Curious about what an Iced Mocha Latte is and how to make one? Well, settle in for a quick tutorial as I show you how to make this popular coffee shop latte recipe at home!

Iced Mocha Latte with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup on top of the whipped cream. There is a stainless steel straw in the drink.

Ever since I started making my latte drinks at home a few years back, I’ve been experimenting with different flavors. To me, there’s just something exciting about what I can duplicate at home for a fraction of the cost of what I pay for in a coffee shop!

Of course, this does come with field testing at Starbucks and other coffee shops in the area to see how I can build the right combo of flavors at home. Call it a perk of the job (pun intended).

A hand is pouring espresso from a small glass into a highball glass filled with ice and chocolate syrup.

So after having made iced lattes of the vanilla (my faaaavorite!) and pumpkin varieties, I decided it was time to move on to chocolate. Or rather, the iced mocha latte.

What Is a Mocha Latte?

A mocha latte (also called a caffé mocha) is a regular latte that is flavored with chocolate syrup. For an iced mocha latte, you’ve also got ice in the cup.

Anything called “mocha” has chocolate and coffee on the ingredient list.

Ingredients for an Iced Mocha Latte lined up in a row on a white marble counter. In front of the ingredients on the counter are some stainless steel straws and a dark grey napkin.

Ingredients

The ingredient list for this iced coffee drink is ridiculously simple! Here’s what you’ll need:

Ice. Obviously.

Espresso: Both decaf and regular work fine. And you can use cold espresso or brew it hot right over the ice cubes.

Chocolate syrup: Any kind of chocolate syrup works as long as it’s a little thicker in consistency. I used Hershey’s, which for some is a no-go because of the high-fructose corn syrup it contains. So, use whatever kind you want here!

Milk is being poured from a small pitcher into the mocha latte glass.

Milk: I use skim milk because it’s the only milk we drink. So feel free to use whatever kind of milk you usually use to make this latte. Avoid using half-and-half and heavy cream because well, you need a lot of milk for a latte. And those two aren’t meant to be used like regular milk (dairy or non-dairy) is used!

Vanilla syrup: This is definitely optional but since I almost always have it in my fridge, I used it here to add a little extra flavor. Most coffee shops don’t add vanilla to a mocha latte. But hey! You’re making it at home so make it your own!

A hand is squirting whipped cream from a can onto the top of the iced mocha latte. There is a stainless steel straw in the glass too.

Whipped cream: Canned whipped cream is the best for a coffee drink like this one! That’s because it’s lighter than homemade whipped cream so it floats on top of the drink rather than sinking. (I’ve tested this many times!)

A drizzle of chocolate syrup is being poured into a tall highball glass full of ice.

What Makes a Mocha Latte So Good?

The draw of a mocha latte is the chocolate and coffee flavor combo! The addition of coffee to chocolate in a recipe deepens the chocolate flavor.

And even if you’re not a fan of coffee, you’ll find that coffee isn’t dominant in something mocha-flavored. The two ingredients mesh so well together that their flavors become seamless!

Mocha is also the dominant flavor in tiramisu recipes, where cocoa and coffee (or espresso) are combined.

More Mocha Recipes You’ll Love

Iced Mocha Latte with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle on top.

Iced Mocha Latte

Yield: 1 drink

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp chocolate syrup (Hershey’s - or similar - works great here!)
  • 2 tsp vanilla syrup
  • 2 shots espresso, cold
  • 6 oz milk (any kind)
  • Whipped cream (from a can works best here - it’s light enough to float on top of the drink instead of sinking)
  • Extra chocolate syrup for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Add chocolate and vanilla syrups to a 16 oz glass filled with ice. For extra effect, drizzle the chocolate syrup down the inside wall of the glass. It's not necessary, but totally fun to look at!
  2. Pour the espresso over the ice.
  3. Pour milk into the glass and stir until the milk, syrup, and espresso are combined.
  4. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

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