Iced latte: Measuring your Drink
Iced lattes are very easy to make, considering how delicious they are. All you need is some sort of graduated measuring cup or spoons and the basic ingredients. Here I’ve taken it step-by-step to show you how and also give you the proper proportions of a good iced latte, and it begins with measuring properly.
We all are different in how we make our things. Some of us tend to follow recipes exactly, and some of us tend to sort of just throw things together. Personally, I am one of those “throw it together” kind of people except when it comes to making my lattes.
I suppose it is mainly because there isn’t much I dislike more than getting in the car in the morning and taking the first sip of my latte and discovering it is too sweet or not sweet enough. Lattes are one of those things that really benefit from proper measuring.
Iced lattes are easy enough where you can get away with even just using a tablespoon measure. Each tablespoon is approximately a half-ounce.
Ideally, your cup will be either a 12oz, 16oz, 20oz or 24oz to be in keeping with the proportions/recipes that I have listed below. These are the standard sizes, though you can adjust the recipes for the cup size that you have and of course to accommodate your particular tastes.
- Measure the Toddy and allow for 3 tablespoons of Toddy (approx. 1.5 fl oz) per shot. Add the correct amount for your desired number of shots into the cup (further instructions on the proper ingredient proportions are below).
- Measure and add your syrups. Each tablespoon of syrup or flavoring is a half-ounce, so be careful. Chocolate and caramel sauces tend to be difficult since they are a bit sticky, but I just measure them last and then use that spoon to stir up the drink.
- Add some milk to approximately 1/3-1/2 of your cup size. Eyeballing here is OK since we will top off later.
- Stir stir stir! Make sure all syrups are blended into the coffee and milk; otherwise, you have one of those “layered” drinks that’s unflavored at the top and sticky sweet at the bottom.
- Add your ice. We’ve given some basic proportions for the ice but this is something people really do vary on, so you can adjust it to your taste. At this point, your cup should be nearly full.
- Top off with milk and give it a gentle stir to mix it all together.
Putting the latte together this way will allow you for the minimal amount of ice melting. Note that since there are no hot Espresso shots going into the drink, the ice is going to melt less initially and so your drink will not get watered down.
Keeping it cold first and then adding the ice also helps. I like to let my drink sit for about 5 minutes or so to really chill before I get going. An easy way to time that is to put the drink together first thing in the morning, and then stick it in the fridge. I pull it out on my way out the door and then start my sipping when I get out the driveway. And it only cost me pennies!
The Perfectly Proportioned Drink
Our rule of thumb is that 1 shot = 3 Tablespoons or 1.5 fl oz of Toddy. You can obviously increase or decrease the number of shots you prefer in your drink. Since the milk is added last, it is the ingredient that makes up the difference.
With the flavors, sometimes we think in terms of “pumps” like the use at the Espresso stand. One pump is generally .25 fl oz or 1/2 tablespoon. Again, we’ve given the standard proportions (as the big un-named National Coffee Chain uses); you can adjust to more or less as per your taste.
Popular Flavor Combinations
When making Iced latte at home, the sky is the limit. I would not recommend going out and buying every flavor that’s out there, but this is your opportunity to be creative! This is a good time to get that rich dark chocolate syrup instead of the generic kind or create your own custom blend from your favorite flavors.
Here are a few of my favorite flavor combinations to get you started. I’ve given them in parts, so you will need to calculate the correct amount for your drink based on the proportions above.
Some of you may think that fruit flavors are strange in coffee but I would encourage you to try them out! Fruit and coffee go exceptionally well together, especially when paired with a bar of good chocolate.
Mocha – 1 part Chocolate. Almond Roca – 1 part Chocolate, 1 part Almond or Orgeat, 1 part Peppermint Banana Split – 1 part Chocolate, 1 part cherry Nutella – 1 part Nutella (this takes more stirring but is FABULOUS).
1 part Coconut, 1 part Almond Butter Pecan – 1 part Praline, 1 part Butterscotch Snowflake – 1 part White Chocolate, 1 part Crème de Menthe (or Peppermint)… And there are millions of other combinations out there.
The truth is if you are reading this article you are probably a regular latte drinker which means you probably already have a favorite. Personally, my two go-to drinks are (iced) peppermint mocha and (hot) white chocolate mocha with cinnamon on top.
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