Before the Godfather, I was that girl at the coffee shop who ordered the too-sweet latte with more milk and sugar than coffee because I had no idea how to drink coffee because I didn’t know how to make it! A salted caramel mocha latte would have been right up my alley, only much *much* lighter than what you see in the photos. But since one of the Godfather’s major food groups is coffee, I learned how to make it properly and enjoy it much more, even when I order the “girly” drinks. We even make it a point to travel to local roasters and sample different blends and varieties, purchasing some to enjoy at home later if we love it.
Flavored lattes are definitely a treat for me as I rarely stop by the coffee shop since we keep such great coffee at home, and we try to avoid processed foods, so I don’t keep any of the prepared syrups on hand. Therefore, the opportunity to enjoy only arises when I have homemade caramel sauce or chocolate sauce in the fridge. It just feels weird to use a prepared sauce when we make our lattes with organic raw milk. And flavored lattes, as a “treat” drink, feel like something you enjoy when catching up with a girlfriend, as a pick-me-up during a particularly stressful day, or as an impromptu afternoon date with your other half. So when I make them, I always plan to use really yummy ingredients, and take a few minutes to savor my coffee!
We don’t have a fancy espresso machine, we use a stove top espresso maker like this one to make our Cuban coffee/espresso. We actually had that coffee maker until I dropped it last week and broke the handle… oops.
Making the latte is quite simple. Assemble your ingredients, brew your espresso, heat your milk, stir, top with a little whipped cream if you’re feeling extra fancy, and finish with a light dusting of sea salt! Then take a few minutes and enjoy! The best part is, once you have the ingredients on hand, it takes just a few minutes to make your own coffee house drink. In pajamas. Yes.
- 1 tsp chocolate syrup + more for drizzling
- 1 tsp caramel sauce + more for drizzling
- 6 ounces milk you may substitute a non-dairy alternative of your choice
- 1-2 shots espresso
- whipped cream optional
- fleur du sel
Make your espresso and heat your milk.
Stir together the milk, chocolate sauce, and caramel sauce. Feel free to adjust amounts to taste.
Add the espresso.
Top with whipped cream if desired, then drizzle with a little extra caramel sauce and chocolate syrup and top with a sprinkling of coarse sea salt.