Lattes are loved by coffee drinkers around the world for their deliciously creamy taste. Combining coffee and a milk of your choice is an easy way to take your coffee experience to the next level, making the latte an ever-popular choice in coffee shops. Adding a flavor to a latte base is a simple way to elevate the beverage even more!
It’s easy to put a spin on the classic latte with a tasty flavor of choice. But there are so many latte flavors to choose from that it can be a bit overwhelming, which is why I have put together this guide to the best latte flavors, including a flavor breakdown.
There is something to suit every palate in this guide, so rest assured you’ll find something to wow your guests, your partner or yourself!
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Here are the 16 best latte flavors to spice up your go-to beverage…
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin spice lattes are an iconic latte for a reason – they are so tasty and are perfect for the fall season.
Here’s a recipe for a delicious pumpkin spice latte that you can make at home that’s perfect for warming you up in winter.
Pumpkin spice lattes are great for those with a sweet tooth that enjoy a decadent treat any time of the day. It’s simple to make for those trying their hand at being their own ‘at-home-Starbucks-barista’.
I’ve included loads of variations on making a pumpkin spice latte in the above recipe, so don’t worry if you don’t have a pumpkin pie spice. I’ve included some popular cupboard staples you can try instead!
There’s also a non-coffee option for those you don’t like the flavor of coffee and a super easy dairy free option.
If you prefer an iced latte over a hot latte there’s instructions for making it this way also.
Give it a go for yourself and see how tasty an at-home pumpkin spice latte can be!
Gingerbread lattes make for the perfect festive treat. Enjoy a gingerbread latte by a cosy fire, or when watching a Christmas movie to get into the holiday spirit.
Gingerbread lattes are great for serving when you have friends and family over for the holidays.
Check out my gingerbread latte recipe here. It makes for an excellent winter warmer, or a nice treat after dinner.
It’s super easy to make and is ready in 10 minutes or less! It’s simple to make with a few cupboard staples and goes with any dairy-free milk of choice (it’s super tasty with oat milk and soy milk!).
As part of the recipe I have included how to make your own gingerbread syrup spice that you can store for use in multiple lattes. Keep it in a bottle in the fridge and enjoy for up to two weeks!
The flavor of a pistachio latte is so comforting, making it a great latte for the colder months. Enjoy a super creamy pistachio latte any time of the day!
It’s really easy to make a vegan pistachio latte also, by just switching out a few of the ingredients.
Check out my recipe for a pistachio latte here, along with an easy vegan alternative.
Smoky Butterscotch Latte
There is something so decadent about the flavor of smoky butterscotch. It’s sweet and nostalgic tasting, reminding us of eating butterscotch in our childhood.
Combine the tasty smoky butterscotch sauce with coffee with my easy smoky butterscotch latte recipe.
This is a great recipe to serve to guests as an after-meal treat or to enjoy alone for a sweet break. It’s a great latte flavor for those with a sweet-tooth who enjoy their coffee with some extra decadence.
French Toast Latte
Step up your breakfast time latte game by trying out an unusual but awesome latte flavor – French toast!
It’s super yummy and puts a spin on a classic latte, making perfect to enjoy with French toast itself.
If you haven’t tried this latte before then you are seriously missing out – it’s sweet and delicious with a distinctive taste. Once you have had one cup you’ll definitely be reaching for seconds!
Full of yummy spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, a French toast latte is a match made in heaven with breakfast foods.
Try it as an accompaniment to waffles, pancakes and French toast itself. Enjoy!
Cinnamon is a classic latte flavor for a reason – it pairs so well with creamy dairy free milks and the flavor of coffee for a rounded and tasty beverage.
It’s a great latte for the holidays as cinnamon is a spice often used in festive cooking. Serve cinnamon lattes to your family and friends around the holidays for a fun festive treat.
And here’s the great news – cinnamon lattes are super simple to make!
Here’s a quick recipe:
- Prepare a shot of espresso.
- Heat 1 cup (250ml) of milk of your choice.
- Combine the espresso and hot milk and stir well.
- Add a shot of cinnamon syrup.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the latte for a nice finish.
Drink right away and enjoy!
Chai lattes are a coffee shop staple around the world thanks to their delicious blend of spices and creamy milk.
You can use any kind of milk for a chai latte, and add to the flavor to suit your taste.
It’s easy to buy pre-made chai spices to add to lattes as flavoring, or buy chai latte syrups to drizzle in.
The simple breakdown of the spices added to milk to make a chai latte are as follows: ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and star anise. Some recipes also include fennel, nutmeg, pepper and coriander.
When combined with a warm milk of your choice these spices transform the beverage into an aromatic treat that’s oh-so comforting.
If you haven’t tried a chai latte before then you are seriously missing out!
Caramel and coffee are a match made in heaven – the creamy sweetness of caramel perfectly balances the strong bitter flavors of coffee. Combining those flavors with a milk of your choice makes for a classic latte loved by many.
