Brown Sugar Latte

by autumn on January 7, 2014

Brown Sugar Latte || Autumn Makes & Does

My Christmas in Charleston was pretty low-key this year. I had just had surgery and my mom had just had surgery (I know right?! We’re hoping for a calmer New Year…), so we were in full-on get better mode. Still, there are some non-negotiables when I visit my mom. Spending hours at Goodwill has to happen. This visit, I learned that the Goodwill by my Mom’s house is ON THEIR GAME to the degree that they send out emails everyday with info on what will be on sale. So, that’s obviously a must do.

Brown Sugar Latte || Autumn Makes & Does

Another thing that is on its way to becoming a tradition for us is lattes at Black Tap Coffee. I’m not typically a latte person, but Black Tap has a rotating cast of really unique flavors like lavender and brown sugar, the latter of which I fell totally in love with. I have a culinary weak spot for when sweeteners take center stage as a flavor–date shake, maple panna cotta, honey ice cream, these sorts of things. It was just so darn cozy and delicious, that I had to try to recreate the brown sugar latte at home.

Brown Sugar Latte || Autumn Makes & Does

I’m including the recipe I used for Brown Sugar Simple Syrup, but I realize that your home coffee set-up will dictate just how you put it to use. I have an itty-bitty stovetop espresso maker, a little milk pot, and a handheld milk frother. So, I made my espresso and heated 8 oz of almond milk on the stove, frothing the milk once it was warmed. Then, I poured the espresso in a mug, stirred in 2 tablespoons of brown sugar syrup, poured in the warm milk, and finally spooned some foam on top for added fanciness. If this is more than you have on hand or you much prefer drip coffee, play around with using this syrup in place of your usual coffee sweetener. It’s deceptively simple, but the caramel-y brown sugar flavor really adds a lot.

Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
Author: Autumn Giles, inspired by Black Tap Coffee
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DIY Brown Sugar Simple Syrup for Brown Sugar Lattes
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 cup water
  1. Bring the water and brown sugar to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally until the brown sugar dissolves.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Transfer the syrup to a glass bottle or jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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Autumn Giles is the creator of Autumn Makes & Does and the co-host of the Alphabet Soup Podcast.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 7, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Love the simplicity to this! It sounds great!


2 autumn January 8, 2014 at 11:05 am

Thanks, Katrina!


3 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough January 8, 2014 at 3:32 am

Oh my yum. We’ve only got drip coffee but I bet it would be amazing with this magic syrup.


4 autumn January 8, 2014 at 11:05 am

Totally, Steph! Thank you 🙂


5 Candy January 8, 2014 at 4:31 am

I used to make a brown sugar coffee syrup, but would also add some salt to it for that salted caramel flavor. I haven’t made it in years, but I think I will now. Thanks!


6 autumn January 8, 2014 at 11:08 am

Oh man, such a great idea, Candy! I think I’ll experiment with stirring some salt into half of my syrup to see how it is. Thank you.


7 Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) January 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm

I’ve recently become a serious coffee convert so I’m super excited to see this. It looks simple but super delicious! Can’t wait to try it!


8 autumn January 8, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Thanks, Kim! That is what totally struck me about that particular flavor. It’s super simple, but so good!


9 emily January 8, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Oooh thank you for reminding me of the milk frother I have. I never thought about using it with almond milk but this sounds perfect. So in love with the idea of a brown sugar almond latte!


10 kelly January 11, 2014 at 12:30 am

An SAT-style analogy:

Autumn : small stovetop espresso pot as Kelly : ?

whereas ? = espresso machine she bought while a Starbucks employee. So it may have sat in a box for 5 years until just recently when I finally set it up on the counter. I’ve just been making plain lattes, but this is just glorious. As is the idea of adding more aromatic flavors like lavender. I’m so glad you had a relaxing time in Charleston. You more than deserved it!!


11 Courtney January 13, 2014 at 8:32 pm

I had the lavender latte when I went to Black Tap. Oh man, it was so good! This one also looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to try it at home!


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