Indulge in a Rich and Creamy Caramel Latte!

Ahoy there, coffee lovers! If you’re looking for a luscious treat that combines the sweetness of caramel with the bold flavor of coffee, look no further than my homemade caramel latte recipe. This recipe is perfect for folks who love indulging in a warm and creamy coffee drink without having to use an espresso machine.

But why settle for boring old coffee when you can add a sweet twist to it? With my recipe, you can have your coffee fix and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. The secret to this delicious coffee treat lies in the homemade caramel sauce that we’re going to whip up together.

I assure you that this recipe won’t disappoint. Who needs Starbucks when you can make your own cup of caramel latte right at home? So, come on over and let me show you how to make the world’s best caramel latte – sans espresso machine!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Caramel Latte, Sans Espresso Machine
Caramel Latte, Sans Espresso Machine

My dear coffee lovers, let me tell you, if you’re a fan of decadent and creamy drinks with a hint of sweetness, this Caramel Latte recipe is going to be your new best friend. Trust me when I say that you don’t need an espresso machine or fancy coffee makers to enjoy this café latte at home.

Why will you love this recipe? The answer is simple – it’s a perfect balance of bitter and sweet. The bittersweet flavor of strongly brewed coffee combined with the rich salted caramel sauce gives your taste buds an experience that will make you feel like royalty.

But wait, there’s more! Not only is this homemade caramel latte unbelievably delicious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. This recipe requires simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry like water, dark brown sugar, vanilla extract, and half-and-half or milk. With just a few easy steps and a little bit of patience, you can whip up a coffee shop-worthy drink right from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Not only is the process simple and quick, but also versatile! You can easily customize this recipe to suit your preferences by adjusting the amount of caramel syrup or adding in some whipped cream on top. It’s even easier to swap out some components for others if you want to skip something or add some extra flavor.

So why go all the way to Starbucks or settle for an average cup of coffee when you can make this luxurious caramel latte recipe without machines at home? Save yourself the time and money by whipping up a batch in no time, and taste the magic that only a homemade caramel latte can bring! Trust me; once you try this recipe, you will never look back.

Ingredient List

“Warm up your morning with this cozy caramel latte!”

Here’s what you’ll need to make Caramel Latte, Sans Espresso Machine Recipe. Don’t worry; you don’t need any special equipment or an espresso machine for this recipe. Most of these ingredients are commonly found in your kitchen.


  • Brewed Coffee – 1/2 cup
  • Milk – 1 cup (whole milk/half-and-half/any plant-based milk)
  • Water – 1/3 cup
  • Dark Brown Sugar – 3 tablespoons
  • Caramel Syrup – 2 tablespoons
  • Vanilla – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – a pinch

The brewed coffee should be very strong. It’s better to use a dark roast coffee for making lattes. You can play around with the balance of coffee and milk, depending on personal preference to customize your perfect caramel latte. The quality of the ingredients used matters when it comes to a coffee drink like this, so use high-quality milk and caramel syrup. And, don’t forget the pinch of salt as it accentuates the flavor of caramel and adds a bit of dimensionality to the taste.

The Recipe How-To

“Indulge in the sweet and creamy goodness of homemade caramel latte.”

Now, in this section, let me take you behind the scenes of making a delicious caramel latte without an espresso machine. Listen carefully and follow my step-by-step instructions to make a heavenly cup of coffee.


Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half or milk
  • 1/4 cup caramel syrup or sauce
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • additional caramel and sea salt for topping (optional)


Step 1: Start by brewing a strongly brewed coffee, which will serve as the base of your latte. You can use any brewing method you prefer, such as pour-over or French press.

Step 2: In a small pot over medium heat, combine the dark brown sugar, water, and sea salt. Stir everything together until the sugar dissolves completely.

Step 3: Let the mixture simmer for 5-7 minutes or until it turns into a thick homemade caramel sauce.

Step 4: Add vanilla extract to the caramel sauce and stir well. Set it aside.

Step 5: Pour 1/2 cup of half-and-half or milk in a separate pot and warm it over low heat. Be careful not to burn it.

Step 6: Whisk the warm milk vigorously until you get frothy milk on top or use a frother if you have one. Frothed milk is key to making an authentic latte.

Step 7: Now comes the fun part – assembling your latte! Add 1/4 cup of caramel syrup or sauce to your brewed coffee and mix well.

Step 8: Pour the frothed milk into your coffee and froth top with additional whipped cream, caramel syrup, and a sprinkle of sea salt, if desired.

Additional Tips

  • Use hot brewed coffee for a hot latte or iced coffee, add ice cubes, and cold milk for an iced caramel latte.
  • Feel free to switch up the syrup or sauce base to make a different flavored latte like a white chocolate or caramel macchiato.
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative with your toppings. You can also add chocolate shavings or cinnamon instead of caramel and salt.
  • To make it a bit stronger reminiscent of an espresso, use less milk or half-and-half in your recipe. Make it 1:2 coffee milk ratio instead of 1:3.
  • You can also use coffee makers or makers espresso machines to brew your coffee.

