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Caramel Apple Latte Recipe (Starbucks copycat)

Heavy whipped cream tossed with diced apples and a couple shots of espresso makes this deliciously appetizing Caramel Apple Latte the perfect treat for warm summer nights.

Taking a cue from the old-time cold-wicking brew, Caramel Apple Lattes are a beautiful blending of spice and sweetness. 

Not to mention being infused with a few shots of espresso and topped with heaping chunks of Gala apples for good measure.

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A caramel apple latte on a checkered napkin.

When to Serve Apple Lattes

  • Late summer nights
  • Fall weather
  • Girl's night in
  • Lazy Sunday mornings

Who says you need to take a trek to Starbucks in order to get your gourmet coffee fix?

Save your bucks, because after trying out this hot or cold apple latte, you'll want to ditch the extra bill for good. 

The boldness of the espresso bean comes alive just after the third sip.

And adding the froth milk to tone it down a bit, this is the perfect pick-me-up to get you started on those mornings that you'd rather not be bothered.

Just like your favorite pumpkin spice latte, these caramel fall lattes have amazing fall flavors.

Ingredients Needed

Looking for the simple ingredients to give these a try?

Get more info on the quantities at the bottom of the post.

Here's what you'll need:


Ingredients needed to make Caramel Apple Lattes.

How to Make Caramel Apple Lattes

  1. Place 1 teapsoon organic sugar and warm apple cider or juice in the cup. Stir well.
  2. Brew two shots of espresso. Add in two shots of espresso.
  3. Froth the milk. Add the froth to the drink.
  4. Top with whipped topping.
  5. Drizzle with caramel syrup.
  6. Top with apple pieces.


These drinks are best served when you first make them. We don't recommend storing them for later.

A garnished caramel apple latte.

Is A Caramel Apple Latte Sweet? 

A homemade caramel latte is certainly sweet and our recipe is super easy to make at home too.

You can control how sweet you make your latte by what you add to it as well. 

Apple Juice Or Apple Cider- Which One To Pick? 

Interestingly enough, there's only a slight difference between apple juice and apple cider.

Apple cider is a raw form of apple juice. Think of apple cider being part one and apple juice being part two during an extraction system.

Both creations go through the process of taking fresh apples and extracting the juice into a container.

However, the next step is where they divide.

Apple juice is formed once all the pulp, sediment and other natural particulars are filtered out.

This typically leaves a bright, somewhat clear drink that can then be bottled up and left in the pantry for months.

Apple cider, on the other hand, does not go through that detailed of a filtration process.

Instead, on most store shelves you will see apple cider with a cloudy appearance because most of the pulp and natural particulars are still intact. 

Because of the natural state apple cider is left in, it cannot hang out in the pantry for extended periods of time and must be consumed within weeks of opening.

Apples- Which Ones To Choose

Gala apples were used to make these Caramel Apple Spice Starbucks Copycat Drinks.

Gala apples give this drink its spicy-sweet flavor.

This 'spiciness' layers well with the distinct taste of the cider, giving the drink a well rounded crispness beneath the sugary layers.

Should you not have any Galas nearby, you can also use Empire or Cortland apples.

Gala, Empire, and Cortland apples also all have high Vitamin C counts too, which is what makes them a go-to choice for alleviating colds and the flu. 

A cutting board with apples and a knife.

Caramel Apple Latte Mason Jars Are Easy To Pair With

  • Cinnamon focused desserts
  • Roasted Hams
  • Cheeses such as Havarti, Blue-veined, Brie, and Manchego
  • Oven roasted chicken breasts
  • A large slice of apple pie

Is Caramel Apple Spice Seasonal? 

While this flavoring can be seasonal in some locations, it's easy enough to stock up on so you can make these Caramel Apple Spice Lattes all year round when you have the craving!

What Is A Caramel Latte Made Of? 

A Caramel Spice Latte is made by mixing espresso with caramel syrup and adding hot, steaming milk on top. 

How Many Calories Are In A Caramel Apple Cider From Starbucks? 

If you look at the nutritional information at Starbucks, you'll see their drink has about 290 calories.

We think that using our own recipe and making it at home not only saves you money but will save you some calories as well. 

A Mason Jar Caramel Apple Latte in the making.

Tips and Variations

  • Amp up the cinnamon flavor by adding a cinnamon stick.
  • Instead of apple juice, add some hot apple cider and enjoy your latte with frothy milk. 
  • Enjoy some apple muffins with some apple butter while sipping on your copycat Caramel Apple Spice Starbucks drink.
  • Add a fun spin and take down up the caffeine by adding a double shot of espresso.
  • Make this an iced caramel apple latte by adding some ice cubes. 
  • Use your favorite strong brewed coffee or a lighter morning brew. 
  • Change up the foamy milk by using oat milk, almond milk or even soy milk while still enjoying the flavors of fall in your hot latte.
  • Add some apple crisp syrup to the drink to really jazz it up.
Closley looking at the whipped topping and apples on a latte.

Other Drink Recipes To Try Out

Other Starbucks Copycat Drink Recipes To Make At Home

A jar of Caramel Apple Latte.

Caramel Apple Latte Mason Jars

Heavy whipped cream tossed with diced apples and a couple shots of espresso makes this deliciously appetizing Caramel Apple Latte Mason Jars perfect treat for warm summer nights.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Apple Latte
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Mason Jar Recipe


  • 1 teaspoon Organic sugar
  • 2 shots Espresso
  • ½ cup Warm apple juice or cider
  • ½ cup Froth milk


  • Whipped cream
  • Apple pieces
  • Caramel syrup


  • Place 1 teapsoon organic sugar and warm apple cider or juice in the cup. Stir well.
  • Brew two shots of espresso. Add in two shots of espresso.
  • Froth the milk. Add the froth to the drink.
  • Top with whipped topping.
  • Drizzle with caramel syrup.
  • Top with apple pieces.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Mason Jar Recipe” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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