Being the coffee addict that I am I can not bring myself to pay what a Starbucks costs every day. After much testing I finally figured out an at home recipe for a Vanilla Latte that tastes just like (actually slightly better) than the one you get from the Barista. I discovered that Starbucks sells their syrup bottles for $7.95. Only a dollar more for a gigantic bottle of syrup than a single latte. I am not lying when I tell you these bottles last forever. So without further ado, a morning pick me up…
The Perfect Vanilla Latte
What you will need:
Vanilla Syrup (this does not have to be the Starbucks brand, that is just my personal preference).
Soy Milk (you can use regular if you like, my stomach is just not a fan of it every day).
Pour one tablespoon of vanilla flavoring into your coffee cup.
Fill your water at a 1:1 ratio with the number of shots espresso you would like in your latte. I drink a quad shot latte, therefore I fill my water to the 4 line and my espresso grounds to the 4 line in the metal filter. For a traditional latte you should fill both to the 2 line.
Pour the water into the top of your espresso machine, reinsert filter and brew like you would a normal espresso shot. Pour the hot espresso over the vanilla syrup in your cup.
Fill carafe to the steam marked line (for mine this is just above the 2), pour into top of machine. Pour your milk into the same carafe you just poured your coffee and water out of. Fill to the 4 line (this is for both strong and traditional). Side note: please don’t mind the leftover coffee marks from the espresso on the side of my carafe. I wash that out after each use I promise, it all mixes together in the end anyways.
Steam your milk to your preferred temperature. For soy you want to be careful not to heat it above 65 degrees as it can easily curdle and burn. This takes about 30-45 seconds with my machine.
Pour your steamed milk over the espresso and vanilla and enjoy! I do know reading this it can seem a bit intense but it really is simple and takes me no more than 5 minutes to make both my husbands and my morning lattes.
If you like the salted caramel latte follow all of the above instructions except for the syrup. For this you will do half toffee nut and half caramel syrup. At the very end sprinkle lightly with sea salt and again… enjoy!