If you’ve ever had a Spanish latte before, you already know they’re pretty good. But with the summer ahead, what better way to cool down than with an iced Spanish latte instead?
In this article, I’ll go over everything you need to know to make this amazing drink at home. It’s a super easy recipe and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients.
Even though the recipe is basic, it’s still a very refreshing drink on a hot summer day. Below I’ll share how to make an iced Spanish latte at home and what ingredients you need.
What is an iced Spanish latte?
An iced Spanish latte is an iced coffee drink made using milk, espresso coffee, sugar syrup, or condensed milk. This is all combined into a smooth drink and served on a generous amount of ice.
A Spanish latte is a fantastic drink to make at any given time, but while this iced version uses the same ingredients, I’ve made a few minor changes to make this into the perfect iced drink.
Let me tell you about the ingredients used and how you can switch them up to make this drink more personal.
What ingredients are in an iced Spanish latte?
To make an iced Spanish latte at home, you’ll need a few ingredients that you probably already have at home. I’ve listed them below so that you can have a look:
- Milk of choice
- Espresso (or other coffee)
- Condensed milk or simple syrup
- Ice cubes
As you can see, there are many options to choose from. As for the milk, I like to use whole milk for the fullest flavor possible. You can also use lower-fat dairy like 2% fat milk or nonfat milk instead.
While the hot version uses scalded milk, you can choose to either cold foam your milk or add it to your drink without any preparation for this iced version.
Cold foamed milk adds a bit of texture to your coffee that you’d otherwise not get. But this is all about your preference. You can check out my full guide to making cold foam here.
The hot version uses either condensed milk or white granulated sugar; to make this into an iced drink, it’s best to make a simple syrup instead of using raw sugar.
The simple syrup is easy to make and will dissolve much easier than raw sugar. Raw sugar has a tough time dissolving in cold liquids.
You can choose to flavor this coffee drink using either condensed milk or simple syrup. If you want to use condensed milk, which I recommend as it is the most delicious option, you can follow the recipe and add it to your drink.
If you want to use simple syrup instead, you can check out the easy recipe here. This will bring you to the article where I explain in-depth how to make it at home.
The best coffee to use in an iced Spanish latte
Making an iced Spanish latte at home doesn’t have to be hard, which is why you can make this recipe with one of the following coffees:
- One or two espresso shots
- Freshly brewed coffee using a coffee brewer of choice
- One or two espresso coffee cups from your Nespresso or Keurig machine
I’ll be using two espresso shots for this recipe, as I like the stronger coffee taste. If you prefer to use a single shot of espresso, feel free to do so.
If you’d instead use any of the above-listed coffees, this is a great addition as well. Make sure that the coffee you’re using has a nice strong taste to it. You can check out my beginner’s guide to brewing coffee if you want to learn more.
The robust flavors of the espressos work so great as the basis for this drink. Because you’ll add sweetness from either the condensed milk or simple syrup, you don’t want the coffee to be too smooth.
- 2 espresso shots
- 1/2 cup (0.12 l) of whole milk
- 2 tbsp (30 grams) condensed milk or simple syrup
- Ice cubes
Now that you know what ingredients you need to make this coffee, let's get started:
- Start brewing your espresso shots (or other coffee). Once brewed, cool it down slightly using a few ice cubes.
- If you want to cold foam your milk, now is a good time to do so.
- Then, in a tall glass of choice, add the condensed milk or simple syrup.
- Pour the slightly cooled coffee on top and give this a stir.
- Add a few more ice cubes to the glass for that icy touch. I used roughly 8 ice cubes.
- Finally, pour the (cold foamed) milk on top, and your iced Spanish latte is ready!
I suggest serving the coffee with a straw if you're using condensed milk so that you can stir it all together for the most amazing drink.
You can brew your espresso shots or other coffee in advance. Once brewed, place it in the refrigerator overnight so you can make this recipe in an instant.
If you prefer using brewed coffee instead of espresso coffee, I suggest using 2 oz (60 ml), so it's equal to the amount of espresso.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2.2gUnsaturated Fat: 1.9gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 27.5gSugar: 28.4gProtein: 7g
I've calculated the nutritional information using condensed milk. If you're going to use simple syrup, then have a look below for the number of calories.
How many calories are in an iced Spanish latte?
The number of calories for this drink can change depending on the ingredients you’re using. Below, I’ve listed the number of calories for each component, have a look:
- The biggest number of calories comes from the condensed milk, which makes for 130 calories.
- The whole milk makes up for the remaining 73 calories.
- When using simple syrup instead, you’ll add 19 calories per tablespoon.
As you can see from the numbers above, this drink can be much lower in calories when using a substitute to the whole milk and using simple syrup instead of condensed milk.
It’s all about your preference. I like to add condensed milk as the flavor is amazing, but if you’re trying to lower your calorie intake, the simple syrup might be the better option.
Ever since I wrote the article on the hot version of the Spanish latte, I’ve been thinking about making it into an iced version that’d taste so refreshing in the summer.
This recipe has turned out well, and I’ve been enjoying it throughout writing this article.
I especially like that you can make this recipe however you want, using the coffee of choice, the sweetener you like best, and the kind of milk.
There’re so many ways to make this fantastic drink that I know you’ll like it as much as I do. If you’re interested in trying out another coffee recipe, make sure to check out the recipes I’ve listed below.
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