Mint is a contentious flavour. For every individual who enjoys mint, there is someone who despises it, stating that it makes everything taste like toothpaste. We understand the mint sceptics’ concerns, but we happen to enjoy mint, especially in coffee. Many coffee shops now provide mint-flavored lattes, but buying speciality beverages can get pricey quickly, so we decided to make our own mint latte at home. .
In this article, we’ll show you how to make a simple mint syrup that you can use to enhance any coffee cup. Then we’ll share our favourite mint latte concoction. It’s a very simple recipe with few ingredients. Let’s get this party started!
Mint Simple Syrup
You’ll need to make some mint simple syrup before you can make a creamy mint coffee. Mint simple syrup requires only three ingredients: sugar, water, and mint leaves (or mint extract).
- 1 cup water
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 cup mint leaves (or ¼ teaspoon of mint extract)
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring the water and sugar to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and add the mint leaves or mint extract. Simmer for 2 minutes on low heat. Turn off the heat.
If you’re using mint leaves, soak them in the liquid for around 10-15 minutes before filtering them out.
You’re ready to brew a mint latte now that you’ve got your mint simple syrup. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can substitute strong coffee for the espresso in our recipe.
If you want to achieve as near to coffee shop quality as possible, you’ll also need milk and a foaming wand. We’ll use ordinary milk, but almond milk or oat milk also work nicely in this recipe.
- 2 shots (2 ounces) espresso
- 6 ounces milk
- 1-2 tablespoons of mint simple syrup
- Espresso machine
- Steam wand or milk frother
- Latte glass
Make a double espresso shot. You can use any coffee at any roast level, but we recommend medium to medium-dark roasts for this latte.While the espresso is brewing, heat the milk to roughly 160°F. Froth the milk with a steam wand until it has a thin layer of microfoam. Lattes normally have less microfoam than cappuccinos, however this can be adjusted to your preference.Stir in 1-2 tablespoons mint simple syrup to the double shot of espresso.
Pour the milk over the latte now. You can either whisk the drink again for a smooth, even texture or leave it mottled (although it will be mostly mixed regardless).
Iced Mint Latte
One appealing aspect of this recipe is how simple it is to prepare an iced version. Pour 12 cup of ice into a glass and slowly pour the espresso over it. As you finish pouring the espresso, the ice should be completely melted. The rest of the processes are the same as in the hot recipe.
A blended mint latte is a fun take on the iced latte. In a blender, add 34-1 cup of ice with the remaining ingredients. Make an iced mint latte with a rough texture using the blender. This version lasts far longer than the traditional iced mint latte and is ideal for hot summer days.
This recipe is one of our favorites and is fun to share with your mint-loving friends. Mint simple syrup is a breeze to make, and this recipe makes enough for about 12 mint lattes. You can store the simple syrup in your refrigerator for up to 3 weeks before you should discard it and make a new batch.
The iced and blended mint lattes are great alternatives for days when a hot latte doesn’t sound appealing or when you feel the need to change things up. All three versions are packed with minty goodness and sure to please even the most diehard mint lovers.
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