Iced Caramel Latte | Use your favorite caramel sauce or my easy recipe for salted caramel sauce and make your own iced caramel lattes at home with just a few ingredients! Just coffee, caramel sauce (or salted caramel), milk of your choice, and ice, and you'll have a coffee shop style cold coffee at home.
One of my favorite hot coffee drinks is a latte and I make them myself all fall and winter long. I love the process of brewing a shot of espresso, foaming milk, and combining everything in a giant mug of warmth and coziness.
Sometimes I make them just like that and sometimes I add a homemade simple syrup like pumpkin spice or brown sugar simple syrup.
But it's summer. And it's abnormally hot where I am this year, so I've been cooling off in the afternoons with iced coffee. I've even replaced a few of my morning ritual hot coffees with these creamy and cold caramel iced coffees.
It's worth it to make the caramel sauce for this - I just think a homemade salted caramel sauce can't be beaten by store-bought. But that's me - if you're not into trying to make the caramel, use your favorite brand.
Let me just reassure you though, that the caramel sauce only takes like 10 minutes and has only 4 ingredients. Basic ingredients.
A typical latte has foamed milk on the top. For this iced latte, you can combine all ingredients in a jar and shake to get some milk foam. But in my opinion, milk foams better when it's warm and this is a cold drink so I skip it and add whipped topping! It holds the caramel drizzle nicely anyway.
About the ingredients for this recipe.
See the recipe card below for exact amounts.
- Caramel Syrup - Read my Salted Caramel Recipe for how to make a 10-minute caramel sauce. It's easier than it seems! You can leave the salt in or omit it if using it for this Iced Caramel Latte. I like to leave it in.
- Coffee - You can use strong brewed coffee, an espresso shot, cold brew coffee, or even instant coffee. See my Iced Coffee with Instant Coffee recipe for how to make iced coffee with instant coffee granules. I use espresso for this drink (sometimes a double shot)
- Milk - I like oat milk, but you can use cow's milk or another plant milk that you enjoy.
- Ice - A bunch of ice
- Whipped cream - You can whip up some cream for topping your iced caramel lattes. I love doing this and drizzling more caramel on top.
How to Make an Iced Caramel Latte - The Basics
- Drizzle caramel in a tall glass.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Add strong coffee.
- Add milk.
- Top with whipped cream and more caramel sauce.
More in-depth instruction with step-by-step photos.
Prepare the coffee but make it strong. You can use coffee from a percolator, the more typical shot of espresso, some instant coffee, or even some strong cold brew coffee. Use about a quarter to half a cup. I use a shot of espresso.
Using a tall glass, dip a spoon in the caramel sauce and drizzle it all along the inside of the glass. Add an extra spoonful on the bottom of the glass if you like. Add ice. Pour the coffee over the ice and then add the milk. Give everything a stir.
Add whipped cream on top and then drizzle the caramel over. Don't make a mess as I did! Add a straw and you're good to go.
Quick Tip: These metal straws are cute and look similar to the ones I use.
Make this drink dairy-free by using plant milk, whipped topping like coconut whipped cream, and a dairy-free caramel (You could try this Vegan Caramel Sauce by From My Bowl)
If you are making my Caramel Sauce you can leave the salt in for a Salted Caramel Iced Latte.
Try a flavored coffee if you like them. Vanilla would be nice in this drink!
Make it kid-friendly by trying hot chocolate instead of coffee.
Try my Iced Coffee with Instant Coffee for a simpler drink.
Try an iced white mocha next for a chocolatey summer drink.
EXPERT TIP: Pour the coffee over the ice and then add the milk right away so the coffee cools down. You can also chill your coffee by refrigerating it until it's room temperature. Then proceed to make the drink.
What to serve with this recipe
Iced Lattes are cold coffee drinks, usually topped with foamed milk. For this recipe, I use whipped cream instead for a cafe-style presentation.
Iced Caramel Latte
- ½ cup strong coffee
- 2-3 tablespoons caramel sauce
- ¼ cup plant milk
- whipping cream (for topping, optional)
- Drizzle caramel sauce along the inside a tall glass.
- Fill the glass to the top with ice.
- Add coffee and then milk.
- Top with optional whipped cream and caramel sauce. Serve
Nutritional information is an estimate. Values vary based on products used.
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