I am a firm believer in the idea of making delicious coffee with simple tools. I don’t have room in my kitchen, space in moving vehicles, or money in my bank account for a massive espresso machine, or frother, or even a coffee maker.

So in keeping with my “on a budget” theme, here is my homemade vanilla latte recipe!

What you’ll need for one serving––

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2-3 tbsp vanilla syrup (homemade recipe linked here)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-4 tbsp espresso OR 1 cup strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup milk

First, make your espresso or your coffee. We use a Bodum French Press, and VonShef Moka Pot.

While that brews, combine 3/4 cup of milk, vanilla syrup, and cinnamon in a pan on low/medium heat. Medium/high is dangerous when warming milk. The flavors also combine better when cooked on lower heat. Stir occasionally, until mixture is hot.

While the mixture heats, warm 1/4 cup milk in microwave and froth it. I have a $10 Amazon frother I use. You can also mix some vanilla or cinnamon in the froth for extra flavor/sweetener.

Pour espresso into a mug, add the mixture, then top with froth and cinnamon!

Side note: If you use coffee instead of espresso, follow the same instructions, just with coffee! Also, the milky froth isn’t super necessary, but it does make it pretty. If you decide to skip the froth, use a full cup of milk on the stovetop mixture.

If you aren’t a vanilla fan, substitute vanilla with other syrups you may like. You could use hazelnut, white chocolate, peppermint, caramel, mocha, or whatever!

I hope this makes your mornings sweeter!

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