Basic Steamer

Barista using coffee machine to steam milk in metal jug
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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 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. Gather the ingredients.

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

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

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

  5. Add the optional whipped cream.

  6. Enjoy hot.


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.