Amaretto Latte Recipe
Coffee and nuts go together like peanut butter and jelly. (Hey, one of those is a nut too!)
But there are only so many cups of hazelnut coffee you can drink before your taste buds start screaming, “enough!”
If that’s you – a nutty-coffee lover who’s tired of hazelnut – we’ve got the solution:
The Amaretto Supreme Latte.
Sweet and creamy as any latte should be, this drink throws in the almond-y goodness of amaretto syrup, taking a classic coffee beverage to a new level of awesome.
This Amaretto Latte recipe is one to go nuts over.
Amaretto Supreme Latte
Sweet and creamy as any latte should be, this drink takes a classic beverage to a new level of awesome.This Amaretto Latte recipe is one to go nuts over.
Pull the two espresso shots.
Add the amaretto syrup to the espresso.
Optional: Add the vanilla syrup and stir.
Steam the milk. Then pour it into the mug and stir lightly.
Add whipped cream on top, and sprinkle flaked almonds.
How to Make an Amaretto Supreme Latte
This one is really easy to pull together. Just keep in mind that you’ll need a steam wand on an espresso machine (such as on these Breville machines), or something like the Epica Automatic Electric Milk Frother to help steam the milk. (More on milk steaming below the recipe.)
What You'll Need
- Pull the two espresso shots.
- Add the amaretto syrup to the espresso.
- Add the vanilla syrup. (Optional)
- Stir. Set aside.
- Steam the milk.
- Pour the steamed milk into your mug and stir lightly.
- Add whipped cream on top.
- Sprinkle flaked almonds over whipped cream as a garnish. (Optional)
- If you’re still early in your espresso learning curve, here’s a nifty article that clears up all you need to know about espresso shots.
- Do not over-stir the steamed milk in the latte!
- If you’re interested in making this one, but can’t get your hands on an espresso maker, here are some alternatives for making espresso without a machine. Just be warned that the taste may be slightly different compared to “real” espresso shots.
What is an Amaretto Liqueur?
Amaretto, Italian for “a little bitter”, is a liqueur that is both sweet and (usually) almond flavored. Its base consists primarily of either apricot pits or almonds, or both!
Originally made in Saronno, Italy, the concoction is still relatively new to places like the U.S. (where it didn’t arrive until the 1960s). Nevertheless, it is an extremely popular cordial and is often mixed in drinks such as coffee.
Monin’s amaretto syrup, in particular, is both sweet and a tad bitter, with a strong almond taste that will definitely make its mark on your culinary memory.
How to Steam Milk
Steaming milk helps to create a distinct texture and flavor that is a signature part of many coffee drinks.
The process of steaming milk (which is different from foaming milk) is done by using pressurized steam to heat the milk and develop that velvety, silky texture.
This process breaks down the fat in the milk, heats the sugars, and creates uniform air bubbles, known as “microfoam.”
The video below is a nice visual demonstration of how to steam milk.
Make Your Own Whipped Cream
Another thing to consider, and something that takes any drink to the next level, is making your own whipped cream.
First let’s just state that whipped cream in a can is sufficient as a garnish – and let’s be real here, much more convenient!
But if you’re looking to WOW guests with the look and the taste of your drink, whipping up your own whipped cream (literally) can be a great way to show them that you’re serious about your coffee… and your culinary presentation.
There you have it: an easy way to turn that plain old latte into a new drink that can make any nutty-coffee lover happy.
If you tried the recipe, comment with your thoughts, experiences, and any changes or variations you might have tried. We’d love to hear about it!