Basic Steamer Recipe

Barista using coffee machine to steam milk in metal jug
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving

This basic steamer recipe can be used to make various kinds of flavored steamers, as well as soy steamers and other vegan steamers.

Don't know what a steamer is? It's a hot, milk-based and flavored-syrup drink (that is caffeine-free unless the added syrup has caffeine in it) that is popular in many coffee shops.

This recipe makes one serving but it easily can be adjusted to make a larger quantity.


  • 1 cup milk (or milk alternative such as soy milk or almond milk)
  • 1 1/2 ounces ​flavored syrup (3 squirts from a Torani dispenser, or manufacturer's recommended quantity, see Note below)
  • Optional: ​heavy cream, whipped

Steps to Make It

  1. Using a frothing wand or on the stovetop, steam the milk or milk alternative.

  2. Add the flavored syrup into the bottom of a large mug or cup.

  3. Pour the steamed milk into the glass and (if needed) stir the drink.

  4. Add the optional whipped cream.

  5. Enjoy hot.

Note: Popular steamer flavors include caramel, Irish cream, mint, chocolate, and vanilla. If you're making a fruit-flavored steamer, add the milk gradually to avoid curdling or add vanilla syrup along with it to prevent curdling. If you want to reduce your sugar intake, you can use a sugar-free flavored syrup.