How to Froth Milk Without Any Special Equipment

How to Froth Milk on the Stovetop

I pretty much consider coffee to be one of life’s greatest simple pleasures, and over the past year, that’s evolved from a love of coffee in general to a love of lattes in particular.

My husband surprised me with an inexpensive latte maker last year, and while it makes a tasty espresso, the milk steamer/frother is just meh. (And I actually just replaced the latte maker, but more on that another day!)

For a while I tried just adding cold milk to my espresso, but lukewarm lattes aren’t quite as tasty as their hot counterparts, and I began looking into alternatives for steaming and frothing my milk.

However, the reviews on pretty much every device out there are iffy, and I just couldn’t bring myself to add one more kitchen gadget to my cabinets, so I started heating my milk in a saucepan.

I then realized I didn’t even have to sacrifice my froth. It turns out that you can get milk pretty frothy with a good ol’ fashioned whisk, and while it may not be perfect coffee house froth, it’s definitely good enough to serve at home.

Every afternoon I sit and sip one of these cinnamon lattes…with extra foam, please!

Cinnamon Latte

Cinnamon Latte Recipe


  • 8 oz. coffee or espresso
  • 6 oz. milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • sugar or stevia to taste


Add cinnamon stick and sweetener to your favorite mug. Brew your coffee or espresso and immediately pour into the mug.

In a small saucepan, heat milk over medium low until steaming. Whisk briskly and then pour over coffee.

Optional: If you prefer, heat your milk in the microwave instead of the stovetop.


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