Red Velvet Latte | Authentic Taste & Easy Recipe

A Red Velvet Latte may look complicated, especially when your local coffee shop creates those beautiful latte arts we all love to gawk at and snap photos of. However, A Red Velvet Latte is far from difficult and this delicious and iconic drink can be easily made from home with the right proper steps and essential ingredients, so anyone could whip this recipe up in no time. However, we did mess up a few times, and we do stress the importance of finding the perfect chocolate-to-milk ratio for the most exceptional of tastes. This is why we took all the guesswork out of creating this yummy recipe and did the testing for you ☺️.

We love the amount of chocolate in this recipe because it adds that creamy and chocolate taste we all relate a red velvet cake with, but it doesnt have too much to overwhelm the drink into a mocha-style drink. We also, found out that the pretty red color cafe shops deliver is due to either natural food dyes, powders, or food coloring, because the chemical process between chocolate and milk in this recipe isn’t enough to turn the drink red like it is when you combined buttermilk and chocolate powder, but thats a discussion for later ☺️.

This post is all about creating the perfect and maybe even a little Devilish, Red Velvet Latte!

red velvet latte
Red Velvet Latte: Copyright Ledy Wedayani via

Red Velvet FAQ

What is a Red Velvet Latte?

Red velvet lattes are a twist on the iconic red velvet cake, this delicate and creamy latte combines the rich taste that red velvet cake is known for but in drinkable form as an espresso drink.

What Does A Red Velvet Latte Taste Like?

Red Velvet is very similar in regards to mild chocolate such as white chocolate but with a twisting surprise of slight tartness. When you compare red velvet latte to a red velvet cake, the taste will be more subtle as it won’t have the same complexity that the red velvet cake version offers, this is due to the lack of ingredients used between the two recipes.

What color are red velvet lattes naturally?

Red Velvet lattes are naturally not red, instead, they will look like a normal dark latte due to the chocolate that is added. You might be surprised to hear this as most cafes will serve you up a beautiful bright red latte. However, this is caused by the addition of red food dye to give it that perky red color we all also love to gaze upon before taking a sip.

red velvet cake and red velvet latte
Red velvet cake: Copyright Chris Fowler via

How do you make a red velvet latte red?

To make a red velvet latte red, all you have to do is add red food coloring to your own latte, if youre not a fan of artificial food dyes. Then you can use red beetroot powder to color the latte a reddish-pink color.

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Devilish & Delishes Red Velvet Latte

Red Velvet Ingredients

Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Red Velvet Syrup – Click To Get Our Homemade Red Velvet Syrup!

Beet Root Powder or Red Food Dye



Equipment you’ll need

  • Small Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • mug of choice

Why You’ll love it

  • Delivers that delicious red velvet taste you’ll love!
  • The easy and simpler recipe that almost anyone can follow
  • Inexpensive ingredients
  • Can be tweaked to your own personal taste

How to make a Red Velvet Latte at home

Recipe calls for

  • 7 oz of whole milk
  • 2 oz of espresso
  • 2 tbs of red velvet syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 oz of semi-sweet chocolate chunks or shavings
  • 1/2 tsp of red beet powder or 1/4 tsp of red food coloring


If You don’t care about latte art and are going to top this with whip cream =)

  1. In a small saucepan over low-medium heat combine milk and red velvet syrup and warm up until the milk is steaming.
  2. Add in Chocolate chunks, vanilla extract, and red beet powder and stir until just almost melted fully for a texture in your drink. if you prefer it smooth then melt the chocolate fully.
  3. Take off the heat, and set aside
  4. Pour espresso into a cup of choice and then pour in red velvet milk mixture and top with whipped cream and enjoy! ☺️


If you want to have a beautiful latte art on top

We recommend reading our latte art post for better visuals and information on latte art.

Extra Equipment Needed:

  • Milk Steamer
  1. In a chilled metal milk frother cup, pour cold milk and set aside
  2. Combine in a mug of choice, hot espresso, chocolate morsels cut into fragments so they melt easily, vanilla extract, and beetroot powder.
  3. Steam milk in a milk steamer, be careful not to get too hot and not to pump too much air into the milk. You want a fluid and uniform consistency. Too much air, and you’ll end up with milk that is foamy on top and that will ruin your latte art.
  4. When ready, first pour a heavy pour, pull it quickly out and towards you. Then pour in short and quick motions without being too shaky, side to side and bring the milk closer and begin shallow pour side to side. Finish with a vertical quick pour outwards to divide the drink. Wallah, you’re done!
  5. If it’s your first time trying latte art, dont feel bad if it’s ugly, it took us a ton of tries to get it right and even then we sometimes mess up. Don’t even get us started on complicated designs 😆. Read our Latte Art post we linked above to learn more about latte art for beginners.
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