Caramel iced latte is my absolute favourite summer drink, so I’m happy to share this easy recipe with you today! This sticky toffee-flavoured iced coffee is so delicious & indulgent, that you will want to make it at home again and again!
Why You Will Love This Caramel Iced Latte
- It is delightful – Feel like a star and treat yourself to this good-looking and incredibly tasty refreshment! It is the best way to cool down on hot days!
- It is super simple - All you need is to mix 5 basic ingredients together in 4 easy steps! This caramel iced latte is also easy to scale up, so you can surprise your family and friends with this crowd-pleasing drink in absolutely no time!
- You can make it healthier – Having full control of what goes into this iced cold coffee, you decide what to add and how much. Use sugar-free sauces and syrups for a low-calorie drink. It will be just as delicious, yet much healthier!
- It is budget-friendly – Your wallet will appreciate a break from spending money in coffee shops. And seriously, this recipe is so good, that you won’t have to visit Starbucks (or similar cafe) any time soon! Just stock up a few bottles of whipped cream and caramel sauce! 🙂
If you love iced coffee but you’re not a fan of caramel, try this hazelnut iced latte, cold brew iced latte, homemade iced mocha, or pumpkin-spiced iced latte, or an iced cold Irish cappuccino instead.
This iced caramel coffee recipe contains only 5 common ingredients, here they are:
- Cold brew of your favourite coffee. This can be made in advance, but not necessarily. Make a fresh brew and cool it down rapidly by placing it over a bowl of ice for at least 5-10 minutes.
- Sugar-free caramel syrup or caramel sauce (also known as sticky toffee)
- Cold semi-skimmed milk – add a dash of regular or plant-based milk. Opt-in for whole milk if you desire an even creamier taste.
- Ice – to keep the drink chilled. Both real and re-usable ice cubes will work in this recipe.
- Whipped cream is optional, but it pairs incredibly well with the caramel sauce (you may not want to miss out on that!). Use full or low-fat whipped cream according to your preference.
- Optional: Wafer or Caramel waffle (Stroopwafel) for an extra crunchy texture and even more toffee flavour.
- Cold large espresso (lungo) or instant coffee - most instant coffees dissolve easily in cold water. No need to pre-boil the water. Just mix the instant coffee granules (or powder) with cold water until it becomes a solution.
- Salted caramel flavoured syrup or sauce - will give this iced coffee an extra special toffee flavour, but less sweet and with a hint of salt.
- Make it vegan – swap milk, whipped cream and caramel sauce for their vegan-friendly alternatives.
To make this wonderful toffee-flavoured iced coffee, you will need:
- A glass - a tall or tumbler-style glass for serving. This drink will look great in a jar too.
- A jar with a lid - this will help mix the ingredients quicker.
- A straw or a latte spoon - for serving. To make sure you enjoy every little bit of the amazing flavours.
How to Make This Caramel Iced Latte
This incredibly refreshing caffeinated drink can be made in four simple steps:
- In a jar, mix cold brew and caramel sauce. Shake well until the caramel sauce dissolves completely.
- Decorate the insides of a glass with caramel sauce (this step is optional).
- Add ice and milk.
- Add cold coffee and caramel mix.
- Top with whipped cream and some more caramel sauce. Serve with a wafer and a straw.
For detailed instructions and measurements, please visit the recipe card at the very end of this article.
Variations - Iced Caramel Macchiato
To create the ‘macchiato’ effect (with visible layers: milk, coffee, milk foam), you need to froth the cold milk first – shake it or blend with a handheld milk frother (without reheating it!).
Then, add the frothy cold milk to a glass with ice. Add caramel syrup (sauce), which will sink to the bottom of the glass.
Wait 30-60 seconds for the milk to split into two layers (milk and froth), then slowly pour over the cold brew
If the milk foam looks strong enough (it is high and made of tiny little bubbles), you can add some more caramel sauce on top - it should hold it. Enjoy!
To enjoy your caramel iced latte as cold as possible, leave the glass to chill in the fridge for at least 30-60 minutes before making this recipe.
Use caramel sauce at room temperature – if you do store caramel sauce in the fridge, take it out at least 30 mins prior to making this iced coffee. It will be easier to work with. The consistency of the caramel will differ from brand to brand.
If needed, warm it up for up to 1 minute in a microwavable dish in the microwave, or insert it in a bowl with hot water for about 10-20 seconds or until it is runny enough.
You can make the coffee and caramel blend in advance. Store it in a jar in the fridge for up to 1 day. Shake the jar well before serving to pick up any sugary residue from the bottom of the jar. Pour the coffee blend over ice, and add milk and whipped cream just before serving.
This caramel iced latte can be stored in the freezer too. However, please note that caramel can take much longer to freeze than other sauces, due to the amount of sugar in it.
Pour the coffee and caramel mix onto an ice cube tray and store it in an upright position in the freezer for up to 1 year. Serve the frozen caramel coffee cubes with cold milk and whipped cream.
Iced caramel latte contains cold milk, chilled coffee, and caramel syrup or sauce. It can be topped with whipped cream and more caramel (sticky toffee) sauce.
Latte is a hot version of a milky coffee made of an espresso shot (or two). It is usually served in a mug.
Iced latte is an ice-cold version of this coffee with milk. It is often served in a tall glass and with a straw.
There are around 135 (kilo) calories in this caramel iced latte. The total amount of calories in an iced caramel latte depends on the ingredients used, ie. type of milk and caramel (toffee) flavoured syrup, whipped cream. For a low-calorie drink, choose low-fat and less-sugary (light) ingredients.
A portion of macchiato is stronger in taste than a latte. Macchiato contains more coffee and less milk. Latte, on the other hand, is made of a large (or double) espresso diluted in a large portion of milk, therefore the taste of a latte is not that strong.
Yes, you can, but it is recommended to follow good food hygiene standards: Place it in the fridge immediately after making it (or purchasing it) and consume the iced coffee within 24-48 hours. If you can, add milk, whipped cream and/or any syrups to it just before serving. Pure cold brew (without milk or cream) can stay in the fridge for up to 7 days.
📖 The Recipe
Caramel Iced Latte
- 120 ml cold brew, or 120 ml cold water + 1 teaspoon instant coffee
- 2 teaspoon sugar-free caramel (sticky toffee) syrup, or sauce
- 100 ml semi-skimmed milk, chilled
For serving (optional):
- 2 tablespoon whipped cream
- 1-2 teaspoon sugar-free caramel (sticky toffee) sauce
- 1 wafer roll
- In a jar, mix cold brew and caramel syrup. Shake well until the caramel syrup dissolves completely.
- (Optional) Decorate the insides of a glass with caramel sauce.
- Fill the glass with ⅓ of ice and add chilled milk.
- Pour over the cold coffee and caramel mix. Top the drink with whipped cream and some more caramel sauce. Serve with a wafer roll, a straw, and enjoy!
- Use cold large espresso (lungo) or instant coffee mixed with cold water.
- Salted caramel flavoured syrup will taste just as nice in this drink.
- Swap milk, whipped cream and caramel sauce for their vegan-friendly alternatives.
Nutritional Information (Estimates Only)
This is a recipe for a cold coffee drink which is intended to be served on hot days, however, please make sure that you are well hydrated and drink plenty of water in addition to this, as caffeine tends to dehydrate.