Easy Latte

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.

Makes

1 serving

Updated: Jul. 17, 2023
A latte has the same ingredients as a cappuccino, but is topped with just a thin layer of foamy milk. This latte recipe results in a creamy coffee concoction as pleasing as any you'd find at a coffeehouse.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup hot brewed Easy Espresso
  • Ground cinnamon, optional

Directions

  1. Place milk in a 1-cup microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 minute or until milk is hot and small bubbles form around edge of cup.
  2. Place a metal whisk in cup; whisk vigorously by holding whisk handle loosely between palms and quickly rubbing hands back and forth. Remove foam to a small measuring cup as it forms. Continue whisking until foam measures 1/8 to 1/4 cup; set aside.
  3. Pour Easy Espresso into a cup; pour in remaining hot milk. Spoon foam over top and serve immediately. If desired, sprinkle with cinnamon.
Easy Latte Tips

How else can you froth milk to make a latte?

When I make hot lattes at home, a handheld milk frother is an essential tool for me. With just the toggle of a switch, you can get as much foam as you like within seconds. That way, you don't have to put in the elbow grease to do it with a whisk.

Can you use other kinds of milk to make a latte?

Of course you can! Our easy latte recipe calls for whole milk, but you can go for 2% or skim milk—just know that your latte will be a little bit thinner than usual. Otherwise, go with the nondairy milk of your choice, such as almond, oat or soy. I've found that macadamia nut milk is an unusual but delightful choice for a latte.

How do you make a flavored latte?

You don't have to leave the house to get a flavored latte. Flavored syrups are just one of the many coffee products that will help you become your own barista. Go for a store-bought syrup like caramel or hazelnut, or make your own infused simple syrup. One of my favorite kinds of simple syrup to make for coffee is rosemary simple syrup: Simply put sprigs of rosemary into the simple syrup after the sugar has dissolved and let them infuse until the syrup is as thick and flavorful as you like.

After you learn how to make a latte at home, try your hand at making different types of coffee next.

Lauren Pahmeier, Taste of Home Associate Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 82 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.