Maple Latte

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My Maple Latte is incredibly easy to make…and delicious too! Using minimal ingredients that you likely already have, you can learn how to make a maple latte at home. I’m also sharing my favorite methods for frothing milk at home, no fancy equipment required. 

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Maple Latte

I’ve been on a total maple kick recently! Between my maple almond granola, cranberry maple bread pudding, maple bacon ice cream, maple pie, and maple whipped cream, I’ve got a recipe for every season and occasion!!

Plus, they all come together with pure, natural maple syrup. None of the artificial stuff here guys!! 

After looking through my maple-themed recipe box, I realized that I never shared my maple latte with you all.

It’s one of those recipes that’s so easy to make that it’s almost second nature at this point! 

Well, I finally took the time to write it all down so that you guys can make a maple syrup latte too.

Whip this up for a fun weekend or holiday brunch, or just when you’ve got a case of the Mondays. It’ll make any morning a good morning!

ingredients for maple latte recipe

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Coffee – You can use espresso or strongly brewed coffee for your latte.

    Honestly, you can make this with any type of coffee as long as it’s strong enough to not be overpowered by the other ingredients!

I love espresso for its bold, rich flavor, but a good-quality strong coffee works well too.

  • Maple Syrup – Opt for Grade A pure maple syrup instead of pancake syrup for this one!

    The flavor is the most authentic and boasts the perfect balance of sweetness — the perfect complement to the coffee.
  • Whole Milk – I like whole milk best because it froths up really nicely thanks to the added fat. It also has a creamy flavor that you just don’t find with other kinds of milk!

That said, you can make a maple syrup latte with your personal favorite. Just keep in mind that your choice will affect the taste and texture.

  • Toppings – I top my latte with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg! 

The extra garnish is optional, but I find that the spices in particular enhance the maple and coffee flavors.

combining maple syrup and espresso in a glass measuring cup

How to Make a Maple Latte 

  • Choose quality ingredients.

You don’t need much to make a maple latte, so quality is key!

Start with a good-quality espresso or strong coffee as your base — freshly ground coffee beans always have the best flavor. Then, opt for Grade A pure maple syrup. 

The pure stuff has a much richer taste compared to pancake syrup. Save that for a stack of flapjacks!

  •  Start out slow with the syrup.

I love the way the sweetness in the maple syrup balances out the strong, bitter flavor in the espresso or coffee. 

That said, it’s important to work slowly to determine exactly how much you’ll need. Not every sweet tooth is created equal, after all!

Start with 1 tablespoon of syrup per serving and adjust according to your taste preferences!

  • Whole milk will give you the best results.

As mentioned, I use whole milk to create the thickest, creamiest foam. 

You could also use 2% milk if you prefer — non-dairy milks vary widely in how well they froth.

If you do want to use almond, soy, or oat milk instead, try to find “barista” versions, as they will usually froth better!

heating milk in a small saucepan

How to Froth Milk at Home

There are a few different ways to froth milk without an espresso machine, so there’s no excuse not to try this maple latte recipe at home! 

Manual Milk Frother

A manual frother is an inexpensive tool that’s super easy to use! It features a plunger that you move up and down to aerate the milk, resulting in a fluffy foam. 


This method requires some elbow grease and time… but it is possible to use a handheld whisk to froth your milk!

Place in a saucepan and heat gently over medium. Once it’s warm (not boiling!), use a whisk to froth the milk by vigorously whisking back and forth.

Jar Shake Method

This one also needs a bit of effort, but it’s a lot easier (and faster!) than whisking by hand. 

Pour warm milk into a jar — don’t fill it more than halfway to leave room for the foam to expand.

Screw the lid on tight and shake vigorously for 30-60 seconds or until the milk is frothy and has doubled in volume.

Use oven mitts or hot pads, as the jar will be hot to the touch!

pouring frothed milk into glass mug

Tips and Tricks for Frothing Milk

  • The milk should be warm, not boiling. For optimal frothing, aim for around 150°F-155°F.
  • If you use your microwave, heat in 30-second bursts and stir in between each one to avoid it boiling over or hot spots from forming.
  • If you do have an espresso machine, steam wand, or milk frother at home, you can use it to heat the milk.
  • To double this maple latte recipe, you’ll need to heat the milk for longer. For example, heat for about 8 minutes if making 2 lattes at once.

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Espresso Machine – This is the one I have, but you can find more affordable alternatives. Or, use a Coffee Maker!
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons – You may be tempted to eyeball the amounts, but I recommend using the proper tools so it comes out just right.
  • 4 Quart Saucepan – To heat the milk.

Serving Suggestions 

I always serve hot drinks in my favorite coffee mug — it’s the little things!

Top it with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and homemade whipped cream, or double up on the maple flavor and use maple whipped cream instead. 

A scoop of vanilla ice cream would make this similar to an affogato, or you could simply enjoy it plain for an elevated version of your morning coffee. 

Maple Syrup Latte FAQ

What does a maple latte taste like?

I find that my maple latte recipe boasts a sweet and almost earthy flavor thanks to the pure maple syrup! 

The natural sweetness balances out the bitterness in the coffee and the combination is just out of this world tasty. When you put the two together, the flavors aren’t overpowering at all — rather, they complement each other!

Can I make this maple latte recipe without an espresso machine?

Yes, you can still make a delicious maple syrup latte even if you don’t have an espresso machine. All you’ll have to do is use strongly brewed coffee or instant espresso instead.

Can I serve my maple latte iced?

Absolutely! What a fun update on iced coffee, right?! Cool the espresso or coffee and mix with maple syrup and cold milk. 

It would be extra tasty with some ice cream and whipped cream on top too.

2 mugs of maple late recipe on a wood board with cinnamon sticks

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maple latte in a glass mug with whipped cream

Maple Latte

Donna Elick
Whip up a Maple Latte at home and you’ll never have to run out to the coffee shop again! Sweet, earthy, and full of bold coffee flavor!
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 1


  • 1 shot of espresso or ¾ cup strongly brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, Grade A
  • 3/4 cup whole milk

Topping (optional):


  • Brew espresso or coffee and place into your serving cup. Add the maple syrup and stir until it is mixed well.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until small bubbles form around the edges. This should take about 3-4 minutes.
  • Use a whisk or milk frother to create a light foam until the milk is smooth and frothy.
  • Slowly pour the frothed milk into your cup with the espresso and maple syrup.
  • Top with whipped cream if desired, and sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg for an extra touch of warmth and spice. Enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

If you have an espresso machine, steam wand, or milk frother, you can use it to heat the milk.
You can also place the heated milk into a jar with a lid and shake to create frothy milk. Just be careful and use hot pads since the jar will get hot quickly.
If you are doubling the recipe, you will need to heat the milk longer. For 2, heat for about 8 minutes.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 164cal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 71mg | Sugar: 21g | Calcium: 247mg | Iron: 0.02mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published May 2024

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  1. 5 stars
    This maple latte is fantastic! So easy to make and tastes just like the coffee shop version.

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