Making an iced latte at home is so easy! Treat yourself to a delicious caffeine boost and save some money in the process. You can be sipping on a sweet, cold, caffeinated treat in under 2 minutes!
🌟 Why You'll Love This Recipe
It's very easy to make. If you can brew some espresso and pour a few things into a glass, then you can make this recipe.
You can customize it. You can use whatever milk or sweetener that you choose.
It will energize you. This iced latte will fuel you and give you the energy to start your day.
💭 What is an iced latte?
First, let's talk about what a "latte" is.
"Caffè latte," or "caffè e latte," is Italian for "coffee and milk." A caffè latte (or just "latte", as it's often shortened in English) is made up of espresso and steamed milk.
An iced latte is just espresso and milk. No need to steam it since you're looking to make a cold drink.
- Ice: Normally I don't include ice in a list of ingredients, but ice is pretty integral to making an iced latte. Fill your glass up to the top with it.
- Espresso: Ideally, you should use espresso made using an espresso machine. The next best option would be to use really strong coffee. Probably the least preferable alternative would be to use instant espresso.
- Sweetener: You don't have to sweeten your iced latte if you don't want to. Totally optional. But you do you.
- Milk: Now for the "latte" portion of the iced latte. I used full fat oat milk, but 2% or whole cow's milk would be nice, too. So would almond milk.
👩🏻🍳 How to make an iced latte
It's not so difficult, really. But let me walk you through it!
1. Fill a glass with ice
Ice is a pretty important ingredient in an iced latte, right? Right.
Don't skimp on the ice!
2. Pour espresso over ice
Even if your espresso is freshly brewed and piping hot, the generous amount of ice cubes in your glass will help to cool it down quickly.
3. Add sweetener, if desired
This step is optional, of course. I'm a big fan of sugar free salted caramel syrup. But you do you.
I just recommend that you use some kind of liquid sweetener (like a simple syrup). That way, the sweetener can dissolve and incorporate into the latte completely. If you use granulated sugar, since the drink is cold, you run the risk of the sugar not dissolving very well and ending up with a gritty drink.
4. Add milk
Pour that milk in and enjoy all of the gorgeous swirling that goes on in your glass. Make sure to check out the FAQs below for my thoughts on which milk to use.
5. Stir it all up!
Stir it all up to combine everything. Then drink!
🔗 Other coffee drinks
Looking for more coffee drinks? I have a few more of those for you! Click through the photos below for more recipes from this blog, as well as a few links below the photos that are from other bloggers.
- Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso from Masala and Chai
- Iced White Chocolate Mocha from Coffee at Three
- Iced Caramel Latte from Baking Mischief
❓ Frequently Asked Questions
You have a couple of options. You can use some really strong coffee (probably the next best choice if espresso isn't an option) or instant espresso (not the first recommended choice, but could work in a pinch).
You don't have to sweeten your iced latte, if you don't want to. Truly, you do you. However, I've found that using a simple syrup or flavored syrup is a better strategy than using sugar or something of that sort. Because this is a cold beverage, the syrup incorporates seamlessly into the drink, whereas sugar might result in some grittiness.
Your choice! I have used oat milk (Oatly full fat) and 2% cow's milk. Both have worked beautifully. Though I haven't tried it, I imagine that almond milk would work well, too. My one recommendation would be to consider avoiding cream and/or half and half, if only from a calorie perspective, because the recipe uses quite a bit of milk.
An iced coffee is made with, you guessed it, coffee, whereas an iced latte is made with espresso.
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- 2 oz espresso see notes
- 1 oz liquid sweetener see notes
- 8 oz milk see notes
- Fill a large glass with icee
- Pour the espresso and sweetener over the ice
- Pour the milk into the glass and stir until everything is combined
- 1 shot of espresso = 1 oz; therefore this recipe calls for 2 shots of espresso
- Sweetener is optional; also feel free to increase or decrease the amount to meet your preferences
- I've used oat milk and 2% cow's milk, but whole milk and almond milk would likely be lovely, too
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is a generated estimate and is not guaranteed to be accurate.