As a barista, you're always looking for new and unique coffee drink recipes to add to your arsenal. Not only do signature drinks make you stand out from the competition, but they also let you show off your creativity and coffee-making skills.
That's why we've put together this list of nine must-try signature coffee shop drink ideas. From the classic iced latte macchiato to the trendy honey matcha latte, these drinks are sure to impress your customers and help you build your reputation as a skilled coffee maker. So, what are you waiting for? Start brewing!
One of the most popular signature coffee recipes on the internet is the Espresso Martini. It's easy to make, and it's always a hit with guests. All you need is vodka, espresso, and sweetened condensed milk.
Start by mixing the vodka and espresso in a shaker. Add in the sweetened condensed milk and shake again until everything is mixed together. Pour into a martini glass and enjoy!
Iced Latte Macchiato
Starting with a classic, the iced latte macchiato. This drink is all about the layers of flavor, and it's a real showstopper.
To make it, you'll need espresso, milk, and ice. Pour a little espresso into a glass, then add a layer of milk. Add some more espresso on top of that, and then top it all off with some ice. Simple, yet delicious.
Cold Brew Float
One of the most popular coffee shop recipe ideas on our list is the Cold Brew Float. It's a great way to enjoy two summertime favorites – coffee and ice cream – in one delicious drink.
All you need to make it is your essential coffee shop equipment, a fresh batch of cold brew coffee, the best vanilla ice cream, and chocolate syrup. You can even do without the chocolate syrup to enjoy the sweetness of the vanilla ice cream and the strong flavor of the espresso shot. Simply combine all three ingredients in a glass – without mixing, of course – and serve it immediately!
Salted Caramel Apple Cider Latte
This one's for all you autumn lovers out there. The Salted Caramel Apple Cider Latte is a unique coffee drink recipe that’s the perfect mix of sweet and salty, and it'll warm you up on even the chilliest of days.
You’ll need a cup of apple cider, milk, a freshly pulled espresso shot, caramel sauce, salt, and a pump of whipped cream. Start by pulling your espresso shot from your coffee shop espresso machine. Heat up the apple cider and milk until steaming. Then, add the caramel sauce and salt, and mix until combined. Add the espresso shot last, and top with whipped cream if you’re feeling a bit fancy.
Maple Oat Milk Latte
This one's for the oat milk lovers out there. Combine your love of oat milk with delicious maple syrup, and you've got yourself a real winner of a signature coffee drink idea.
You’ll need a cup of oat milk, maple syrup, two shots of fresh espresso, and vanilla extract. You can experiment with the amounts of each ingredient until you get just the right sweetness and texture! Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk them together until the mixture starts to froth. Once it’s hot, it’s time to pour it into your favorite coffee mug!
Coconut Honey Matcha Latte
Are you a matcha lover? This unique coffee shop drink recipe might just be made for you. It's a bit of an acquired taste, I'll admit, but once you get into it, there's no turning back.
To start, you’ll need 1 teaspoon of matcha powder, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 cup of unsweetened almond or coconut milk, and half a cup of hot water. Mix the matcha powder and honey together in a small bowl. Heat up your milk in a saucepan. Just make sure you don’t put it on high heat to avoid burning your milk! Wait for the matcha mixture to dissolve, and then serve!
Dirty Turmeric Chai Latte
Looking for a delicious and healthy signature coffee drink idea that's perfect for the holidays? Maybe it’s time to enjoy a warm and comforting mug of turmeric chai latte. Not only is this tasty, but it also packs a lot of health benefits, thanks to its turmeric content! If you want to try out this recipe, here’s what you’ll need: 1 cup of dairy milk, ground turmeric, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, black pepper, honey, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and two shots of espresso.
Hear your daily milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Add all your ingredients into your saucepan, excluding the coffee and vanilla extract. Stir the mixture constantly until it’s heated through. Remove from the heat, and slowly stir in your vanilla extract. Blend it with your home blender until it achieves a frothy consistency. Add in your espresso and serve!
Cold Brew Affogato
This coffee shop drink idea is a twist on the classic affogato, and it's perfect for summer. Cold brew coffee is mixed with milk and ice and then topped with a scoop of your favorite ice cream. I like to use chocolate or vanilla ice cream, but feel free to experiment.
To make this drink, you'll need cold brew coffee, milk, ice, and a scoop of ice cream. To get the best flavor from your cold brew, we suggest using freshly ground beans – whether by using a manual grinder or a commercial conical burr grinder. Start by mixing the cold-brew coffee and milk together. Add the ice and stir until combined. Top with a scoop of ice cream, and enjoy!
So, there you have it! Eight signature coffee recipes for delicious and unique coffee drinks that will make you the star barista at your shop. Whether you're looking for something new to add to your menu or want to switch up your morning coffee routine, these coffee shop recipes are sure to please. So, get brewing, and happy sipping!