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How To Make Homemade Flavored Lattes and Hot Chocolates for the Holidays
Doesn't take long at all!
Flavored lattes and flavored hot chocolates have the same basic elements, except lattes have coffee flavor. But for those of us that want to save a buck or two on flavored holiday coffees can make them at home. With a bit of know how and a short shopping list, you can make your own special holiday drinks, including peppermint, pumpkin spice, and gingerbread.
The coffee element
Lattes usually require espresso. I love espresso like crazy! But if you don't have means to make any, a very strong pot of coffee can do in a pinch. If you are using coffee, you'll have to use less cream and flavor or they will overpower the coffee.
Torani is the syrup I use on the regular
When making a flavored latte or hot chocolate, you're going to need an ingredient that packs a lot of flavor in a small amount. This is where syrups come in. I like to use Torani syrups because they are great quality and they come in about a billion flavors. I made an almond rocha latte the other day with syrup. They had Kiwi and I can't even find a real kiwi in the store.
To make delicious coffees and hot chocolates, you'll need a creamy milk element. You can use pretty much anything, from half and half, to egg nog, to non fat milk. If you have allergies, you can even use almond milk.
A hot tip
I didn't have access to syrup the other day, so I used a cheap trick to get a flavored coffee. Basically I put half and half in my coffee as usual. Then I put in just a few drops of vanilla extract and made a vanilla coffee! The sweetness in the extract made it sweet enough so I didn't have to use sugar. I'm not sure if this is part of the coffee recipe or more a testament to my application of survivalist skills to my addiction to coffee. Either way, it works!
Wrapping it up
So to sum up, you need a syrup, a milk element, and a coffee element. Unless it's hot chocolate, then you need a chocolate syrup or mix. Either way, a flavored syrup can change up your whole drink. To zest it up, you can top them with whipped cream and cinnamon or some other spices. Try it out!
The order in which the ingredients should go
- If you are making a flavored latte, the flavored syrup should go in first. If you are making hot chocolate, the chocolate syrup or chocolate mix should go first.
- In a coffee, the espresso/coffee goes next to mix with the flavor. In hot chocolate, the flavor syrups go in with the chocolate mix.
- In both lattes and hot chocolates, the third stage is where the hot milk goes.
- In hot chocolate, mix thoroughly. You don't have to mix the latte but of course you can if you want.