Make your own sweet and creamy iced caramel latte at home with just a few simple ingredients.
As we head into warmer weather, I’m more than ready to dust off all my favorite cold and frosty drink recipes. Hot chocolate can take a little break. It’s time for iced mochas, iced white chocolate mochas, and all the iced chai lattes we can drink.
Today let’s make another icy coffee house favorite, an iced caramel latte.
I posted my favorite (hot) caramel latte to the site last year, and this iced version is just as good. It’s sweet and creamy with plenty of caramel and coffee flavor.
While a true latte is made with espresso, for this homemade version, we’re going to use coffee (see the ingredient notes if you’d like to use espresso) since that’s what most people have available to them.
If you have a pot of coffee already brewed, you can make and be sipping a creamy, caramel-y iced latte in about 2 minutes.
Coffee: Use whatever coffee you have on hand, brewed strong if you want to really boost that coffee flavor. If you’d like to use a shot of espresso instead of coffee, just increase the milk in the recipe to 3/4 cup.
Milk: Starbucks uses 2% milk in their coffee drinks, but you can use any milk you’d like including non-dairy milks. The higher fat your milk, the creamier your drink will be.
Cream: Cream is optional, but I love adding a little splash of it for extra richness. Feel free to substitute a splash of half and half if that’s what you keep on hand. And you’ll definitely have some leftover heavy cream, so check out my post What to Do With Leftover Whipping Cream for storage tips and recipe ideas for the leftovers.
Caramel sauce: Use your favorite caramel sauce here. If caramel sauce isn’t something you keep stocked, pick some up the next time you’re at the store or make my quick shortcut caramel sauce.
How To Make an Iced Caramel Latte
- Pour hot coffee into a liquid measuring cup or any container with a lip for easy pouring. Stir in caramel sauce and sugar until completely dissolved. Add cold milk and optional heavy cream.
- Add ice to a 16-ounce cup and pour coffee mixture over the top of the ice.
- Top with whipped cream and more caramel sauce if desired, and enjoy!
Make it a Caramel Frappuccino
If you’d like to make a caramel frappuccino, make the latte recipe as written, but double the sugar and use a large heaping tablespoon of caramel sauce (blending with ice dilutes the sweetness and flavor so you want the drink a little extra sweet to start) and then add the coffee mixture to your blender with ice and blend until well-mixed and frosty.
Does an iced caramel latte have caffeine?
Yes. Unless you use decaf coffee to make your latte or ask for a decaf latte when ordering one, iced caramel lattes by default are caffeinated.
Can I make this with cold brew coffee?
Yes. But most caramel sauces dissolve better in warm liquid, so instead of mixing the sauce and sugar into hot coffee, heat 1/4 cup of the milk until it’s steaming and stir caramel sauce and sugar into the milk. Then add the rest of the milk and the cold brew and pour over ice.
Can I double the recipe?
Sure. The recipe can be scaled up with no changes needed. To double the recipe ingredients, hover over the serving size in the recipe card below or click if you’re on mobile, and slide the slider.
More Coffeehouse Faves
Iced Caramel Latte
- ½ cup strong coffee
- 1 heaping tablespoon caramel sauce plus optional more for topping
- 1 teaspoon (4g) granulated sugar or to taste
- ½ cup milk any percentage
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream optional
- 1½ cup ice
- Whipped cream optional for topping
- Pour hot coffee into a liquid measuring cup and stir in caramel sauce and sugar until completely dissolved. Add cold milk and optional heavy cream.
- Add ice to a 16-ounce cup and pour latte over the top of the ice.
- Top with whipped cream if desired, serve and enjoy!
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I made the caramel sauce and the latte and WOW! I’m so tired of making an iced coffee at home and it’s AWFUL! I’m so excited I finally have a recipe that I LOVE!! Thank you for sharing!!
So glad you enjoyed it, Chelsea!!