I recently made a chocolate raspberry latte with easy homemade raspberry syrup. I have never made homemade syrup before, especially for a drink. When I was done, I was equal parts surprised and amazed. If you’re on the hunt for a new latte with sophisticated flavors that is still easy to make, then this recipe is one that you’ll want to try.
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A Chocolate Raspberry Latte Perfect for Valentine’s Day
This chocolate raspberry latte is a perfect drink for Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re planning to make breakfast in bed or have a sweet mid-day dessert and drinks date, this latte should be on your menu. I am well aware that strawberries and chocolate are the favorite pairing on the Day of Love. But raspberry and chocolate take you to a whole new level of flavor and sophistication.
It may look fancy and complicated, but it’s really not. Once you make the raspberry syrup, you open the door for making pretty much any other fruit-flavored syrup. By making your own syrup, you are truly adding that special “made with love” ingredient.
Get Your Ingredients and Get Started
The ingredients for this recipe are simple and few. Really all you need is sugar, water, raspberries, chocolate syrup, milk and espresso. When I make this drink, I use Lavazza’s Gran Crema Espresso, whole beans. It has a creamy, smooth taste. The brand of chocolate syrup is totally up to you. In this case, all I had on hand was Target’s Favorite Day Chocolate Flavored Syrup. If you want something more decadent, then I would recommend Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Sauce, Black Label.
To get started, make the raspberry syrup first. Out of all of the steps, this one will take the longest. Start by pouring your water and sugar into a saucepan. Heat it until the sugar is dissolved. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the raspberries and let them cook. Once the raspberry/sugar water mixture has come to a boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for up to ten minutes. After this, it’s time to separate the raspberry pulp from the syrup. Strain the pulp and put the syrup into a reusable bottle. You can store this in the fridge for up to three weeks.
Crafting the Raspberry Chocolate Latte
Once you’ve got the syrup made, crafting the actual raspberry chocolate latte is really easy. Start brewing your espresso. You’ll want to brew enough for two shots. While that is brewing, grab your mug. Pour approximately 2 tablespoons of the raspberry syrup into the bottom of the mug. You can do more if you want a stronger raspberry flavor. Next, swirl the chocolate syrup around the inside walls of the mug. This will allow the chocolate flavor to permeate throughout the drink.
Once you’ve gotten your mug ready, steam your milk. By the time you’ve done both of these things, your espresso should be ready. Pour the espresso into the mug, followed by the steamed milk. It’s up to you how much foam you put into the drink. I like a good layer of foam on top. It provides an extra sense of creaminess, plus it allows you to add delicious syrup swirls on top. After my espresso and steamed milk are in the mug, I add chocolate syrup to the top of the drink. Then it’s all done and ready to go!
Let me know if you serve this latte to your love on Valentine’s Day! I would love to hear what you think in the comments below.
Chocolate Raspberry Latte with Easy Homemade Raspberry Syrup
Homemade Raspberry Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
Chocolate Raspberry Latte
- 4 ounces espresso equivalent of two espresso shots
- 1 cup milk steamed, I used 2%
- 2 tbsp homemade raspberry syrup
- chocolate syrup enough to swirl around glass and on top
Homemade Raspberry Syrup
- Put the water and sugar into a saucepan on the stove. Cook for approximately 1-2 minutes. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Once the sugar has dissolved, add in the 1 cup of fresh raspberries. Cook on medium heat until the berries break down, approximately 8-10 minutes. Once it starts to boil, turn the heat down to low. Stir occasionally to help break down the berries.
- Once the berry/sugar water mixture is done cooking and the berries have broken down, strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve and into a jar. If needed, use a spatula to help force the syrup through the sieve. From the jar, pour the syrup into a reusable bottle.
- Place the bottle, top open, into a cold-water bath while the syrup cools. Once it has cooled you can store it in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
Chocolate Raspberry Latte
- Brew your two shots of espresso.
- While the espresso is brewing, steam your one cup of milk. If you do not have a steamer, you can heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat on the stove and froth it with a hand frother.
- In your mug, pour 2 tablespoons of the homemade raspberry syrup. Then swirl the chocolate syrup around the inside wall of the mug.
- Pour the two shots of espresso (4 ounces total) into your mug. Then pour the steamed milk on top of the espresso. Add the milk foam at your leisure.
- On the top of the foam, swirl more chocolate sauce. Once you've done this, the drink is ready to be served!