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Easy Caramel Brulee Latte Recipe (Sweet & Delicious)

iced caramel brulee latte

Ordering specialty espresso drinks is a great way to treat yourself every once in a while, but making it a regular habit can take a heavy toll on your wallet. A better, cheaper alternative is to buy the ingredients and make your favorite coffee treats at home. It takes a little more effort but isn’t actually that difficult.

In this article, we are going to show you how to make one of our favorite espresso drinks, the caramel brulee latte. Ideally, you would use espresso, but if you don’t have an espresso machine, you can use strong coffee instead. Besides espresso, you only need a few ingredients and about 10 minutes to whip up this delicious, sweet coffee treat. Let’s begin!

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iced caramel brulee latte

Caramel Brulee Latte

This recipe has a few more ingredients than other similar recipes, but we think the extra flavors from the brown sugar and vanilla extract go a long way to making this a complete drink. We usually like to make our syrup from scratch when possible, but we'll make an exception for this recipe and use store-bought caramel syrup—trust us, it's easier this way.
5 star average
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 drink(s)
Calories 129 kcal


  • Small saucepan
  • Espresso machine or coffee maker
  • Spoon
  • Coffee mug


  • Double shot of espresso or 8 ounces of strong coffee
  • ½ ounce caramel syrup
  • 6 ounces milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon caramel drizzle for topping
  • Whipped cream for topping


  • Pull a double shot of espresso. You can use whatever style of espresso you like, but our recommendation is a dark roast. The sweetness in this drink can be overpowering if you use a medium or light roast.
  • Combine the brown sugar, milk, and caramel syrup in a small saucepan and heat on low, stirring continuously. Avoid letting the mixture boil. The goal is to get the sugar to dissolve completely and develop a thick consistency.
  • Once the sugar is fully dissolved, combine the caramel syrup with the espresso. Stir until the coffee and syrup are thoroughly mixed.
  • Top with whipped cream and caramel drizzle.


Calories: 129kcalCarbohydrates: 1.7gFat: 0.5gCholesterol: 1.4mgSugar: 13.52g
Keyword Caramel Brulee Latte, caramel latte

Homemade Caramel Brulee Latte Customization Options

One noticeable difference between this recipe and many other latte recipes is the absence of steamed milk and microfoam. We prefer using the milk as the base for the caramel syrup mixture, but doing so precludes us from frothing the milk as we otherwise would.

One workaround is to hold out some of the milk, froth it, and use the rest to make the caramel sauce. However, using less milk makes the caramel sauce extremely thick and dense, making it difficult to blend with the espresso. On the other hand, using separate milk to create microfoam makes the drink quite milky.

handheld milk frother

If you can’t imagine a latte without steamed milk and microfoam, we recommend following this recipe and frothing a small amount of extra milk on the side. Following this strategy makes it easy to blend everything and lets you readily adjust the recipe in subsequent attempts if you want more or less microfoam.

The other primary channel for customization is milk. Using regular whole milk makes for a creamy, thick latte, but using almond milk or oat milk can give your drink a unique twist. Sweetened almond milk can be a bit too sugary considering we already include brown sugar, but unsweetened almond milk is a great option.

Oat milk is the more subtle, less flashy choice that adds texture and thickness many people find appealing. Other good options are other kinds of nut milk like cashew and hazelnut. We tried coconut milk, but we don’t recommend it since it doesn’t play nicely with the other flavors.

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The caramel brulee latte is one of the tastiest specialty lattes we’ve had, and yet it isn’t as popular as many other varieties. If you’ve discovered this drink and uncovered a hidden addiction, you might want to consider giving this recipe a try; your wallet will thank you.

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Sean Brennan

Sean’s obsession with coffee started when he received his first French press as a gift almost ten years ago. Since then, his love of coffee – and the number of coffee gadgets he owns – has grown considerably. A scientist by training, there is no stone he has left unturned in the never-ending quest for the perfect cup of coffee. He has spent many hours tuning his pour-over technique, thinking about how to best compare grind quality, and worrying about whether the Nicaraguan or Kenyan beans will make the best cold brew. These days he favors the Hario V60, and starts each day by hand grinding his coffee before enjoying a cup prepared with care and attention to detail.

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