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A Definitive Guide to Latte Flavors

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Basic lattes are some of the most delicious drinks in the coffee world. Velvety steamed milk, bold espresso, and a delightful layer of microfoam come together perfectly. But sometimes you want a little extra flavor in your cup. What are the best available latte flavors, how can you make them at home, and how can you order them?

We’re here to answer those questions today. You’ll be an expert on latte flavors before you know it! Keep reading to see the 13 best latte flavors that you’ll want to sample immediately.

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How do you make a flavored latte?

You can make flavored lattes using syrups or powders. Syrups are a little easier to use — they don’t have to dissolve and won’t leave grit at the bottom of your mug — but powders can work well, too. You can buy coffee syrups in all kinds of flavors, including caramel, chocolate, mint, and even orange. On the powder side, you can use cocoa powder or a range of spices like turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice blends.

Ready to get started? Here’s our guide to the 13 most popular, delicious, and unusual latte flavors. You’ll find flavored latte recipes, ordering tips, and more!


The Classics

1. Vanilla Lattes

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One of the most common latte flavorings is vanilla. You can get fancy with whole vanilla beans, but you can also just add a teaspoon of vanilla extract!

Simple Vanilla Latte Recipe (Hot or Iced)
Ready to start making a lovely and delicious vanilla latte right in the comfort of your own home? We'll show you how to make this coffee drink any time you want. Get ready to treat your taste buds and save money at the same time!
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2. Caramel Lattes

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Caramel is another classic latte flavor. At a coffee shop like Starbucks, you can order caramel versions of almost every coffee drink, like caramel steamers, frappuccinos, iced coffees, and, of course, lattes.

Simple Caramel Latte Recipe
Want to whip up a tasty homemade caramel latte? This easy recipe will get you there in no time! All you need are a few basic ingredients.
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3. Mocha Lattes

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Mocha lattes — often just called mochas — combine chocolate, coffee, and milk to make a rich drink. To make one at home, you can add chocolate syrup or cocoa powder to your steamed milk. And don’t forget a drizzle of chocolate sauce or a sprinkle of chocolate chips to top it off!

Extra-Chocolatey Mocha
Mochas are delicious treats, combining rich chocolate with complex espresso and velvety milk. This recipe will make an extra-chocolatey mocha, so treat your taste buds!
Try this delicious recipe!
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Holiday Lattes

4. Peppermint Mocha Lattes

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Peppermint mochas are one of the most popular Starbucks holiday drinks, combining peppermint syrup, chocolate, and espresso. Make one at home topped with crushed candy canes!

Cozy Peppermint Mocha
Our simple peppermint mocha recipe will help you make a delicious minty drink in the comfort of your kitchen. With a few basic ingredients and supplies, you’ll have one of the best winter drinks! So put away your ice skates and mittens and get ready to enjoy a cozy beverage.
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5. Gingerbread Lattes

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There’s nothing quite as amazingly aromatic as freshly baked gingerbread cookies, and you can whip up a coffee version using similar ingredients. Next time you’re baking gingerbread, save some molasses, cinnamon, and ginger to mix into your latte!

Gingerbread Latte Recipe
If holidays make you think of cozy nights by the fire and spiced gingerbread cookies, this is the latte recipe for you! Whisk espresso, molasses, and spices and top with velvety steamed milk for the perfect winter treat.
Try this delicious recipe!
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6. Eggnog Lattes

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Eggnog lattes are easier to make than you might think. During the holiday season, you can buy eggnog concentrate in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores. And if you have a sudden summer craving for an eggnog latte, you can usually find a good powdered mix online or in the baking aisle.

Cozy Eggnog Latte Recipe
Is there anything cozier than a warm glass of eggnog by a roaring fire? Take your favorite holiday drink to the next level by turning it into a latte. Your taste buds will thank you!
Try this delicious recipe!
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7. King Cake Lattes

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Inspired by New Orleans’ famous Mardi Gras King Cakes, this latte contains caramel, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Don a bead necklace and add a plastic baby for authenticity if you dare!

Incredible King Cake Latte
Celebrate Mardi Gras in style with this incredible spiced King Cake latte recipe! The brown sugar, caramel, and cinnamon make festive additions to a classic latte.
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Tea Lattes

8. Chai Lattes

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Chai is a cozy Indian drink made with black tea, milk, and an intense blend of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger. At coffee shops, you can order chai lattes in many forms, like iced, blended, and hot. And if you’re at home, a good chai blend will make whipping up a chai latte a breeze!

How to Make a Chai Latte
As you’ll see, this is a simple process. The most difficult part is that you need to keep an eye on the temperatures of both things that you are heating. You should have a delicious chai latte in five to 10 minutes.
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How to make a chai latte

9. Dirty Chai Lattes

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Don’t worry: dirty chai lattes are much tastier than their name suggests. Dirty chai lattes are just like regular chai lattes but with a shot or two of espresso. You can take your caffeine level up a notch and enjoy the spices along with your favorite coffee drink.

Delicious Dirty Chai Latte
The name may sound unappetizing, but dirty chai lattes are some of the most delicious coffee drinks around! Combine spicy chai tea with espresso and milk to make this cozy drink.
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10. Matcha Lattes

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Matcha lattes are a bright green Japanese treat made with finely powdered green tea leaves. They’re delicious hot or on ice and offer a few health benefits, too. If you’re a big matcha fan, you can whisk the powder into your latte and enjoy the drink. But many of us like to add a sweetener because matcha can be on the bitter side.

Simple Matcha Latte Recipe
If you delight in the flavor of matcha, you may have found a healthy and straightforward ritual to liven up any time of your day. Changing up the recipe to your liking allows you to make it as indulgent or as clean as you like it.
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Unusual Latte Flavors

11. Turmeric Lattes (Golden Milk Lattes)

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This is one of the most brightly colored lattes you can make, and it’s all thanks to an unusual spice: turmeric. This Indian spice imparts a vibrant yellow color to your latte, along with a bitter, earthy flavor. It also has purported health benefits, so why not give turmeric lattes — also called golden milk lattes for obvious reasons — a try?

Spiced Turmeric Latte
Turmeric has a very strong flavor, and it can be overpowering on its own. As an ingredient in a latte, however, it makes a worthy centerpiece to the flavor puzzle. We like to liven our latte up with a few sweeteners and spices.
Try this delicious recipe!
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12. Lavender Lattes

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Dried lavender flowers can give your latte a floral, summery flavor. Make a lavender syrup and garnish your latte with a few dried flowers to enjoy this elegant latte at home. You can also try other flowers, like chamomile.

How to Make a Lavender Vanilla Latte (Hot or Iced)
Lavender lattes are surprisingly easy to make -- and delicious hot or iced! Whether you want a cozy lavender latte for a cold day or a refreshing iced lavender latte for a sweltering summer day, here the steps:
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Iced Lavender Coffee latte

13. Beet Lattes

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Beet lattes are also vibrantly colored, but the bright pink comes from a vegetable. Powdered beets make an easy add-in, and we like to use almond milk, maple syrup, and honey for a healthy flavored latte.

Stunning Beet Latte
This naturally flavored latte is a beautiful shade of pink -- thanks to the beets! With a dash of frothy almond milk, cinnamon, and maple syrup or honey, it’s a delicious way to get caffeinated and eat a few vegetables at the same time.
Try this delicious recipe!
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Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed this comprehensive guide to the 13 best latte flavors. Creamy lattes are great neutral bases that you can add all kinds of flavors to. Whether you whip up a vanilla, matcha, or beet latte, your taste buds will never be bored again!

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Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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