Iced Coconut Milk Latte Recipe
Sipping your way through an iced coconut milk latte is a great idea for so many reasons. Vegan? Yes. Is lactose-free? Yes. Delicious coconut flavour? Of course! There are even some health benefits you may not be aware of.
We’ve created an easy recipe you can follow at home, with some suggestions to make it fancier when you want. You might have seen a version of the drink at your local Starbucks, but you don’t need to be a barista to whip this up.
WHAT YOU NEED
- 2 shots of espresso
- 1 cup coconut milk
- Sweetener of your choice (optional)
- Ice cubes
- Tall glass
AT A GLANCE
5 mins plus cooling time
Let’s talk about coconut milk. In years past, this was generally only available in a can, as people primarily used it for cooking. But as people look for more dairy alternatives, you can now find coconut milk made especially for drinks, including coffee.
coconut milk may be a better option for those looking for those stiff peaks of creamy froth, as coconut milk has a higher fat content than other milk alternatives.
Don’t let the fat content put you off choosing coconut milk for your latte. It does, of course, add calories, but it’s also said to have health benefits, including aiding with weight loss (1). If you don’t like milky drinks, even coconut oil in coffee will give you the same great benefits.
How to Make an Iced Coconut Milk Latte
Let’s see all the steps now – they’re super-easy.
1. Make your coffee
Pull your espresso shots as normal and set the coffee aside to cool. This will stop the coconut milk from curdling when it comes in contact with the hot coffee (2). An alternative is to make this drink with cold brew – which is also a great option if you don’t have an espresso machine.
Top tip: Try using coffee with caramel or nutty notes that will complement the flavour of the coconut.
2. Add your extras
We recommend stirring this into the espresso directly if you want to add any extras such as honey or vanilla. This will ensure it’s fully dissolved. The only exception is anything you want to sprinkle on top, such as cinnamon.
Top tip: Granulated sugar is slow to dissolve in cold liquids, so if you’re using cold brew and table sugar for this recipe, try making a simple syrup first (3).
3. Combine and serve
Add your ice cubes to the glass, then pour in the coffee, followed by the cup of coconut milk. You can either stir to combine or leave it in layers for a nice visual effect. Make sure you drink it before the ice cubes melt and dilute your coffee to really enjoy the flavour.
Top tip: To elevate your coffee to a delicious cafe experience, try rimming your glass with maple syrup and toasted coconut.
If you’re not into coconut-flavoured things, this drink is probably not for you, but there are plenty of other delicious iced coffee recipes to discover.
Whether you’re looking for a dairy free alternative to an iced latte, or you just love the taste of creamy coconut, give this drink a shot. It’s easy to make at home and can be flavoured with extra ingredients for a special occasion.
You can make a coconut iced coffee Starbucks style by following the recipe above and adding a cascara sugar topping (4). In store, Starbucks uses what they call coconut milk, which is a mix of ingredients including coconut cream, coconut water, sugar, and stabilisers.
The calories in a coconut milk iced latte will depend on the ingredients you use, especially when it comes to any added sweetener. Different brands of coconut milk will also vary in their fat and calorie content.
There is around 63mg of caffeine in a 1 oz shot of espresso (5). Keep in mind that many drinks start with a double shot, which will mean twice the caffeine.
- Spritzler, F. (2018, December 11). Coconut milk: Health benefits and uses. Healthline. Retrieved September 10, 2021, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coconut-milk
- Riddle, H. (2021, May 12). Do this to prevent the plant milk from curdling in your coffee. Mashed.com. Retrieved September 10, 2021, from https://www.mashed.com/408471/do-this-to-prevent-the-plant-milk-from-curdling-in-your-coffee/
- Graham, C. (n.d.). Sweeten your drinks with homemade simple syrup. The Spruce Eats. Retrieved September 10, 2021, from https://www.thespruceeats.com/how-to-make-simple-syrup-760330
- Iced Coconutmilk Cascara Latte. Starbucks Coffee Company. (n.d.). Retrieved September 10, 2021, from https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/2123162/iced
- Roberts, C. (2021, June 13). Is there more caffeine in espresso than In coffee? Consumer Reports. Retrieved September 10, 2021, from https://www.consumerreports.org/coffee/is-there-more-caffeine-in-espresso-than-in-coffee-a4556213289/