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people doing a toast with two glasses of smoked butterscotch latte

Starbucks Copycat Smoked Butterscotch Latte

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 fluid ounces 1x


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 Sauce

  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, then whisk in the brown sugar until smooth.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Put 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of the sauce into a mug.  Add the coffee, cream, and molasses, then stir until smooth.
  3. To garnish the latte, pour the whipping cream into a mixing bowl and beat with a handheld electric mixer or immersion blender until it's 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.  It should float on top.
  4. Sprinkle a little demerara sugar on top and serve 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.
  • Use dark roast coffee or espresso for the best taste.
  • 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.
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: starbucks copycat recipe, butterscotch latte



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