Make your own Lavender Latte at home without any fancy equipment! Easy homemade lavender syrup gives this latte its floral flavors, perfect for a relaxing morning.
Whew, how is everyone recovering from their long weekend? Those weekends throw me off, what about you? The weather is warming up again, but the last week has been super rainy and grey here in Seattle. That was what got me thinking about this lavender latte. Actually, the idea was first put into my head by my friend Meg who commented on my Lavender Collins that she had been drinking lavender lattes lately. I’ve been a big fan of making my own syrups for coffee for years, and have several recipes on the blog including Vanilla, Autumn Spice and Gingerbread, so of course I wanted to try this right away! I already had the syrup on hand from the Lavender Collins so making this was a snap. And how about that multitasking syrup, huh? Lavender in the morning, lavender in the evening.
There is something about a rainy, grey day that makes sipping on this lavender latte extra cozy. Bonus points if you can wear leggings and listen to a relaxing playlist. And hey, guess what!?! I have a playlist for you! It has been awhile since I shared a playlist on the blog, right? I have actually been making them every month for the last few months with the intention of sharing them, but so far haven’t gotten that far. I’ve been thinking about doing a monthly recap post where I share some highlights of the month, the top recipes, maybe a few things around the web that I am currently into, and possibly a playlist. Not sure if that is something you all would be into, but I might do it soon and see what you think. In the meantime, please enjoy this playlist with a lavender latte, preferably while wearing leggings. (Scroll to the bottom of this post for the playlist!)
A few notes about this recipe: I don’t have an espresso machine, so I use an inexpensive Bialetti Moka Pot. It is a stovetop espresso maker and is one of my favorite ways to make coffee at home. In order to make the foam for the latte, I do this easy trick: Pour the milk or half and half into a mason jar, warm up in the microwave for 30 seconds. Screw on the lid and shake it until foamy (not too long, you don’t want to turn it into butter!). Be sure to screw the lid on tightly or you might have a milk explosion (it has happened to me). That is it! No need to have a crazy expensive espresso machine to enjoy this latte!
For The Lavender Latte:
- 8 ounces strong coffee
- 1/4 cup half and half or milk of choice
- 2 tablespoons lavender syrup recipe below
- dried lavender for garnish if desired
For The Lavender Syrup:
- ¼ cup dried lavender
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons water
To Make The Lavender Syrup
- Add 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup lavender to a sauce pan, bring to a boil. Simmer for about 3 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to steep for 20 minutes. Strain out flowers and discard.
- In a clean saucepan, add 1/2 cup of sugar and 3 tablespoons water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, then stir in lavender liquid. Whisk until fully combined, remove from heat and allow to cool. Transfer to storage container and keep in the fridge.
To Make The Lavender Latte:
- Place milk into a microwave safe jar and heat for about 30 seconds, until warm. Tightly screw lid onto jar and shake for a few seconds, until milk is foamy.
- Place 2 tablespoons of lavender syrup in a mug. Pour hot, strong coffee over syrup. Top with foamy milk. Garnish with dried lavender, if desired.
Lavender Syrup from Food and Wine
Enjoy this playlist that I made for you while sipping your Lavender Latte!
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