Bring the café home by making your own lavender lattes. A simple homemade lavender syrup means you can add as much or little sweetener as you like! Use your preferred milk to make a perfectly creamy dairy free coffee, for a simple and delicious recipe you can make at home with just a few ingredients and no fancy tools.
Just coffee, your milk of choice, and lavender syrup.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Lavender syrup: I use this homemade 3 ingredient lavender syrup but you could use store-bought if preferred. Cocktail shops often sell lavender simple syrup.
- Coffee: use a shot of your favourite espresso or strong coffee.
- Milk: I usually opt for oat milk, but use your favourite milk. Choose one that's unsweetened and unflavoured so that it doesn't compete with the syrup.
Step by Step
This can be ready in less than 5 minutes if you've already made the lavender syrup (it lasts a few months in the fridge), and you can use any coffee maker or press you like.
Step 1: add the espresso to your preferred coffee maker and add just enough water to make a strong shot of coffee.
Step 2: let the coffee steep until ready.
Step 3: add the lavender syrup and ice if desired.
Step 4: pour hot or cold milk over the drink and serve.
- Use the syrup elsewhere: if you make lavender syrup for this latte, try using in other drinks like an earl grey latte or a gin and soda. You can even use the syrup as a soak for cakes.
- Choose a milk you like: I always use a creamy dairy free milk like soy or oat as I find almond milk not rich enough in a latte.
- Make it before bed: opt for decaf coffee if you want a bedtime nightcap latte!
- No espresso maker, no problem: if you don't have an espresso maker, try using an AeroPress, Moka pot, or Keurig to make a shot. You can also make strong coffee with a French press or drip machine by just using less water. Alternatively, you can use some store bought cold brew.
Storage and Make Ahead
Make Ahead: if you want to make an iced version a head of time, do not ice the espresso. Instead combine the espresso, milk, and lavender syrup together and refrigerate until chilled.
Storage: I don't really recommend storing this, but you can use cold-brew coffee and mix an iced version with chilled coffee.
Is all lavender edible?
Use true lavender (also called English lavender) in this recipe as it is edible and best for baking. You can find it fresh (look for plants that are specifically labeled as edible) or dry in herbalist stores or online.
What does a lavender latte taste like?
It tastes like a typical latte, like milky coffee, but with a hint of lavender. You don't want to add too much of the lavender syrup as it tends to taste soapy when overdone.
Does a lavender latte make you sleepy?
If you make it with decaf coffee, it might, as lavender does make some people a little more relaxed. For something purposely relaxing, try my lavender milk latte. With regular coffee it will act just as any other latte would.
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Dreamy Lavender Latte
- 1 espresso maker or way to make strong coffee
- 1 milk steamer for a hot version
- 1 ice cube tray for an iced version
- 2 shots espresso or ⅔ cup strong coffee
- 1 cup hot milk if using strong coffee reduce to ½ cup milk
- 1-2 tablespoons lavender syrup
- Begin by making the coffee. You'll want a double shot of espresso or ⅔ of a cup strong coffee.2 shots espresso
- Next, heat the milk. Use your favourite method—steamer, microwave, or a stovetop. If you want an iced latte, skip this step and add cold milk to you glass, then top with some ice.1 cup hot milk
- Add the coffee, lavender syrup, and warmed milk to your mug. Taste and add more syrup of needed.1-2 tablespoons lavender syrup
- If you make lavender syrup for this latte, try using in other drinks like an earl grey latte or a gin and soda. You can even use the syrup as a soak for cakes.
- I like to use a creamy dairy free milk like soy or oat as I find aloud milk not rich enough in a latte.
- If you want to make an iced version a head of time, do not ice the espresso—instead combine the espresso, milk, and lavender syrup together and refrigerate until chilled.