Now that you have learned how to make this perfect homemade caramel latte recipe without an espresso machine, you can enjoy this delicious **

Substitutions and Variations

“Skip the line and make your own caramel latte at home.”

Hold on to your suspenders, because I’ve got a few variations that will knock your boots off! Let’s start with substitutions for the ingredients in the caramel latte recipe without an espresso machine.

– Milk: You can use any milk, from whole milk to almond milk. For a richer drink, try using half-and-half or heavy cream.

– Syrup: If you don’t have caramel syrup on hand, use homemade caramel or caramel sauce. It’s even better if it’s salted!

– Brewed coffee: Although strongly brewed coffee is preferred, you can also use instant coffee granules for a quicker fix.

– Vanilla: Although I’m a big fan of vanilla extract, you could try using white chocolate instead for a delicious twist.

– Sugar: Dark brown sugar adds a smoky flavor to this caffeine-infused drink. However, if you don’t have any on hand, you could substitute it for regular granulated sugar.

Now let’s look at some variations and spin-offs for a little pizzazz.

1. Salted Caramel Latte – Add a pinch of sea salt in the cup before pouring in the coffee mixture for that sweet and salty kick.

2. Iced Caramel Latte – Replace the steamed milk with ice cubes and serve in a tall glass with whipped cream as a garnish.

3. Caramel Macchiato – Simply switch up the order of ingredients in the recipe; pour syrup first into the cup, then brew shots of espresso over it and add frothed milk to top it off.

4. Secret Menu Espresso Martini – Brew 2 shots espresso, then shake with ice cubes, vanilla vodka, Kahlua, and salted caramel syrup until well-blended. Strain into a chilled glass and enjoy!

Whether it’s starbucks or Bay Coffee drinks on your mind, these twists are sure to satisfy your taste buds when you’re in the mood for something different.

Serving and Pairing

“Feeling fancy? Try this easy caramel latte recipe.”

So you’ve made yourself a tantalizing caramel latte, and now the only thing left to do is to savor it. The perfect pairing for this coffee caramel dream? Something equally cozy and comforting, like a slice of freshly baked pound cake or a warm cinnamon bun, both of which would make an excellent addition. If you’re feeling adventurous, try dipping your favorite biscotti or shortbread cookies in your latte for an extra sweet treat.

The beauty of this recipe is that it can be enjoyed any time of day, hot or cold. Whether you prefer to sip it while curled up on the couch with a good book or poured over ice in the summertime, this caramel latte is a coffee drink that knows no season.

Looking for an even more indulgent experience? Top your caramel latte with whipped cream and a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce. For those who love a salty-sweet combo, sprinkle some sea salt on top for an added burst of flavor.

If you’re wondering how to make the perfect salted caramel latte, look no further than this recipe. Its rich flavors will remind you of one from Starbucks’ secret menu – but without the hefty price tag.

So go ahead, experiment with different serving styles and flavor combinations to find your own perfect match. Whether you enjoy it alongside a sweet treat or all by itself, this homemade caramel latte recipe is sure to satisfy your caffeine cravings and sweet tooth at once.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Spice up your coffee routine with a delicious caramel latte.”

There are times when you want to make a batch of caramel lattes ahead of time, or you end up with leftovers that you’d like to keep. Fear not, because with this recipe, it’s entirely possible.

To make the drink ahead of time, prepare the caramel syrup, brew the coffee and let everything cool down before mixing them together. Store the mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, reheat the mixture either in the microwave or over the stovetop, then add steamed milk and froth on top.

If you have leftover caramel lattes, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. When reheating, it’s best to use a microwave-safe container and heat on a low power setting for short periods. This way, the milk won’t scorch and will retain its froth.

However, it’s important to note that reheating may result in some separation between the milk and coffee mixture. To combat this, feel free to give it a quick stir before heating or sip it as is for a layered taste.

One great idea is to freeze your remaining caramel latte mixture into ice cubes, then use them in your iced coffee drinks later on. This creates an iced caramel latte effect that’s sure to impress any cafe-goer.

In summary, making and storing caramel lattes are entirely possible with this recipe. Whether you choose to make it ahead of time or save leftovers for later consumption, both options are feasible as long as proper storage guidelines are followed.

Tips for Perfect Results

“No espresso machine? No problem! You can still enjoy caramel latte bliss.”

Are you ready to make the perfect caramel latte? Follow these tips for perfect results and impress your friends, family or customers!

Tip #1: Use Strongly Brewed Coffee

To give your caramel latte a nice coffee flavor, make sure to use strongly brewed coffee. The coffee should have a dark and robust flavor, so it complements the sweet caramel syrup well. I recommend brewing at least 1-2 shots of espresso or using 1/3 cup of brewed coffee in this recipe.

