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Milk Steamers

Got Milk Steamers? Learn how to make your own milk steamers!

Milk steamers are steamed milk with a shot of flavored syrup, a coffeehouse drink you can make at home or order out. Because of the wide variety of milk products and flavors, steamers can fit into a healthy lifestyle – and they’re delicious, too. Below are equipment needs, ingredients, instructions, entertaining ideas, recipes and dairy nutrition information.


You don’t need an expensive cappuccino maker to make milk steamers at home. Try one of these methods – all lead to delicious (and impressive) results!


Keep heat at medium-low; do not allow milk to boil. Whisk rapidly until milk is airy and frothed.


Heat for 2 to 3 minutes in large, shallow bowl; milk should be scalding but not boiling. Whisk rapidly until milk is airy and frothed.


Frothers come in two basic models. One type is a pitcher with a pump, in which milk is poured into the pitcher, heated in the microwave, and then the lid with a pump handle is attached. By pumping the handle, the milk is frothed. The other type of frother is a mini “wand” that is hand held and operated by batteries. The wand is placed in the heated milk, and frothing occurs rapidly as the wand spins. Bodum, BonJour and Aerolatte are common manufacturers of these products.


Espresso/Cappuccino Machine
Use steamer nozzle on machine according to manufacturer’s instructions. Best results occur with a stainless steel pitcher that has been chilled in the refrigerator.



Low-fat and fat-free milk actually steam and froth the best. For a tasty twist, try steaming low-fat chocolate or other flavored milks – an easy way to make a gourmet hot chocolate! Very cold milk froths up the best. The final result should be smooth and thick, with small bubbles. (Overheating the milk will destroy the froth.)

Flavors and Mix-in Ideas

Syrups come in an array of flavors, such as Caramel, Raspberry, Hazelnut, Créme de Menthe, Almond, Vanilla and Blackberry, among many others. Sugar-free varieties and fun flavors such as Pumpkin Spice, Pomegranate and Cheesecake are also available.

Other mix-in ideas include: extracts (vanilla, almond, mint, etc.); honey; maple syrup; peanut butter; cookie crumbles; spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, etc.) and flavored seltzers (similar to an egg cream!)


A good rule of thumb is to use 3 to 4 tablespoons (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 ounces) of syrup per 1 cup of milk for flavor. Add syrup to cold milk, then steam.

For a finishing touch, top steamer with whipped cream, cocoa powder, candy sprinkles, mint, cinnamon sticks or brown sugar.

Milk Steamer Entertaining

Here are some tips and suggestions on party and holiday steamer fun!


After Dinner Drinks with a Twist
Feature low-fat milk steamers flavored with liqueurs such as Kahlua®, Amaretto, Frangelico® or Bailey’s® Irish Cream. Mix one shot in a cup of cold milk then steam. Serve in Irish coffee glasses or other elegant glass mugs. For alcohol-free drinks, use alcohol-flavored syrups instead of liquor and make “mocktails.”

Baby or Bridal Shower ‘Steam’
A terrific beverage for mom-to-be (and her friends), steamers contain no caffeine but are chock full of calcium for mom and baby. Make pink steamers with raspberry or strawberry flavored syrups and blue steamers with blackberry syrup. Toast a new bride at her shower or reception with white steamers made with light-colored syrups like vanilla and almond.


‘Drink Your Dessert’ Buffet
Provide stainless steel pitchers of steamed milk on a buffet table, along with an array of elegantly flavored syrups like hazelnut, almond and caramel. Use easy-to-find syrup pumps for quick dispensing. Serve with biscotti or other cookies for dunking.


Fall Flavors
Rich flavors like pumpkin, chai, caramel and apple are perfect for autumn. Warm up with a steamer after apple picking or at your next tailgate. For a nutritious treat, serve steamers at your Halloween party before sending the trick-or-treaters out into the chilly air.


Teen ‘Sleepover’ Party
Create a hip “coffeehouse” in your kitchen by serving low-fat steamed milk and mix-ins that teens will love, like chocolate chips, peanut butter, candy sprinkles and whipped cream. Mix with “shots” of decaffeinated coffee to make them feel even more sophisticated!

Tis’ the Season
Welcome your holiday guests and invite the carolers in from the cold with a warm, delicious steamer. Include seasonal favorites like peppermint, eggnog and butterscotch rum.

Milk Steamer Recipes

Try these delicious recipes or experiment and make up some of your own!

Milk Steamer Nutrition Information

Most of us know that milk is high in calcium. Just one cup of milk provides one of the 3-Every-Day™ of Dairy servings your body needs for stronger bones and overall health. But did you know that milk steamers and lattes also contain the following nutrients?

Nutrient Aids Our Bodies In: Amount found in milk
  • Building and repairing muscles
  • Optimizing recovery from injury
  • Providing energy for exercise
There is more protein in one cup of milk than the amount found in one egg.
  • Regulation of body fluids
  • Maintaining proper blood pressure
One cup of milk has the same amount of potassium as in a banana or a glass of orange juice.
Vitamin D
  • Calcium absorption
  • Bone mineralization
Milk products are one of the few food sources containing Vitamin D.
  • B-vitamin
  • Needed to convert food to energy
One glass of milk is a good source of riboflavin.
  • Fuel for the body
One cup of milk has about the same amount of calories as a slice of bread.
  • Vital for keeping the body hydrated
One glass of milk is nearly 90 percent water.

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