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Lavender Latte | Kara Lydon

Lavender Latte | Kara Lydon

The coziest coffee drink! This lavender latte is made with espresso, your milk of choice, and sweetened with a quick and easy-to-make lavender simple syrup.Lavender Latte | Kara Lydon

Why I Love This Recipe

Warm, grounding and oh so cozy, this latte is perfect for a slow morning or when you just need a peaceful moment to yourself.

I’m an avid tea drinker but I’m also a sucker for a mid-afternoon latte. I really do love the taste of coffee. Even more so, I love the haunting aroma of coffee. A latte around 2pm is just what I need to rally for the remainder of the workday. I also love a latte on a cozy weekend when I’m curled up with a good book!

Adding culinary dried lavender to your latte (or any recipe for that matter) tastes and smells amazing. And there’s something really cozy about recipes that call for lavender. Like this latte – SO. COZY.

You can make this recipe with regular milk or any non-dairy milk, depending on your preferences. Any milk you choose should provide that creamy, smooth texture we know and love from lattes when frothed. Although I personally love regular milk and oat milk the best!

Enjoy this cozy latte as we brave the last weeks of winter and start approaching spring! Floral flavors always make me think of springtime temps and blooms. Get excited! 

Ingredients You’ll Need

graphic of ingredients for lavender latte on marble surface with black text overlay.

Notes on Ingredients

water: works with the sugar to create a simple syrup. 

sugar: second ingredient alongside water in making a simple syrup. 

dried lavender: the star of the show! You can purchase culinary grade lavender from major online retailers.

espresso: any espresso or strong coffee will work here. I used one Nespresso pod.

milk: your milk of choice! I personally love using regular milk or oat milk – especially the barista variety!

Equipment You’ll Need (affiliate links – if you make a purchase I receive a small commission)

Small saucepan

How to Make a Lavender Latte

step by step graphic of how to make lavender syrup.

To make the lavender syrup:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a simmer over medium-low heat.
  2. Add sugar and lavender and stir until sugar is fully dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature (about 25-30 minutes).
  4. Using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth, strain syrup, discarding lavender buds. Store syrup in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

step by step graphic of how to make lavender latte.

To make the latte:

  1. Make the espresso and pour into a small mug.
  2. Stir lavender syrup into espresso.
  3. Steam the milk using an espresso machine or heat the milk then froth it using a milk frother or whisk.
  4. Pour the milk into the espresso and top with a little foam. Optional: garnish with extra lavender buds. 

Expert Tips

  1. I usually add 1 tablespoon of lavender syrup to the espresso when making this latte for myself, but feel free to adjust according to your sweetness taste preferences
  2. This recipe yields 1 cup of the simple syrup. It is wonderful used in lavender flavored cocktails too!
  3. It’s hard to find culinary grade lavender in the grocery store but most major online retailers (think Amazon, Walmart, etc.) sell it. 

two lavender lattes in grey mugs on wood board topped with foam and garnished with lavender buds

Storage and Preparation

Lavender syrup can be stored in an airtight bottle or container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Recipes That Pair Well

Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

Veggie Egg Bites

Oat Flour Banana Bread

Almond Butter Protein Balls

Asparagus Leek Quiche

lavender latte in white mug with fresh foam and lavender buds on top.

For more beverage inspiration, check out my other recipes below!

Pomegranate Smoothie

Refreshing Rhubarb Cocktail with Gin and Strawberries

Wild Blueberry Turmeric Zinger Smoothie

Blood Orange Gin Fizz

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This recipe was retested, reshot and revamped to bring you the most delicious (and most beautiful) dish! The original post was published March 2018.

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Description

The coziest coffee drink! This lavender latte is made with espresso, your milk of choice, and sweetened with a quick and easy-to-make lavender simple syrup.


For the lavender syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup dried (culinary grade) lavender

For the latte:

  • 12 shots espresso (or 4 ounces strong coffee)
  • 6 ounces milk or non-dairy milk alternative
  • 1 tablespoon lavender syrup


For the lavender syrup:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a simmer over medium-low heat. Add sugar and lavender and stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature (about 25-30 minutes). Using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth, strain syrup, discarding lavender buds. Store syrup in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

For the latte:

  1. Make the espresso using an espresso machine, manual espresso maker, or French press. Pour into a small mug.
  2. Stir the lavender simple syrup into the espresso.
  3. Steam the milk using an espresso machine or heat the milk then froth it using a milk frother or whisk.
  4. Pour the milk into the espresso ending with a little foam.
  5. Optional: garnish with extra lavender buds.

Notes

  1. This recipe yields 8 ounces simple syrup.
  2. For a sweeter latte, you can increase the syrup according to taste preferences.
  3. You can purchase culinary grade lavender from major online retailers.

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Category: Beverage

Keywords: lavender latte, latte with lavender syrup