The Lutito, a warming orange and cinnamon spiced latte, is a beloved fall/winter specialty drink at our cafes in Nashville. Originally dubbed ‘L’orange’, this drink graced our menu in the very early Crema days. But, it was not so beloved back then and hardly anyone ordered it, except for one of our regulars at the time. So, as a semi-joke, we brought it back as ‘The Lutito’ (his last name) and, as it turns out, that was all that drink needed to cement it as an all-time Crema favorite. 

And in case you needed proof that it is, in fact, loved by so many, here’s what some folks have said about it:

“11/10 🙌😍
“Yay!!! This one is my fav!”

“Ohhhhhh yes 😍

“It’s SO GOOD!!!!”

“Can’t get enough of it. So scrumptious”

And lastly:

Well, we're (kind of) giving the people what they want! We're hooking you up with the make-it-at-home version so you can enjoy The Lutito all year long.


1 c. water

1 c. brown sugar

3 small cinnamon sticks, broken in half

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

½ orange

⅛ tsp salt


  1. Zest ½ an orange. Remove pith (white fibrous part), then cube the flesh.

  2. In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar over medium-high heat. 

  3. Add halved cinnamon sticks, orange zest, orange flesh and salt. Stir to combine.

  4. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes. You want the syrup to reduce by about half. (The longer it simmers/reduces, the more the flavors will pop!)

  5. Remove from heat, let cool, then strain with a fine mesh sieve. 

  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


Combine 20 ml — a little less than 2 TBSPs — of syrup with a shot of espresso (we love using Tres Banderas). Mix well.


  • Pour espresso + syrup mixture into a mug. 
  • Steam (or heat, then froth) about one cup milk of choice. 
  • Pour the milk into the espresso mixture. Use our latte art guide for tips and tricks on pouring!


  • Pour espresso + syrup mixture into a 16 oz glass. 
  • Add about one cup of milk of choice.
  • Top with ice.

Need some guidance on making espresso? If you have an espresso machine, take a look at our espresso brewing guide. No machine? No problem! Make a surprisingly lovely dupe of an espresso with our guide for AeroPress Espresso.

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