Caramel latte is a great choice when you want to drink a coffee-based beverage but light and tasty. To understand how to make a caramel latte, you need to learn the technique of making a traditional, i.e., original, drink. The process of making a classic latte includes several stages: brewing an espresso, frothing milk, and mixing both ingredients.
In a caramel latte, the tastes of milk and syrup will be more prevailing than that of espresso, but still, espresso should be of good quality so as not to spoil the taste of the beverage with excessive bitterness or acidity. Also, milk should not be overheated because, at a high temperature, it loses its sweetness and can get unpleasant bitterness. In fact, if you brew coffee using special coffee equipment, it is easier to avoid these mistakes.
A lot of attention in this recipe should be devoted to caramel. You can buy it in a store in the form of syrup or topping, but you can also make it at home. Using homemade caramel, you can be sure that it contains quality ingredients and you can control its concentration.
I have two recipes for caramel: a thinner one that is similar to syrup and a thicker one that has an unusual taste but is mainly for experimental use since it contains butter. To make caramel according to the first recipe, take sugar (calculate its amount depending on the number of servings), boiled water, and vanilla extract. If you take white sugar, you’ll get translucent caramel. Using dark cane sugar, you’ll get dark, chocolate-like caramel. Put sugar in a small saucepan, pour cold water (1:1.5-1:2 ratio) into it, and cook over low heat. Constantly stirring, bring it to a boil and keep cooking it for a few more minutes until thickened, gradually adding vanilla extract. You can experiment with the consistency of the caramel by adding more water to make it thinner.
According to the second recipe, mix butter and sugar in a saucepan, holding it on the stove, and then add water gradually. You can add coarse salt to both types of caramel after it is cooked and cooled. The taste will be unusual but quite pleasant.
What is the best time to add caramel to the drink? To be completely dissolved, it has to be added to a hot liquid. So, it is better to add it directly to espresso or when you pour milk. Stir it thoroughly. To prevent the drink from becoming sticky-sweet, I recommend that you add no more topping than the amount of espresso.
Sweetness, salt, and creamy latte merge into a unique whirlwind of flavors that will satisfy even the most sophisticated gourmet.