about school starting. My daughter will be starting Kindergarten. While the quiet days by myself sound lovely. I’m going to miss my sidekick and our lazy mornings together. I’m sure a few of these lattes will make me feel better 🙂

  9. I’m with you!! I never look forward to my kids going back to school. Ugh! but I too also look forward to my quiet mornings after everyone leaves for school, cause there aint no quiet mornings happening around here in the summer!  This Latte looks like a winner YUM!

  10. My kids have been looking forward to all of the above for weeks.  The novelty of no routine gets old in our house I think.  As much as I adore my children, I have my hand raised for coffee like this one in a quiet house for hours!  Love this fun latte!  

  11. First kid going off to school this year! Back to school shopping was the worst. It was so hard to find all the specific stuff the teacher asked for. I need this Brown Sugar Latte to get me through. In fact, when done shopping at Target, I hit up the Starbucks at the front of the store. It was the only way. Next time, I (okay, maybe wife) can make me this!

  12. I LOVE my aerolatte, and I keep forgetting to break it out.    I don’t have any kids to send back to school, so I can’t raise my hand on that. BUT, I can raise my hand on loving brown sugar and coffee…so this is happening, like, NOW. Pinned!

  13. I’m in the mixed feelings camp here. On the one hand, I’m a teacher and I love my job. On the other, I love lazy mornings with my kids, and I don’t see them in the mornings during the school year. So it’s tough. But teaching is tons of fun!
    As is anything with brown sugar. I love using it this way!

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