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Starbucks Copycat Smoked Butterscotch Latte

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!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butterscotch latte, starbucks smoked butterscotch latte, starbucks smoked butterscotch latte recipe
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 656kcal
Author: Emma


For the Smoked Butterscotch Sauce

For One Latte

  • cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon smoked butterscotch sauce
  • ½ cup strong coffee or ¼ cup espresso
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • Sprinkle of demerara sugar for garnish


Making the Sauce

  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, then whisk in the brown sugar until smooth.  Bring the mixture to a boil, then 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 it has cooled some, mix in a few drops of liquid smoke.  Taste and add more until a slightly smoky flavor is reached.

Making the Latte

  • Heat the cream in the microwave or in a saucepan until it's steaming.
  • Put 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of the butterscotch sauce into a mug.  Add the coffee, 2 tablespoons of warm cream, and molasses, then stir until smooth.
  • Froth the remaining cream until it's doubled in volume using a milk frother or shaking it vigorously in a jar, then pour it on top of the latte and sprinkle a little demerara sugar on top.
  • Enjoy immediately.


  • Make your own sauce.  Store-bought won't taste half as good as homemade.
  • Use dark brown sugar in the butterscotch sauce; otherwise, it won't have the same flavor.
  • Add the liquid smoke to taste.  You need enough to add a smoky hint, but not too much.
  • Don't have an espresso machine? Use moka pot coffee instead.
  • 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.


Serving: 8oz | Calories: 656kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 264mg | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 1167IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg