In this post, you will find out how to make a delicious and aesthetically pleasing latte at home.
This warm and cozy Honey Vanilla latte with cinnamon is pretty easy to make. Nevertheless, here you’ll find some useful recipe instructions that will take your DIY drink to the next level. I’ll teach you how to achieve this cool layered look so that you can enjoy your tasty latte’s appearance too.
In terms of calories, a serving of this Vanilla Honey Cinnamon Latte contains 190 kcal.
I love having this hot and flavorful drink when it’s cold outside and I want to treat myself with something yummy.
I don’t have it on a daily basis, so I’m not concerned about its calorie count. Nevertheless, you can lower the number of calories your homemade latte contains, but I’ll touch on that later, in the ingredients section.
Now, let’s continue on with the ingredients.
To make a Vanilla Honey Cinnamon Latte at home, you need the following ingredients:
- Espresso: 1 shot (a double or a single one).
Even though a latte is usually made with a single espresso shot, I prefer a better-pronounced espresso flavor, so I use a double (which is around 2 fl. oz. or 60 ml.).
If you don’t have an espresso machine, an alternative would be to use 2 fl. oz. or 60 milliliters of coffee brewed in a Moka pot (click the link to check out a Moka pot on Amazon).
Moka pot brew is strong, so it’s the most adequate espresso substitute for homemade lattes.
Of course, if you don’t have a Moka pot, feel free to use whatever coffee brewing device you have at hand. If your maker brews a weaker cup, use more ground beans in the making of your coffee to enhance it.
In other words, you should increase the coffee-to-water ratio. By doing so 2 to 3 ounces (60 ml. to 90 ml) of coffee brewed in a French press, Aeropress, or a drip coffee maker would be sufficient for one latte serving.
- Milk: 4 fl. oz. or 120 millilitres.
On this particular occasion, I used whole milk, but you can substitute it with a non-fat one, or any other plant-based alternative. Using unsweetened almond milk, or skim milk will significantly lower the number of calories your DIY latte contains.
On the other hand, you can use half-and-half to make your latte creamier and even more satisfying.
Nevertheless, this would make your beverage more calorie-dense. I wouldn’t mind that at all, as I rarely have this sort of delicious coffee treats, so I tend to enjoy them without thinking how much they’re going to affect my weight.
If you’re a fan of the Starbucks Oatmilk Honey Latte, you should definitely use oat milk, as it goes very well with this recipe. It compliments excellently the flavors of honey, vanilla, and cinnamon.
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This is the type of device that I use in the making of many homemade lattes and bulletproof coffee drinks. It’s very convenient, does a great job at both mixing and frothing beverages, and at the same time – it’s affordable.
So if you don’t have one, I recommend trying it out. I’m sure that once you have it, you’ll start using it every day.
- Cinnamon: 1 teaspoon.
I like adding a teaspoon of cinnamon to the milk before heating it.
This way the cinnamon flavor gets well-distributed throughout the liquid, which improves the taste of the Vanilla Honey Latte.
Nevertheless, it all comes down to personal preference, so you might want to gently sprinkle your drink with a dash of cinnamon after it’s already made and stir it.
You don’t have to throw in a whole teaspoon into the latte itself if you don’t want to. It’s just that over time, I’ve found that this preparation method suits my taste best.
- Honey: 1 tablespoon.
Actually, a teaspoon of honey would also be sufficient, especially if you’re used to having your coffee black and you rarely have this type of a sweet coffee drink.
Nevertheless, when making this type of beverage at home, I tend to go big. I make sure I use raw honey though, not pasteurized one, as the latter doesn’t bring that much flavor to my Vanilla Cinnamon Latte.
Furthermore, it’s processed, so it may have been stripped off of some of the beneficial substances raw honey contains.
To be fair, there isn’t a great difference between honey and white sugar when it comes to the way they affect our bodies. Nevertheless honey has a bit lower GI (Glycemic Index) and it does have more nutrients and healthy compounds.
If you want to find out more about honey and whether it’s a better alternative to sugar as an addition to coffee, check out this Woke Lark post. There you’ll find a comprehensive explanation based on scientific reports.
- Vanilla Syrup: 1 tablespoon.
I use this (Amazon link) Vanilla Syrup by Monin. I’m very happy with it, so I recommend trying it out if you like sweetening your hot and iced coffee and tea beverages with a vanilla-flavored sugar.
There are also flavored sugar-free syrups that are perfect if you want to lower your homemade Vanilla Honey latte’s calories as much as possible.
By clicking here you can find some great coffee syrups that contain close to zero calories per serving of 2 tablespoons.
Some of them are vanilla-flavored, so they fit this recipe well.
Still, if you want, you can use a few drops of vanilla extract instead of a syrup. Keep in mind, that if you do that, you’ll have to count on the honey to add sweetness to your drink.
In the following photo, you can find all of the recipe ingredients:
Vanilla Honey Cinnamon Latte: Recipe Instructions
To make a Vanilla Honey Cinnamon Latte, do the following:
- Pour the milk into a saucepan and add honey, cinnamon, and vanilla syrup.
- Stir and bring to a simmer.
- Pour into a decanter, mix and froth with a mixer or a whisk.
- Pour the frothed milk into a serving cup
- Gently pour the espresso on top. I like using a spoon and pour the espresso on top of it. This way the coffee flows on the spoon’s surface into the cup’s corner, making sure the espresso doesn’t mark the top milk foam layer. This way you’ll get to achieve a nice and clean layered beverage. That being said, even if you don’t use the spoon technique, your homemade latte will turn out very well in terms of its looks.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon on top.
Here’s a photo of the DIY Vanilla Honey Cinnamon Latte, served in a glass cup:
As I already mentioned, you can skip the part where I add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the milk, and simply sprinkle your latte with a bit of cinnamon on top. By doing so, the white component of your layered drink will be clearer and brighter. You can see that by checking out the following photo and compare it to the previous one:
What’s also worth noting is that the layered aesthetic of this warm Vanilla Honey latte, can’t be achieved if you pour the milk on top of the espresso. Here’s what your drink is going to look like if you add the milk last:
I hope that you liked my recipe and that you found my tips and ingredient recommendations useful.
Related: Iced Honey Vanilla Latte Recipe
- Espresso - double shot, around 2 fl. oz., 60 milliliters *
- Milk - 4 fl. oz., 120 milliliters
- Vanilla Syrup - 1 tablespoon*
- Honey - 1 tablespoon
- Ground Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon
*In case you don't have an espresso machine, feel free to use Moka pot coffee.
*Instead of Vanilla syrup, you can use Vanilla Extract (1 teaspoon).
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Now it’s time to make your own Vanilla Honey Latte with Cinnamon at home and treat yourself with something yummy.
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