Forget about line-ups and the skyrocketing cost of coffee-chain drinks with this homemade iced vanilla latte! Hazy summer days just got so much better.
We’re big coffee fans here at BAKED and one of our favourite things to drink is cold brew coffee. Essentially coffee brewed with cold water over a long period of time, cold brew can be the base for so many delicious coffee drinks – like this iced vanilla latte. Make a batch, along with this recipe for homemade vanilla syrup, and you’ll be sipping fancy cold coffee drinks on your patio in no time!
Keep in mind, you need about 24 hours to make cold brew coffee. Also, the syrup takes less than 10 minutes to make, however, cooling time is a factor so plan accordingly.
Use the JUMP TO RECIPE button at the top, or scroll to the bottom of the post to see the printable recipe card with full ingredient measurements and complete instructions.
- cold brew coffee
- homemade vanilla simple syrup
- milk of choice
- cinnamon, cocoa powder, or vanilla bean powder for garnish (optional)
Fill a glass with ice. Add the cold brew coffee and vanilla simple syrup.
Froth the milk. Use an electric frother or handheld frother if you have one. If you don’t own a milk frother, shake the milk in a tightly-sealed mason jar until bubbles appear.
Pour the milk into the glass of coffee and syrup and top with foam. Serve and enjoy.
Tips & Notes
A latte is a coffee drink traditionally made with espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk. Where a latte leans in heavier on the milk with a lighter layer of foam, a cappuccino has equal amounts espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk. A flat white, on the other hand, has a higher coffee to steamed milk ratio, making it a very coffee-forward drink. Adjust your coffee to milk ratio to suit your preference.
Depending on the type of milk you use, it may not foam. Traditional dairy will foam a little as well as some plant-based milks. No foam, no worries! The latte will still be delicious.
We own a slightly older version of this frother and love it because you can froth milk hot or cold.
If you don’t have time to make cold brew, substitute espresso or strongly brewed coffee. If using espresso, mix a double shot (2 oz) with 6 oz of your milk of choice. For espresso or regular brewed coffee cool it quickly over ice to retain flavour.
You can sweeten your iced vanilla latte with sugar – just add it to the milk before frothing – however, it may not dissolve completely.
If you don’t have vanilla, you can sweeten your iced latte with plain simple syrup (1:1 sugar and water). Cinnamon simple syrup, or even maple syrup or honey would also be nice!
Use store-bought flavoured syrups to save time.
Tasty Treats To Enjoy With An Iced Latte
Iced Vanilla Latte
- Electric frother or air tight jar
- Measuring cups and spoons
- ¼ cup brew coffee, cold, see notes
- 1 teaspoon vanilla syrup, or more or less to taste
- ¼ -½ cup milk, or more or less to taste (see notes)
- 1 pinch cinnamon, optional, cocoa powder, or vanilla bean powder to taste
- In a glass filled with ice, add the cold brew, vanilla simple syrup.
- Froth milk in an electric frother, with a handheld frother, or, in the absence of a frother add milk to a tightly-sealed mason jar and shake vigorously until bubbles appear. Pour milk and foam into the glass (see notes).