Graham Cracker Milk Latte

Graham Cracker Milk Latte

You know those seasonal lattes from Starbucks, the ones that people go crazy over? I’m not into them. They usually taste funny to me and are too sweet {which, whoa, that’s crazy for me of all people to say.}

But, even though I don’t personally care for those “handcrafted beverages”, it doesn’t mean that I don’t get the hype. They make them sound really good. So good, in fact, that I forget all about my aversion at least once a year and I get suckered into spending five bucks of my holiday cash on a drink that I swear off again until the next year.

This year’s pick was the “Toasted Graham Latte”, which wasn’t horrible, but didn’t make me swoon by any means. It did pique my interests enough to make me want to come up with my own recipe at home.

Graham Cracker Milk Latte

In my first round of recipe testing, I created a cinnamon-brown sugar simple syrup to flavor and sweeten the coffee, which yielded a lightly spiced version that was pleasant, sure, but wasn’t “grahamy” enough for me. It was missing that toasty cracker taste that can’t really be reproduced with just sugar and spices.

But how do you extract that essence into a liquid? INFUSE THE MILK WITH GRAHAM CRACKERS.

Stay with me. It’s a little “out there”, I know, but think about it. When you want to make tea or flavored simple syrup or even flavored liquor, what do you do? You let the ingredient you want the liquid to taste like take a little soak.

The result? The “grahaminess” I was seeking and a roasty, toasty beverage that you can enjoy at home without having to wait for the 10 minute coffee order monologue of the person in front of you to end.

Graham Cracker Milk Latte
 
Make a toasty, graham cracker infused latte to warm you through the winter with a fun cozy flavor.
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Recipe Type: Coffee, Latte
Ingredients
Latte
  • 1-2 teaspoons Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Simple Syrup (see below for recipe)
  • Strong brewed espresso
  • Equal amount of Graham Cracker Milk (see below for recipe), warmed
For Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
For Graham Cracker Milk
  • 3 cups milk of your choice {I used almond milk}, divided
  • 4 graham cracker sheets {8 individual crackers}, crumbled
Instructions
Latte
  1. Add syrup to the bottom of your coffee mug/cup/bowl/vessel.
  2. Pour freshly brewed espresso over it.
  3. Pour in equal amount of milk.
For Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together brown sugar and water. Toss in cinnamon stick.
  2. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for a minute until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow cinnamon stick to steep in the syrup about 10 - 15 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract.
  3. Pour into a mason jar or container with an airtight lid and store in refrigerator.
For Graham Cracker Milk
  1. Warm 1½ cups milk slightly in the microwave or a saucepan. Toss in graham crackers and stir until you have a soggy mess. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. Pour the mixture into a fine mesh strainer, and press down on the graham cracker solids with a spatula or spoon to strain the liquid part of the mixture into a bowl {or better yet, something with a spout like a liquid measuring cup}. You should get about 1 cup of milk -- discard the solids.
  3. Repeat if necessary {i.e. if the milk looks like it has too many little pieces floating around in it.} The milk will be slightly thickened.
  4. Pour the remaining 1½ cups milk into the graham cracker milk and stir to combine.
  5. Store the graham cracker milk in a mason jar or a container with an airtight lid. Keep refrigerated.
 

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