This Lavender Latte is creamy, floral, and delicious. It's somehow calming and energizing all at the same time.
Buzzy espresso, creamy milk, and herbaceous lavender syrup come together to create a seriously tasty and cozy latte. If you're a lavender lover, you'll be a huge fan of this drink.
🌟 Why You'll Love This Recipe
It's delicious. Lavender plays so well with coffee and milk flavors. I was surprised, too!
It's easy to make. If you can steam milk and brew espresso, you can make this recipe.
It's not your typical latte. Lavender isn't the most typical latte flavor, but it is lovely!
💭 What is a Lavender Latte?
Before we get into that, maybe we should start with the question...
What is a latte?
A latte is an Italian coffee beverage made with espresso and steamed milk. The Italian term caffè latte literally translates to "coffee and milk." While Italian purists will likely only add some sugar, if anything at all, you can also sweeten and flavor your latte with a wide variety of flavored syrups.
Additionally, in the United States, you can order your latte either hot or iced, whereas you'll likely only find the hot version in Italy.
A Lavender Latte is...
Just a latte that has been flavored with lavender syrup!
- Espresso: Make your espresso using whatever method you prefer: espresso machine, Moka pot, AeroPress, French press... I use my Nespresso Vertuo machine.
- Lavender syrup: You can use either homemade lavender syrup or store bought syrup. If you go the store bought route, I like Torani.
- Milk: I've used 2% and whole cow's milk, as well as oat milk, in lattes with great success. My advice is to use whatever you like. However, I'd avoid cream or half and half.
- Garnish: I floated a fresh lavender flower on top of my latte, but you could also use dried lavender.
👩🏻🍳 How do you make a Lavender Latte?
To start, you'll brew a double shot of espresso by whatever means you prefer. As mentioned above, I use my Nespresso Vertuo machine to make my espresso.
Next, add your homemade lavender syrup (store bought will work, too) to the brewed espresso.
After that, you'll want to warm and froth your milk. I use the milk frother that comes with my Nespresso. Don't have one? No problem! This article can give you a few options for how to froth milk. Once your milk has been frothed, pour it carefully into your prepared (and sweetened) espresso. Be sure to float some of the foam on top of the espresso!
Last, all you'll need to do (and this isn't mandatory) is garnish your mug with a little fresh or dried lavender. It lets the drinker know what sort of flavor to expect when they take their first sip. Plus, it's pretty!
🔗 Other coffee and latte recipes
Looking for more coffee recipes? Peruse the photos and links below to find a new favorite!
- Iced Ube Latte from Masala and Chai
- Iced Latte with Boba from Coffee at Three
- Iced Mocha Latte from The Littlest Crumb
❓ FAQs/Tips and Tricks
You have a couple of other options: Use some really strong coffee (probably the next best choice if actual espresso isn't an option) or instant espresso (not the first recommended choice, but could work in a pinch).
I have used oat milk (Oatly full fat and Chobani Extra Creamy; my preferences), 2% cow's milk, and whole cow's milk. All have worked very well. Though I haven't tried it, I imagine that almond milk would work well, too. My one recommendation would be to consider avoiding cream and/or half and half, if only from a calorie perspective.
You have a number of options here. You can use a milk frother (like this one that came with my Nespresso), or this stick frother). If using a stick frother, you'll need to heat the milk before frothing. The one that comes with the Nespresso heats and froths at the same time. You can even use a French Press or a whisk! This post can tell you more.
You sure can. Follow the instructions in my Iced Latte recipe, adding the lavender syrup in Step 3.
I'd love to know what you thought of this recipe! Don't forget to leave a comment and ⭐️ star rating below!
- 2 shots espresso about 3 ounces
- 1 ounce lavender simple syrup
- 4 ounces milk see notes
- fresh or dried lavender for garnish (optional)
- Brew your espresso according to your preferred method. Add the lavender simple syrup to the espresso.
- Warm and froth the milk. Pour it into the espresso, being careful to end with the light foam on top of the drink.
- Garnish with a fresh lavender flower or dried lavender buds, if desired.
- Use whatever milk you prefer. I've used oat, 2%, and whole milk.
- Extra strong coffee can be used as a substitute for espresso.
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is a generated estimate and is not guaranteed to be accurate.