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Lavender Latte Recipe

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Once you learn how to make a lavender latte at home, you’ll definitely feel like your very own barista. Not only is this lavender latte recipe made with just a few simple ingredients (very similar to my dirty chai latte, iced matcha latte, and sweet cream cold foam), but it also takes just a few minutes to make. Oh, and perhaps most importantly, it’s BEYOND delicious. Slightly floral, slightly sweet – the flavors work so well together. Try the iced lavender cream matcha with leftover lavender syrup! Here’s how to make a classic latte or classic cappuccino if you’re looking for the basics.

Serve your lavender latte with an equally delicious breakfast – try it alongside homemade brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal, creamy scrambled eggs, salmon lox and bagels, or a steak and egg breakfast sandwich.

Mug of lavender latte with a hand holding mug.

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes

What You’ll Love About this Lavender Latte

  • Light lavender and floral flavor
  • Made with just 3 ingredients
  • Takes just a few minutes to make
  • Upscale coffee shop drink at home
  • Lots of options for variations

Ingredients

  • Espresso – Grab your favorite coffee beans in an espresso roast. I use a few different varieties, which are all local to me, so they are the freshest beans. The espresso roasts are designed to be paired with milk. Since I love light roast coffee, I will also sometimes experiment with a lighter, more subtle roast, and I love that too.
  • Milk -We stock whole milk, so that’s what I use for my coffee drinks, but you can really use whatever your favorite milk is. Cow’s milk has a naturally sweet flavor and gives a little protein boost but you can also use oat milk, almond milk, or any other non-dairy milk alternative. I would recommend using the “barista versions” of the milk alternatives.
  • Lavender syrup – I’ll show you how to make your own lavender syrup (just 3 ingredients) or you can buy your own.
Ingredients to make lavender latte recipe with spoon.

How to Make Lavender Latte

This is an overview on how to make a lavender latte, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

Make lavender syrup. If you’re making your own syrup, see instructions below. If you’re buying it, you are ready!
Saucepan with lavender simple syrup steeping.
Prep espresso. If you’re using an espresso maker, you’ll need to grind your beans and rake and tamp grounds so you can make the espresso right after steaming the milk. Add the lavender syrup if using to your mug so it’s ready to go.
Espresso handle with ground coffee beans.
Steam milk. When you are making a latte, you want just a touch of thicker foam, but most velvety smooth steamed milk. The microbubbles can be made by creating a whirlpool effect by holding the steam wand into the milk pitcher at an angle. Be careful to not foam too much milk at the surface of the milk (this creates a stiffer foam like we use in a cappuccino), you want the wand submerged.
Milk being steamed.
Brew espresso. Once your milk is steamed, you’ll want to quickly brew your shots of espresso. You can brew it in a shot glass or right into your mug.
Assemble latte. Holding cup at an angle, slowly pour milk into mug over espresso. Finish with the thin layer of foam.
Mugs of lavender lattes.

How to Make Lavender Syrup

Here’s how to make the lavender syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup dried lavender flowers (culinary-grade lavender buds)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract (totally optional, but gives a great lavender vanilla flavor)
Ingredients to make lavender syrup.
  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, stir in lavender flowers and let cool. 
  2. Strain out lavender flowers with a fine mesh strainer (I used a coffee filter) and your lavender simple syrup ready to use.  
Hand holding pitcher with lavender syrup pouring into coffee mug.

How to use lavender simple syrup

You’ll obviously love this lavender syrup for latte drinks, but you can also use it in place of the vanilla syrup in this sweet cream cold foam for a lavender cold foam (YUM!) as well as use in cocktails, mock-tails, or lemonade.

How to store

Store the syrup in the refrigerator for about 3-4 weeks.

FAQs

What is a lavender latte made of?

This lavender latte is a classic combination of espresso, steamed milk, a touch of foam, and lavender simple syrup.

Is lavender good in coffee?

Yes! It adds a subtle floral flavor to the coffee. But if you don’t like lavender or floral flavors (not everyone does!), stick with a classic latte.

How to steam milk without a steam wand

Coffee shops use a professional grade steam wand and many at-home espresso makers also have a steam wand to use. But, if you don’t have one of those, you have other options. The easiest way is to use a frothing pitcher but if you don’t have one of those, gently warm your milk and then use a handheld milk frother or a mason jar (with lid!) and shake the warm milk until it’s a bit frothy. It won’t be a traditional latte, but it will still be simple, creamy and delicious.

How to make a latte at home without a machine

I haven’t personally made a latte at home without a machine, but this article outlines how you can use an aero press, moka pot, or even a French press to make espresso at home. You could also use strong coffee for a similar alternative.

Lavender Latte Variations

  • Lavender Oat Milk Latte – Swap out the milk for your favorite oat milk (barista blend if it’s available). You can also use almond, coconut, or soy milk. Barista blend milks will work better as they are designed to froth similarly to cow’s milk.
  • Iced Lavender Latte – Iced lattes are made almost the same but we’re putting everything over ice. Brew a shot of espresso over ice or use cold brew and stir in lavender syrup with milk to taste. Top with cold foam.
  • Honey Lavender Latte – You can also make honey lavender syrup with honey instead of white sugar. It’s made with a 1:1 water-to-honey ratio.
Mug of lavender latte with lavender flower garnish.

What to Serve with Your Latte

All this latte needs is a satisfying breakfast, coffee does not count as breakfast! 🙂

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Description

Learn how to make a lavender latte at home! This lavender latte recipe takes just a few minutes + 3 ingredients.  


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 12 shots espresso
  • 6 oz. steamed milk
  • 1/21 oz. lavender syrup (1-2 tablespoons)

Instructions

  1. Make lavender syrup (recipe above) or you can buy it.
  2. Pour lavender syrup into mug. 
  3. Prep espresso if necessary. 
  4. Steam milk for latte – mostly microfoam steamed milk with a small layer of foam.
  5. Brew espresso right over the syrup into mug and gently stir.
  6. Pour steamed milk into mug and top with foam.


Notes

  • Nutrition facts are for: 1 shot espresso, 8 oz. whole milk, 1/2 oz. (1 tablespoon) lavender syrup
  • You can also buy lavender syrup here

Keywords: lavender latte, lavender latte recipe, how to make a lavender latte

Food styling and photography by Loren Runion.

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