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.