Tip #2: Froth Your Milk for a Creamy Texture

Frothing your milk gives your caramel latte that creamy and luxurious texture that we all love. If you don’t have an espresso machine with a steam wand, you can froth the milk using a hand-held frother or an aerolatte whisk. It’s important to use whole milk or half-and-half to get that velvety texture.

Tip #3: Add Salted Caramel Sauce for Extra Flavor

If you love the sweet and salty combination, then you’ll appreciate adding a drizzle of salted caramel sauce on top of your homemade caramel latte. This will give it an irresistible depth of flavor.

Tip #4: Use Dark Brown Sugar and Vanilla Extract

Using dark brown sugar adds a depth of flavor that is perfect for this recipe. The rich flavors in caramel come from the sugar being heated until it’s almost burnt, giving it a deeper flavor profile. In addition, vanilla extract complements caramel really well, as it has warm and cozy notes that pair perfectly with the sweetness of caramel.

Tip #5: Experiment with Homemade Caramel Syrup

While store-bought caramel syrup is convenient, homemade caramel syrup can elevate your coffee drinks to another level. By making your own syrup, you can customize the sweetness level, adjust the consistency, and even experiment with different flavors like sea salt or white chocolate.

With these tips in mind, you’re now ready to make a delicious caramel latte without an espresso machine. Have fun making this coffee drink, and don’t forget to share it with your loved ones!


Now that you have learned how to make a delicious caramel latte without an espresso machine, let’s address some commonly asked questions that may arise while making this coffee drink. From alternative ingredients to frothing milk techniques, these FAQ will help you master this homemade caramel latte recipe like a pro barista. So, grab your cup of brewed coffee and let’s dive into the frequently asked questions!

How do you make a latte without an espresso machine?

To make a delicious coffee beverage, start by mixing espresso powder, sugar (if desired), and water in a mug. While that’s brewing, take a cup of milk and heat it up in the microwave for either 30 seconds if at room temperature, or for 50 seconds if it was refrigerated. Once heated, remove the lid and use a spoon to set aside the foam. Gradually pour the heated milk over the espresso mixture and enjoy the scrumptious taste.

How many shots of espresso are in a caramel latte?

In crafting a Grande-sized hot caramel latte, we start by adding a generous measure of four pumps of caramel syrup. This is then perfectly balanced with the addition of two shots of beautiful espresso, each of which measured to be 1oz. After that, we fill the cup with steamed milk, leaving about an inch from the top, taking special care to hold back the frothy foam. Finally, we finish this wonderful creation with several scoops of the elegant froth from the top of the pitcher of frothed milk.

What is the ratio milk to espresso for latte?

When crafting a Latte, the ideal proportion of espresso to hot milk is commonly 1:3, meaning one part espresso and three parts milk.

Bottom Line

So there you have it, folks – a recipe for a delicious caramel latte, made without an espresso machine. It’s easy to make, uses simple ingredients and can be customized to your liking with a few substitutions and variations. Plus, this recipe is perfect for those who want to enjoy a coffee drink from the comfort of their own home without investing in expensive equipment.

I encourage you to experiment with the recipe, try out different milk options or add a sprinkle of sea salt on top for a salted caramel twist. Don’t be afraid to get creative and make it your own!

Overall, I hope this recipe has inspired you to try making your own coffee drinks at home. With just a few simple ingredients and a bit of know-how, you can skip the coffee shop and enjoy a delicious latte in the comfort of your own home.

So go ahead, give it a try – I guarantee you’ll fall in love with the rich flavor of caramel and creamy froth of steamed milk in every sip. And who knows, you might even discover your new go-to coffee drink.

Caramel Latte, Sans Espresso Machine

Caramel Latte, Sans Espresso Machine Recipe

No milk frother? No problem!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Coffee
Servings 2 mugs
Calories 689.3 kcal


  • 24 ounces dark roast freshly brewed coffee (I ground up local, dark roast decaf beans to a fine powder and doubled the scoops)
  • 1 cup half-and-half (or non-dairy cream option of choice)
  • 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Place sugar and 1/2 cup water into small pot and bring to low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  • Turn heat to medium high (until the mixture boils) and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and continue to stir to mixture doesn't burn. Then add rest of water and let cool. Store leftover caramel syrup in glass container with lid for future lattes.
  • Pour creamer into a glass or plastic container with lid. Shake vigorously (I hop in place while shaking) for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Fill two mugs with fresh brewed dark roast coffee, add 1-2 tablespoons of caramel syrup (to taste), then add frothy creamer. Spoon extra froth on top. Enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 692gCalories: 689.3kcalCarbohydrates: 140.3gProtein: 4.2gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8.7gCholesterol: 44.8mgSodium: 175.3mgSugar: 133.9g
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