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Creative and Unusual Latte Recipes

Classic latte can be improved and modernized by adding several unusual ingredients. Baristas are constantly coming up with new variations of the drink. In the article, we want to present you 3 unusual latte recipes, their history and how to make them at home.

Latte history and its classic recipe

Latte is espresso-based milk coffee drink that was firstly mentioned in 1867. William Dean Howells from England wrote in his essay “Italian Travels” that tourists in Italy are served a less strong drink than cappuccino.

Latte gained fame in the middle of the 20th century. Then, it was served all around the world. Italian immigrant Lino Meiorina, the owner of the Mediterraneum bar in Berkeley in California was the first one to include latte in the menu.

The delicate milky taste of the drink will appeal to those who find espresso and cappuccino too strong.
To make latte, first make an espresso and pour it into a cup.

Then milk is whipped: it should be pasteurized with a fat content of 2.2% to 3.2% is best. It is important to monitor the temperature; the ideal one is 60 °C -65 °C. At lower temperatures, the milk foam will be unstable. And at higher temperatures protein compounds will break down, which will spoil the taste of the drink.
Whipped milk is carefully poured into the finished espresso.

Milk and coffee go well with spices, nuts, and even some vegetables. Let's talk about Spanish latte, spicy pumpkin latte and pistachio latte recipes.

Spanish latte

Spanish latte is made from espresso, condensed milk and milk. It is especially popular in the UAE: it accounts for half of all purchased drinks. The owners of the establishments do not know exactly how the history of the Spanish latte began and where such a name came from. But it is considered that this drink was first served in Madrid.

Spanish latte is similar to Vietnamese coffee – a strong and at the same time sweet drink with a full-bodied taste. But its taste is softer because of the additional portion of milk.

To make a Spanish latte at home, you should first prepare a double espresso or half a cup of strong coffee. Put one and a half teaspoons of condensed milk at the bottom of the mug. Pour the prepared coffee on top and add 80-100 ml of milk. You can add a few ice cubes to make iced coffee.

Pumpkin latte

Pumpkin latte is a drink served mainly in autumn, because in English-speaking countries it is associated with Halloween.

For the European settlers who colonized North America, pumpkin was a new product. But gradually they made it a component of their cuisine, especially when used with spices in pumpkin pies.

Adding pumpkin spice to coffee was first invented by Starbucks employee Peter Duke in 2003 while creating a seasonal fall menu. He added pumpkin spice sauce, cinnamon, cloves to the latte and garnished with whipped cream. The drink immediately gained popularity in North America and Canada. Later, coffee houses around the world began to repeat and transform this recipe.

To make it at home, you will need 1 serving of espresso, 25 g of boiled pumpkin, a glass of milk, sugar and spices. Place pumpkin pieces in milk and bring to a boil. Then add spices and beat until getting a consistency without large lumps. Espresso is poured into the pumpkin-milk mixture. If desired, the finished drink can be decorated with whipped cream.

Pistachio latte

Pistachio latte is made with the addition of natural nut paste. It was invented and introduced in 2019 by Starbucks. This is a high-calorie and "nutritious" drink that can be often found in coffee houses in winter.
Starbucks turned to Italian cuisine for new recipes. Pistachios, which are widely used in the preparation of Italian pastries and ice cream, attracted its attention. After that, pistachio latte appeared in other coffee shops around the world.

To make your own pistachio latte, start by making peanut butter. To do this, rinse the pistachios several times, peel them, fry them in a dry frying pan or dry them in the oven. Then grind them up. This pasta can be stored for 6 months. Now you can assemble the drink: put the nut paste in the glass, add the espresso, and milk.

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