If you’ve ever visited Starbucks (or any other coffee shop for that matter), you’ve probably tried an iced caffè latte. It’s one of the most popular drink orders in the U.S. and Europe — and it’s also incredibly simple to make at home.
The iced caffè latte is the perfect coffee recipe for summer. It’s creamy, sweet, and refreshing. You can drink it hot in the winter or cold in the summer. Best of all, it only takes five minutes to make!
In this article, I’ll go over everything you need to know about this iced coffee recipe. Are you ready to learn all about it? Then grab a nice cup of coffee and start reading away!
What is an iced caffè latte?
An iced caffè latte is a cold coffee drink made with two shots of strong espresso coffee and has cold milk added to dilute and flavor it. This is all combined with a generous amount of ice cubes for that crisp coffee experience.
For this recipe, I’ve decided to use two shots of espresso instead of one. While testing this recipe at home, I found that adding a single espresso shot makes for a coffee that tastes a bit flat.
The flat-tasting latte comes mainly because of the large amount of milk added relative to the amount of coffee added. By using two espresso shots as the basis for this iced coffee, the taste gets much more interesting and flavorful.
How much milk do you put in an iced latte?
For one serving of iced latte, 3/4 cup (0.18 l) of milk is added to two shots of espresso coffee. The amount of milk is the perfect addition to those robust coffee shots and makes for a sweet and super smooth drink.
You can use any milk you like to make this easy recipe at home. I recommend the following for the best result:
- Use whole milk for the most flavorful iced latte.
- Go with lower-fat milk for the best milk foam.
The kinds of milk, as mentioned above, can also be substituted for a milk alternative of choice. Because this recipe uses a good amount of milk, it’s a great way to lower your dairy intake.
I’ve used whole milk for this recipe as described in the recipe card a bit further down. But feel free to use any kind of milk or substitute to make Your Dream Coffee at home!
Do you steam milk for an iced latte?
To make the best iced latte, it’s best to cold foam the milk instead of steaming it. Because the steam makes the milk hot, it doesn’t work the best for an iced latte.
I highly recommend cold foaming your milk instead. The flavors will be amazing when you use cold foamed milk in any iced coffee, but specifically an iced latte.
The slightly foamed milk makes for a much-needed texture in an iced latte. When you simply add cold milk, your coffee experience will be very different from cold foaming your milk.
And the best part of this is that it takes just a minute or so. You’ll still be able to make this coffee recipe within the 5-minute mark.
For this recipe, I’ve used the Aeroccino 3 that is attached to my Nespresso machine. But you can also buy it in a standalone version. If you’re interested, you can check it out here.
Are you interested in learning how to cold foam your milk? Then I suggest checking out the article I wrote about 5 ways to cold foam milk. It’s exciting, and you’ll love the addition to this great recipe!
Is the iced caffè latte sweet?
Because of the large amount of milk used to make an iced caffè latte, the coffee tastes slightly sweet. There is no sugar added, so the sweetness is all from the milk.
The sweetness can change depending on the kind of milk you’re going to use at home. I found that most milk alternatives taste slightly sweeter than cow’s milk.
I made my iced latte with dairy, and the flavor was just slightly sweet, with a good punch from the coffee. It’s fascinating to try out different kinds of milk or substitutes with this coffee recipe.
Do iced lattes taste like coffee?
Iced lattes definitely taste like coffee but don’t have such a sharp flavor as a shot of espresso. This is because it also uses a lot of milk, so the flavor is really balanced and sweet.
As I’ve said before, there are two shots of espresso used for this coffee recipe instead of one. Because of this, the iced latte tastes much more powerful than regular coffee and makes for an amazing drinking experience.
- 3/4 cup (0.18 l) of whole milk
- Two espresso shots
- Ice cubes
To make this super easy and fast iced coffee recipe at home, follow the next steps:
- Brew two espresso shots.
- After brewing your espresso shots, cool them down completely using ice cubes.
- Cold foam the milk for an amazing textured caffè latte.
- Add your cold foamed milk to your favorite glass or mug.
- Top this with a handful of ice cubes.
- Now, add your cooled-down espresso shots.
Your iced caffè latte is now ready to be enjoyed. I recommend giving it a good stir so all the flavors a combined.
If you don't feel like cold foaming your milk, you can skip this step and just pour the cold milk in an iced-filled glass instead.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 5.95gSaturated Fat: 3.4gUnsaturated Fat: 1.4gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 8.27gSugar: 9.6gProtein: 5.9g
I've calculated the nutritional information using whole milk. When using a different kind of milk or substitute, the number of calories can change.
How many calories are in an iced caffè latte?
An iced caffè latte has a total of 110 calories. These calories are from the 3/4 cup (0.18 l) of whole milk used to make the coffee. Because no sweeteners are added, it’s a relatively healthy coffee drink.
The best thing about this recipe is that you can switch out the whole milk for a different kind of milk of your choosing.
For example, you can choose to pick lower-fat milk or a milk alternative you love to drink. The options are endless, and you can make a low-calorie drink that tastes amazing when doing so.
This coffee recipe is so easy to make but tastes so sweet and delicious. I believe that this is a perfect recipe for those hot summer days ahead.
You can easily make a larger batch of this iced coffee a day before if you wish, which is fantastic when you’re expecting that family or friends are coming over.
If you’re interested in trying out more coffee recipes today, have a look down below. I’ve listed a few iced coffee recipes that are also super easy to make and taste rich and sweet. You’ll love them.
Do you also like making easy iced coffees in the summer? Let me know by leaving a comment down below. If you have any other questions regarding coffee, you can also contact me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!