Even though fall is on our doorstep, summer is still here for a few more weeks. That means we are still looking for cold refreshing ways to enjoy our daily coffee. We miss lattes, but aren’t really into ordering hot coffee when it’s 100 degrees outside.

Here’s how you can skip the line at the coffee shop- not to mention the heat!- and make iced lattes at home (with or without an espresso machine).

Make Iced Lattes at Home

Lattes are fun because you can experiment with so many different flavor combinations. Here’s a generic recipe to use as a base, but don’t be afraid to get creative!

What you’ll need:

  • Drink shaker
  • Your favorite coffee beans
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Creamer of choice (milk, half and half, almond milk, etc)
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Sidenote: An Aeropress (or other kind of espresso machine) is a great device for making lattes because you need a super fine grind. However, if you don’t own one, you just need a grinder capable of producing an espresso-grade fine grind.

Don’t own a grinder? Check out our article reviewing 6 of the best hand grinders on the market.

Instructions:

  1. Brew coffee with a high ratio of coffee to water. Generally, it is safe to go 12.5 grams of water for every 1 gram coffee (12.5:1).
  2. Fill drink shaker with ice.
  3. Add coffee to shaker.
  4. Add 12-16 oz. of creamer.
  5. Shake vigorously for ~ 30 seconds.
  6. Pour over ice.
  7. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

 Other versions to try:

  1. Cold Brew Iced Latte– Just follow our instructions in this article about Making Cold Brew in Your French Press (if you don’t have a French Press, you really just need a pitcher or mason jar) to make the concentrate. When ready, fill a cup with ice- adding sweetener first (this is optional, of course)-then add the Cold Brew concentrate. Add creamer of your choice, filling the cup the rest of the way. Stir until well mixed and enjoy!
  2. Iced Honey Latte– This recipe will also work with agave if you prefer that to honey. Fill a mason jar (or cup with a lid) with ice, coffee, and honey. Shake for ~ 1 minute. Add half and half, shake again to mix (~30 seconds) and serve.
  3. Iced Lavender Dirty Chai Latte– This recipe is from The Almond Eater and it looked too good not to share. You need Cold Brew concentrate (or 1 shot of espresso), creamer, and ice as well as cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, freshly sliced ginger, lavender buds, sugar and water. Check out the full recipe here.
  4. Horchata Iced Lattes– This recipe comes from Milly’s Kitchen and is a great way to combat the summer heat. It’s an added bonus that you get to learn how to make horchata as well- it’s delicious! You’ll need long-grain rice, almonds, cinnamon sticks, sugar, sea salt, vanilla, heavy cream (optional), and espresso. Check out the full recipe here.

Hopefully you’re already in your kitchen because this has inspired you to try to make iced lattes at home. If you’re not, consider giving one of these (or your own) recipes a try next time you make coffee.

Happy drinking!

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