Cold Brew Latte Love

January 11, 2017

If cold brew is the superhero of the java world, a cold brew latte is its greatest act of caffeinated valor, a perfect save-the-day blend of coffee punch and dairying-do. Hot or iced (pick your superpower), they’re just the sort of sweet salvation you want to see coming to your rescue.

If only summoning one at home was as simple as shining a latte-shaped spotlight into the nearest night sky. Maybe someday. But until then, we’re on our own. Good thing for secret weapons. These will make your own lattes epic:

  • Syrupticious sweetener. Forget sugar. Simple syrup instantly spreads its sweet kiss evenly into every corner of your latte. Make yours by heating one part sugar in one part water and stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves.
  • Flavor fearlessness. Add a few drops of vanilla, almond, peppermint, or any other extract to your syrup to create a seriously dynamic duo.
  • Caramel it all away. Caramel latte? Yes, please. It’s as simple as syrup: Heat 1 cup sugar in 1/4 cup water on medium-high. Once dissolved, up it to a boil and cover for two minutes. Then ditch the cover, and stir until the mix turns a nice amber color. Remove from heat and slowly add 1/2 cup of water (watch for hot splatters!), 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and a pinch of salt.
  • Mix your milks. Cream, sure. But think outside the cow. We like coconut milk for a deliciously different change of pace that gets bonus points for ultra creaminess. Almond or cashew milk are lighter options that make a nice nutty contribution. And we’re not above a scoop of something frozen either.
  • Blend it. Stirring is for amateurs. You’re a professional. So you whip your lattes in a blender for the kind of smooth sensation that used to only come in cups from the café.
  • Go grown-up. The best lattes frequently demand a splash of liqueur. Especially those consumed at sunset. (Think Kahlua, Sambuca, Amaretto, Frangelico, or Bailey’s).

Practice these super powers in your kitchen, and you’ll handily save your world from the great evil that is a mediocre homemade latte every time.