Starbucks Smoked Butterscotch Latte

If you have been in Starbucks this spring, you have noticed Smoked Butterscotch Latte is on the menu. Are you wondering how it tastes? Let me tell you, it has a hint of smoke with the subtle flavor of Butterscotch.

Two smoked butterscotch lattes on a table

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Starbucks has a large array of coffeehouse drinks. Yes, some aren’t for the traditionalists. These flavors are for those who have a sweet tooth. One reason I like to make copycat recipes at home is that I can control the level of sweetness when I make the recipe at home. You can also ask for your barista to make your drink more or less sweet. I love coffee drinks with milk, but I am not as much of a fan when it comes to drinks on the sweet side.

You might wonder what in the world is Butterscotch. It is a lot like caramel, but there is a slight difference in the ingredients. Caramel is made up of granulated white sugar, butter, vanilla, and heavy cream.

Butterscotch is similar, but instead of granulated white sugar, brown sugar is what makes butterscotch have a different flavor. I think the flavor of butterscotch is more sophisticated as the brown sugar that is used isn’t as pure as granulated white sugar, so the flavor is more nuanced.

The smoked element is very subtle in this drink. We are going to conquer readily this by using a little liquid smoke in this recipe. Liquid smoke is made by smoking wood and catching the smoke on a porous substance. Then the smoke is washed from the porous substance.

You can buy liquid smoke in your everyday grocery store. I often find it near the condiments. You will need just a touch for this recipe. You can use liquid smoke in salad dressings, baked beans, and so much more.

Starbucks Smoked Butterscotch Latte Recipe Ingredients

Here is a list of what you need to make this delicious coffee drink:

  • Espresso
  • Milk
  • Butterscotch Syrup
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Whipped Cream

Did you know you can make espresso which is used in a latte at home? With an inexpensive Bialetti Moka Express 6-cup Espresso Maker and Replacement Filter, you can make homemade espresso without an expensive machine. Italians have been making espresso like this for over 100 years. This espresso is made on a stovetop, and it makes a delicious and flavorful coffee drink. You can also brew some really strong coffee; it is up to you.

Lattes are made with heated milk that has been frothed or aerated. You don’t need a fancy machine to aerate the milk. You can directly heat milk, and place it in a jar with a lid, and shake the heck out of the milk. This will increase the volume of the milk.

You can choose to top this latte one of two ways. You can use the foam from the frothed milk, or you can top with some sweetened whipped cream. It is entirely up to you on how you enjoy your coffee.

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Two smoked butterscotch lattes on a table

Starbucks Smoked Butterscotch Latte

The Starbucks Smoked Butterscotch Latte is a seasonal menu item, you can make it all year around with this copycat recipe.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Starbucks Recipes
Servings: 1
Calories: 185kcal


  • 4 ounces espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • 4 ounces milk warmed and frothed
  • 2 tablespoons butterscotch syrup
  • 1 to 2 drops liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespooms whipped cream


  • In a coffee cup add espresso or strong brewed coffee. Add syrup, you can adjust according to your own personal desired sweet level. Add warm frothed milk to the coffee. Spoon the frothed milk bubbles on top of the coffee or top with sweetened whipped cream if desired.


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Calcium: 149mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Nancy Dempsey

    Which flavor liquid smoke is used? I’m not seeing an “original” my instinct would be the pecan but I was curious to see what others suggest

  2. Cheryl Davison

    5 stars
    I love smoked butterscotch lattes…..seasonal, maybe Sept., Oct. Til end of March…..can’t wait….gonna try at home….thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  3. Kristy Hiott

    What brand of the liguid smoke do you use please, I’ve seen hickory and mesquite, I don’t think I’m looking in the right place. Thank you for your help.

  4. Marquita Lanier

    I just discovered this drink at Starbucks and it is AMAZING!, thanks Stephanie for the hint about using liquid smoke I never would have thought to use that. I enjoy your posts!

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