It’s super simple to make as well! Adding caramel into your latte to spice it up can be done in seconds.
Here’s a quick recipe to guide you:
- Prepare a shot of espresso and set it to one side.
- Warm 1 cup (250ml) of the milk of your choice on the stove or in the microwave until hot.
- Combine the espresso and milk.
- Add a shot of caramel flavored latte syrup into the mix and stir
- Serve in a big mug and enjoy the tasty flavor of a caramel latte!
Adding turmeric into lattes is another classic way to spice up (literally!) a simple coffee beverage.
You can either make an easy homemade turmeric syrup or stir a teaspoon of turmeric into your milk as it heats up.
Here’s how to make a super simple turmeric latte at home:
- Prepare a shot of espresso and set it aside.
- Heat 1 cup (250ml) of the milk of your choice on the stove and slowly stir in half a teaspoon to a full teaspoon (depending on how strong you would like the turmeric flavor to be) into the milk until well blended.
- Combine the espresso and the milk and add sugar to taste.
Serve and enjoy!
Matcha is loved around the world for its unique flavor. Heralding from Japan Matcha is a tasty and very healthy powdered green tea that adds a distinctive flavor to any beverage. When sweetened and added to lattes it’s particularly delicious.
Here’s how to make a simple Matcha latte:
- Add a tablespoon of matcha to a pot and pour 2oz (60ml) of boiling water onto it. Stir until it becomes smooth.
- Then add 1 cup (250ml) of hot milk of your choice and combine.
- Add sugar or simple syrup to taste and enjoy.
Vanilla is a classic latte flavor that’s popular in coffee shops.
Making or purchasing a vanilla syrup is easy, with many stores stocking vanilla coffee syrups in their coffee and tea aisles.
Adding a shot of vanilla syrup into your morning latte couldn’t be easier. Keep a bottle of this sweet treat in your coffee cupboard and add a splash whenever you feel the need to level up your lattes.
It also goes great in iced lattes for a refreshingly sweet flavor that’s ideal for the summer months. Why not try making a vanilla iced coffee float with a shot of vanilla syrup and a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream to float on top of your latte!
Sweet Potato Latte
Sweet potato lattes are a popular Korean latte flavor made with Asian sweet potatoes. Asian sweet potatoes are much sweeter than their western counterparts, making them an ideal ingredient for many desserts and sweet drinks.
If you haven’t tried a Korean style sweet potato latte then you are seriously missing out!
Here’s how to make this delicious drink:
- Steam and skin one small Asian sweet potato and add it to a blender.
- Pour in 1 cup (250ml) of hot milk of your choice and one shot of espresso and blend.
- Pour the mixture into a pan to slowly cook through for a minute or so on medium heat to ensure all of the ingredients are smooth and combined.
- Add sugar or a simple syrup to taste.
- Finish the latte with a pinch of cinnamon and serve.
Iced Coconut Latte
Coconut makes for a delicious latte flavor that is even tastier when served iced. Making a refreshing tropical iced latte with coconut milk is super simple and always a hit on warm summer afternoons.
Here’s how to make an easy iced coconut latte:
- Prepare a shot of espresso and pour over ice to rapidly chill. Strain and set to one side.
- In a cocktail shaker pour in 1 cup (250ml) of barista style coconut milk and the chilled espresso.
- Shake the ingredients together and add sugar to taste.
- Stain and serve in a tall glass.
White Chocolate Latte
Use the decadent flavor of white chocolate to step up your latte game in the chilly months.
White chocolate coffee sauces and syrups are super popular and really easy to get your hands on. Check out the coffee aisle of your local store (or the bakery aisle) the next time you do your food shopping and add these tasty treats to your basket.
Simply add a shot of white chocolate sauce or syrup to your warm latte and stir for a chocolatey treat!
Hazelnut and coffee are two flavors that go really well together which makes it unsurprising that hazelnut lattes are a coffee shop menu staple.
It’s really easy to make a hazelnut latte at home – simply use hazelnut milk as your milk of choice when making your next latte and try the amazing combination for yourself! You could take it one step further and purchase a sweet hazelnut syrup for an extra nutty kick.
Chocolate and coffee go so well together, which is why mochas are a popular caffeinated drink around the world. Making a mocha latte puts a creamier spin on the classic mocha for an even more decadent beverage.
It’s super easy to make at home! Here’s how:
- Prepare a shot of espresso and set it to one side.
- In a pot on the stove combine two tablespoons of hot chocolate powder and 1 cup (250ml) of the milk of your choice and stir until well hot and combined.
- Add in your shot of espresso and mix.
- Try the mocha latte and decide whether you need to add extra sugar to taste.
- Pour into a big mug and serve whilst it’s still warm!
It’s also really easy to make an iced version of this recipe – simply pour the mocha latte over ice to rapidly chill, then strain into a tall glass. Enjoy as a sweet treat in the sun or serve to guests at a garden party as an after dinner dessert.