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Coffee-Based French Vanilla Latte

This lovely French vanilla latte is super easy to make and is such a treat. It is enticingly fragrant, the sweetness level is just right, and features your everyday drip coffee. 
The homemade syrup melds vanilla bean with brown sugar for additional complexity.  As for replacing espresso with drip coffee, the swap means you can use the coffee maker currently sitting in your kitchen. The perfect latte is the one that you can make! And if the weather doesn’t call for a hot coffee beverage (or you’re craving something with a milder coffee flavor) just pour it over ice and add a touch more syrup. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 1


Vanilla Syrup

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped


  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 2 tbsp vanilla syrup
  • 1 cup whole milk



  • Heat the water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Do not boil. 
  • Stir as you add the brown sugar to the water. Let cook for 3-4 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the vanilla bean and scraped seeds. 
  • Leave to cool before removing the vanilla bean. 
  • Transfer to a small bowl or jar.


  • Pour the coffee and vanilla syrup into a latte cup.
  • Steam the milk.
  • Pour 2/3 of the milk into the cup while using a spoon to retain any froth. 
  • Top with the remaining milk and spoon the froth on top of the latte.