The Best Smoked Butterscotch Latte Recipe

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If you’re a coffee lover, then you’ll want to try your hand at making this delicious smoked butterscotch latte recipe. With its smoky-sweet flavor combination and creamy deliciousness, this latte is as comforting as it is tasty!

I’m on a latte kick and can’t wait to share this yummy recipe!

A smoked butterscotch latte recipe in a glass mug and sitting on a wood cutting board.

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For the Coffee Lover…

To be clear…I am normally a basic black coffee gal.

Maybe a little almond milk here and there.

It gets me going in the morning and is one of my favorite things to share with friends.

This smoked butterscotch latte recipe stopped me in my coffee-drinking tracks!

It gives me my daily dose of caffeine and satisfies my sweet tooth at the same time!

Plus, it is so incredibly quick and easy!

This drink is very similar to the crowd favorite  Starbucks smoked butterscotch latte. But with the convenience of making it in the comforts of your own home!

What is in a Smoked Butterscotch Latte?

In terms of ingredients, you can go about this two ways…

For both methods, you use the simple ingredients which are coffee, butterscotch sauce, and cream or half and half.

You can use any type of milk that you want but just know that some milks don’t whip up as well.

The ingredients for a butterscotch latte recipe that includes coffee, cream, and butterscotch topping.

Liquid smoke is the magic ingredient that gives this coffee drink its personality!

Just one or two drops though…liquid smoke is intense!

A bottle of liquid smoke.

If you want to make your own homemade butterscotch sauce, you will use 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, and 1 tsp. vanilla.

Ingredients for a butterscotch syrup that can be used in a latte recipe.

Or, you can take the easy way (like me!) and just buy a jar of butterscotch topping!

A jar of butterscotch topping.

I have tried both ways and, honestly, will probably go with the jar topping from now on. So easy and so good!

Is Smoked Butterscotch Latte seasonal?

Many Starbucks coffee drinks are seasonal and this is one of them. However, the benefit of copycat recipes is that you enjoy them any time of the year!

What does a Smoked Butterscotch Latte taste like?

If you love butterscotch flavor, you will love this. It is a combination of the bitterness of pure espresso combined with the subtle flavor of butterscotch and natural smoke flavors.

A smoky butterscotch latte is like a butterscotch candy that has been infused into the best coffee! The perfect smoky butterscotch latte!

How to Make a Sweet Smoked Butterscotch Latte

This could not be easier! 

In a tall glass, combine espresso and good butterscotch syrup, sauce, or topping. Add a couple of drops of liquid smoke…

Butterscotch Latte Recipe: pouring butterscotch topping into coffee
Butterscotch Latte Recipe: Pouring a couple of drop of liquid smoke into the coffee drink.

…and frothed milk for the top. 

Butterscotch Latte Recipe: Frothing cream with a handheld frother.
Butterscotch Latte Recipe: coffee with butterscotch topping and milk.

The crowning glory is more whipped cream and butterscotch chips!

Tasting a smoked butterscotch latte recipe.

Smoked Butterscotch Latte

This delightful beverage combines the smoky notes of freshly brewed espresso, liquid smoke, and the velvety sweetness of butterscotch syrup. Topped with whipped cream and butterscotch chips, this latte is the perfect treat to enjoy any day of the year. Enjoy smoky, sweet, and creamy goodness in every sip!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 person
Calories 450 kcal


  • 1 Coffee Maker or Espresso Machine
  • 1 Milk Frother


  • 1/4 cup espresso or strong coffee
  • 3/4 cup half and half or whipping cream warmed and frothed
  • 3 tsp butterscotch syrup
  • 2 drops liquid smoke
  • butterscotch chips optional

Butterscotch Syrup

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Pour your espresso or strong coffee into your favorite cup.
  • Add the butterscotch syrup and stir. 3 tsp. is a guideline…if you like it sweeter, just add more!
  • Add 1 to 2 drops of liquid smoke. Again, it is up to you as to how much smokiness you want in the drink.
  • Add frothed milk to the top of the coffee. This works best if it is still warm.
  • Spoon whipped cream and. butterscotch chips to the frothy top.
Keyword Butterscotch Latte Recipe

To all butterscotch and coffee lovers out there, I hope you take the time to make this delicious smoked butterscotch latte. Even if you’re an aspiring home barista, this recipe is simple enough for anyone who strives to move from the daily cappuccinos and frappuccinos and wants to explore a gourmet treat! 

A smoked butterscotch latte recipe sitting on a countertop.

The flavors of sweet butterscotch, aromatic smoke, and strong espresso will keep your taste buds buzzing with joy. Plus, it fits perfectly into any seasonal drinks menu – no matter what time of year it is.

Savor every sip of your homemade smoked butterscotch latte and enjoy it any time of year!!


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  1. Something totally different to add liquid smoke. Pinned to try later
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  2. Hmmm… although I am not a coffee drinker, you grabbed my attention at butterscotch Missy! When I was growing up, we would go to a local restaurant after church and I always asked for butterscotch pudding after my grilled cheese. Yeah, I couldn’t seem to get past my two stables as a kiddo. Butterscotch is YUM! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Oh my goodness! I haven’t thought about butterscotch pudding for years! I LOVE butterscotch pudding! I think I may need to head to the grocery store…

  3. This looks so good, Missy. My husband always teases me that my coffee looks like it’s more creamer than coffee, so this latte sounds like it would be right up my alley!

    I’m going to feature your recipe and share it in my weekly recap on Sunday. I think my readers will love it too!

    Happy weekend!

    1. How sweet of you, Jen! Thank you! I used to never add creamer or any kind of sugar to my coffee…my how things change! LOL!

    1. Thank you, Lynne! I’m kind of hooked on these lattes. Glad to share and glad to be a part of your link party!

  4. Oh Missy this looks amazing. Thanks for sharing at the Fabulous Friday Link Party. We are thrilled to be featuring you (yet again! 😀) this week!

    1. WOW! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I always appreciate your kind words and am always thrilled to be featured at your link party!

  5. I’ve not heard of this drink before (I’m not a fan of Starbucks due mainly to its overpricing regime but also because I don’t have too much coffee. But this recipe sounds amazing and I’m glad you shared how to make the butterscotch sauce. That, in itself, is a winner in my eyes.

    1. Hi Joleisa! I am a huge fan of butterscotch and especially love it in the fall. I love it on ice cream but also drizzled on top of pumpkin pie! thank you so much for checking out the recipe!

  6. I love the look, the idea and the smell of flavoured coffees, but I just can’t drink them, preferring my coffee plain.
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  7. Interesting, I used smoked liquid in my food dishes but never thought of heard of it to be used in coffee.
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