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Vanilla Latte Recipe – Everyone Loves This One

Brighten up your breakfast (or any time of the day) with my go-to vanilla coffee recipe.

It is easy, delicious, and super creamy. Plus, it will hardly take a few minutes to make.

So, let’s dive in!

What Is A Vanilla Latte?

A vanilla latte is an espresso-based coffee beverage, that adds steamed milk, and vanilla in some form. Both vanilla extract and vanilla syrup can be used to create the desired vanilla flavor.

Some confuse vanilla latte with vanilla coffee. They are not the same. Vanilla coffee is simply brewed coffee with pure vanilla for taste.

Any coffee shop you visit, like Starbucks and Costa, will likely serve vanilla latte in the standard sizes of 8 ounces, 12 ounces, and 16 ounces. 

Vanilla Latte

What You Need to Make Vanilla Coffee

You can also play around with the ratios of ingredients to create the flavor you love, but the essentials for a cup of vanilla are always the same:

  • Coffee beans or instant coffee
  • Vanilla extract or vanilla syrup
  • Hot water
  • Milk
  • Sugar (if you prefer)
  • Ice if you’re making iced coffee

You probably have these simple ingredients in your pantry already. 

How to Make Vanilla Latte

Making a vanilla latte at home can be surprisingly easy! All you need is coffee, milk of your choice (I prefer oat), and espresso. This is exactly how it is prepared in Starbucks, so I guess this is a Starbucks copycat recipe 🙂

Depending on your disposition, you can make either a hot or cold version of this vanilla coffee, which I’ll touch on later.

Vanilla Latte Featured

Vanilla Latte Recipe – Everyone Loves This One

A delicious latte combined with vanilla extract and vanilla syrup.
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Recipes
Servings 1 servings
Calories 110 kcal


  • 1 shot espresso
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)

Vanilla options (use only one)

  • 2 tbsp vanilla syrup
  • 2 tbsp vanilla creamer
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • Add the vanilla into a large mug, and optionally the sugar if you used pure vanilla powder.
  • Steam or froth the milk.
  • Pour the milk into the mug and gently mix it together with the vanilla.
  • Brew a single or double shot of espresso into a separate cup.
  • Pour the espresso into your mug.
  • Decorate using the last few drops of espresso, or sprinkle some vanilla or cinnamon powder on top.



  • You can use vanilla extract, syrup, or vanilla creamer as well.
  • Substituting espresso with espresso-like variants works perfectly with this recipe.

Here are the detailed instructions on how to make a vanilla latte Starbucks style.

Preparing your espresso

Espresso Coffee Cup

Like all lattes, you’ll need to prepare a shot of espresso for this drink. Or a double shot if you’re adding more milk.

There are a lot of added flavors that will combine with the espresso, so you don’t really need an espresso machine here.

Any method of making espresso will do, like strong Moka pot coffee, Aeropress espresso, or even instant coffee. As long as the result is a dense, strong coffee.

If you’re grinding fresh (as you should be), you can use your favorite type of coffee beans for vanilla coffee. I prefer a dark roast here, as the intense coffee flavor takes on a nice cadence with the sweet vanilla.

You can even buy special vanilla coffee beans instead of normal beans, but I wouldn’t recommend this. Vanilla oil residue will get stuck in your grinder, so you’ll be drinking vanilla-tasting coffee for a long time.

Creating the Vanilla Coffee

Once the espresso shot is ready, pour it into your serving cup.

Now add vanilla flavoring to the espresso shot and mix well. You can use

  • vanilla extract,
  • vanilla creamer, or
  • vanilla syrup as per your preference.

The point to be noted is that vanilla extract is not sweet by itself; you will want to add sugar to it if you prefer sweet coffee.

Otherwise, the sweetness of the creamer or syrup should be enough.

Vanilla Extractcreamer Syrup

Preparing the Milk

Once your coffee-vanilla mixture is ready, it’s time to prepare the milk.

Whole milk makes the best foam, but you can also use oat milk. Just be careful with the other sweeteners here, oat milk is naturally sweet.

It’s best to use steamed milk with a steaming wand for that perfect layer of foam and temperature, but you can also use DIY-frothed milk.

Here are some easy ways to froth milk at home. The whisk is my milk frother of choice.

Try to get rid of the big bubbles of the froth though, and create a more consistent, silky structure.

Frothed Milk


Finally, add your frothed milk to the coffee drink and serve. You can sprinkle some ground vanilla or cinnamon on top if you like.

Iced Vanilla Latte modifications

Iced Coffee With Straw

If you are making the iced version of this recipe, try preparing cold brew coffee concentrate the day before. It adds even more sweetness to this awesome coffee drink, and shortens your prep time.

And of course, don’t steam your milk. If you want to make a cold vanilla latte, simply froth it while it is still cold.

Otherwise, all other elements of the recipe are the same.

What Kind of Cup Should Vanilla Coffee Be Served In?

Vanilla coffee can be served in any regular mug according to its serving size. Most coffee shops prefer serving it in a tall mug.

Glass Mug 1

However, if it is cold vanilla coffee, it can be served in a glass mug to make its layers visible and look tempting.

Tips for Making Vanilla Coffee at Home

To perfectly make a cup of vanilla coffee, you must keep a few things in mind.

Here are some of my tried and tested tips for you that will take your coffee-making to a new level:

  • Ensure the steamed milk is not too hot or cold. It needs to have an optimum temperature (140 to 160 F) so that it complements the aroma and taste of the coffee beans.
  • When adding vanilla flavoring to the coffee, always add a little amount and taste it. You can always add more if you like, but you can’t take any away once it’s in there.
  • Try to grind coffee beans fresh.
  • Do not let your vanilla latte sit for too long because its taste will become bitter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Vanilla and french vanilla flavors of coffee are often misunderstood due to similar names. But they are quite different as vanilla coffee has a mild sweetness and the perfect blend of vanilla and coffee. On the other hand, the french vanilla flavor is a bit sweeter, usually preferred by people who dislike the bitterness of coffee.

It depends on the type of flavoring that you are using, whether it is vanilla extract, vanilla syrup, or vanilla creamer.

Since pure vanilla extract is not sweet, adding too much extract can make your coffee bitter.

On the other hand, adding too much vanilla syrup or creamer will only make your coffee sweeter.

Every person has unique preferences of their own. Some people prefer pure vanilla extract, while others prefer vanilla syrup in their coffee. It depends on whether they prefer sweet coffee or not.

Hopefully, you’ve learned enough from this vanilla latte recipe to whip it up on your own now.

Please let me know how it goes in a comment below!

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