Seasonal drinks are hitting the menu at coffee shops everywhere, but you can make a latte that smells like Autumn quite easily in your own home! I call this latte recipe Autumn Spice because it combines three of my favorite bold flavors - cinnamon, ginger, and cloves - and softens them with a touch of vanilla. Even better, making the flavored syrup for this espresso treat will scent your home better than seasonal potpourri.
This recipe will serve 2 - 4 people, depending on how sweet you like your drinks.
steamed milk, soy milk, or other substitute
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 sticks of cinnamon, or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon whole cloves
Start by preparing your flavored syrup. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Once mixture starts to boil, add vanilla. Allow alcohol in vanilla to burn off in boiling mixture - about 1 minute. Reduce heat and add cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Allow spiced syrup to simmer for at least 5 minutes.
While syrup simmers, brew espresso. I make about 3 ounces of espresso for each drink. For each ounce of espresso to be served, steam an ounce of milk. For more information on brewing espresso or steaming milk without an espresso machine, see my first latte tutorial on Going Home to Roost.
Before adding syrup to latte, skim out any cloves or cinnamon sticks with a slotted spoon.
To assemble the drink, I pour 3 ounces espresso, 1 - 2 ounces of spiced syrup, and 3 ounces of steamed milk into a mug, topped with the milk foam from the steaming process. Top with whipped cream or a sprinkle of cinnamon if you wish!