Until recently, I had never heard of Starbucks’ smoked butterscotch latte, but I’m so glad I saw it in the grocery store a few weeks ago! Mom and I had a lot of fun taste testing this copycat recipe for you all to enjoy. Flex those barista muscles and let’s make a specialty coffee drink!
What is smoked butterscotch?
Smoked butterscotch sauce only contains four ingredients: butter, dark brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, and liquid smoke. These ingredients are cooked in a saucepan to create the sweet, smoky sauce we love.
What’s in the smoked butterscotch latte?
Our Starbucks copycat smoked butterscotch latte contains just four simple ingredients.
- Homemade smoked butterscotch sauce to give a slightly smoky-sweet flavor
- Coffee for a caffeine boost and additional flavor
- Heavy whipping cream for creaminess (use milk or half-and-half for a lower fat version)
- Molasses to darken the color and add additional flavor
How to Make a Smoked Butterscotch Latte
Let’s start by making the smoked butterscotch sauce. Measure out unsalted butter, dark brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, and several drops of liquid smoke.
Melt the butter in a saucepan, then whisk in the brown sugar until dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil, then whisk in the cream and cook for 7 minutes. Pour into a glass jar or jug to cool, then add 15-20 drops of liquid smoke to give it a mild smoky flavor.
Pour the cream into a glass bottle and shake it vigorously for about a minute, until it’s quite frothy and about doubled in volume. Microwave the cream for about 20 seconds to warm it.
Put 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of the smoked butterscotch sauce into a mug.
Add 1/2 cup of coffee.
Pour in 2 tablespoons of frothed cream.
Don’t forget the 1 teaspoon of molasses for a darker color and richer flavor.
Stir everything together until well blended.
Whip some cream until it’s foamy, but still pourable. Make sure the surface of the latte is perfectly still, then pour the cream carefully over the back of a spoon so it floats on top of the latte. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and enjoy!
- Use homemade butterscotch sauce. The flavor of store-bought sauce is nowhere near as good as the real thing.
- Use strong coffee (preferably espresso). French roast arabica beans are especially nice in this drink.
- Make your latte extra smoky by adding liquid smoke. Just a drop should do it!
- If you’re watching your fat intake, use half-and-half or milk instead of the cream. I used cream to get a similar taste and texture to the Starbucks’ latte, but feel free to substitute if you’re on a diet.
- Make an iced smoked butterscotch latte by pouring it over crushed ice. You can have it hot or cold, whichever you prefer!
- In a hurry? Make the latte ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for later. It will reheat nicely in the microwave, or taste good over ice.
Make your morning extra special with one of these Starbucks copycat drinks.
- Pumpkin Spice Latte: enjoy the flavors of fall in this easy-to-make drink.
- Salted Caramel Mocha: buttery homemade caramel makes this drink extra yummy.
- Peppermint Mocha: a refreshing chocolate-mint drink with hints of coffee.
Did you make this smoked butterscotch latte? I’d love to hear how you enjoyed it in the comments below!Print
Learn how to make this delicious fall coffee drink at home. Add a secret ingredient to the buttery butterscotch sauce to give a sophisticated flavor to this copycat Starbucks smoked butterscotch latte. It’s an easy and tasty way to start your morning!
For the Smoked Butterscotch Sauce
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (115g)
- 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed (200g)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream (236 ml)
- 15-20 drops liquid smoke
For One Latte
- 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon smoked butterscotch sauce
- 1/2 cup strong coffee or espresso (118 ml)
- 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, for garnish (59 ml)
- Sprinkle of demerara sugar, for garnish
Making the Smoked Butterscotch Sauce
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, then whisk in the brown sugar until smooth.
- Once the mixture is boiling, turn down the heat to medium and whisk in the cream. Cook for 5-7 minutes, whisking occasionally to prevent the sauce from burning.
- Immediately pour the sauce into a large mason jar or bowl. Once the butterscotch has cooled some, mix in a few drops of liquid smoke. Taste and add more until a slightly smoky flavor is reached.
Making the Smoked Butterscotch Latte
- Pour the cream into a glass jar or bottle and tightly screw on the lid. Shake vigorously for about a minute until nearly doubled in size, then remove the lid and microwave for 20 seconds to warm the cream.
- Put 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of the smoked butterscotch sauce into a mug. Add the coffee, cream, and molasses, then stir until smooth.
- To garnish the latte, pour the whipping cream into a mixing bowl and beat with a handheld electric mixer or immersion blender until the cream is airy, but still pourable. Make sure the surface of the coffee isn’t swirling from being stirred, then carefully pour the cream over the back of a spoon. The cream should float on top.
- Sprinkle a little demerara sugar over the cream and serve immediately.