How to Make the Best Peppermint Latte at Home Without Peppermint Syrup
I don’t know if it’s because we’re slowly transitioning into the holiday season, but I could not wait to get my hands on a peppermint latte. It’s one of my favorite drinks this time of year and one of the things I look forward to during the holiday season. It’s sweet, creamy, and the peppermint always leaves a nice, cooling taste in your mouth. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it’s my favorite seasonal latte to drink. I digress, however.
I have tried for a while to figure out to replicate the flavor of it at home and struggled to do so…until recently that is. I made this drink this past week and it is perfect. I think I prefer this over the syrup that I purchased (although that’s good as well). Here’s how I made it.
- 1 Peppermint candy cane or 3 peppermint candies
- 1 cup of milk of your choice
- 1/2 tsp of brown sugar (but I recommend using as much as you like to taste.)
- Coffee of your choice
- Brew the coffee of your choice.
- I recommend using an espresso-maker, but if you don’t have one, you can get a similar consistency by putting more coffee grounds than water in your pot. If using a coffee pod, you can use a stronger blend, but it’s not necessary.
- As coffee is brewing, prepare your peppermint cream by first adding your candy cane or your peppermint candies to a food processor or blender. Pulsate it until it’s as fine as you can get it.
- If in blender, I’d recommend adding some of your milk to it, because otherwise it won’t really work.
- Next add the peppermint mixture, milk (I use oat), and 1/2 tsp of brown sugar together. Blend it in a blender. It should be slightly pink depending on the amount of peppermints you used.
- After that gently pour mixture to a smaller bowl. You’re going to want to use this mixture to froth it gently.
- If using a handheld frother, I get some of the best results by adding the mixture to the microwave for around 15 seconds before using.
- If no frother, feel free to reference our recommendation for how to add froth without using it!
- Gently pour coffee into cup. I usually pour until it’s halfway in my cup for lattes.
- Then gently pour froth mixture ontop of your coffee.
You can also pre-make your peppermint cream, so that you can make your own “peppermint creamer” to use throughout the week. I may do a post sharing the exact measurements of how to accomplish this soon. After making this, my coffee tasted just like some of my favorite peppermint lattes at some of my favorite coffee shops. It’s a great way to achieve a similar flavor if you do not have the right coffee syrup.
If you decide to make this, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Be sure to view our “Coffee at Home” category tag to view more of our recreations and lattes we’ve made at home that you can too!
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What’s your favorite seasonal latte?