This Easy Homemade Mocha Latte is a cosy chocolatey drink for the season. Espresso and rich mocha syrup are combined with steamed milk to make this amazing drink. And you don’t need to be a trained barista to make this drink.
Apart from my love for food, I also love my beverages. Sometimes I can’t decide whether to have coffee or hot chocolate so I combine the two giving me the classic Mocha. As I don’t own a coffee maker, I have perfected the art of making mine with a pan and a milk frother. And I will be sharing my tips for making this drink.
The subtle coffee flavour with rich chocolate is such a comforting drink to have. And with the holiday season near, this drink is one to add to the list.
Let's get into the making of this Mocha Latte
There are three parts to a Mocha: chocolate syrup, coffee and steamed milk. Shots of espresso go into a cup to which chocolate sauce or syrup and steamed milk are poured over. Some recipes use drinking chocolate, however this will be made with a homemade mocha syrup.
Coffee- You can use instant coffee or espresso powder.
Milk- You can use any kind of milk for this latte. Semi-skimmed milk, almond milk and oat milk are some of my favourites.
Homemade Mocha Syrup- Made with dark 70% dark chocolate, cocoa, sugar and coffee. This syrup is rich and chocolatey.
Toppings- Whipped cream, marshmallows and chocolate shavings. These are optional, however I definitely recommend them.
How to make this rich creamy mocha latte
Making this mocha is rather simple. Start off by making the mocha syrup. You can use the store bought syrup or sauce, but trust me this homemade version is so much better.
In a saucepan stir together chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar and brewed coffee . I always advise to use chocolate you enjoy eating. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the chocolate has melted. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer until the syrup has thickened. Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Transfer to a jar and then leave to cool before using
Now the chocolate syrup has been made, let’s put together the drink.
Heat your milk until it is scalding or 150 degrees Fahrenheit. I use a food thermometer to ensure the milk is the right temperature. Place the milk in a heat safe jug and hold at an angle and turn on the frother. Move up and down until foamy bubbles form. This takes about 30 seconds.
Grab yourself a mug, to that add instant coffee or espresso powder and hot water. Mix until coffee has dissolved and then add in a couple tablespoons of mocha syrup and finally pour over your steamed milk.
There you have it, an easy homemade mocha latte. Sprinkle over chocolate shavings and marshmallows if desired.
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Easy Homemade Mocha Latte
- Glass Jug
- Milk frother
Homemade Mocha Syrup
- 50 grams (¼ cup) cocoa powder
- 50 grams (1.76 oz) 70% dark chocolate, chopped
- 200 grams (1 cup) sugar
- 240 ml (1 cup) hot water
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee or espresso powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 240 ml (1 cup) milk
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee or espresso powder
- 60 ml (¼ cup) hot water
- 2 tablespoons mocha syrup
- Mix espresso powder or instant coffee with 240 ml of hot water . Stir until the coffee has dissolved. In a pan stir together cocoa powder, chocolate chunks, sugar and coffee.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the chocolate has melted. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 10 minute or until the sauce has reduced, stirring frequently,
- Remove pan from heat then stir in vanilla extract. Leave to cool for 30 minutes before using. Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
To make the Mocha Latte
- Place the milk in a saucepan and heat it until scalding or 150°F. Place the milk in a glass jug and hold it to an angle and turn on the frother. Move the frother up and down until foamy bubbles form. This takes about 20-30 seconds.
- Brew the espresso or strong coffee. Pour into a mug and mix in mocha syrup.
- Pour the frothed milk into the coffee. If desired, garnish with chocolate shavings.