Waking up to a fresh cup of coffee is somewhat of a tradition in my home. I prefer a strong brew, so you’ll rarely see me turn down an espresso or two, especially at the beginning of a long work day. Recently though, I’ve developed a taste for flavored lattes, and this recipe for making a lavender latte (with homemade lavender simple syrup!) has been on repeat almost every day.
The combination of coffee and lavender may sound a little unusual to some, and even for me, it took a little getting used to the idea. Once I tasted it though, I was absolutely hooked. The lavender flavor is actually pretty mild, so don’t expect floral notes to resonate all throughout your cup. It adds just a hint of flavor that I think all coffee lovers would be able to appreciate, especially when paired with certain types of coffee beans.
Before getting into the coffee beans though, let’s get into what makes this lavender latte recipe so flavorful. A latte is typically made with a shot of espresso and steamed milk. Compared to a cappuccino which has a stronger coffee flavor, a latte contains more milk, so the coffee flavor is less pronounced. For this recipe, we’ll be using about 6 ounces of strong coffee instead of espresso. The reason being, not everyone has an espresso machine at home, so the recipe calls for regular brewed coffee instead.
Our Version of ‘Milky Coffee’ with a Lavender Twist
Coffee is widely consumed all over the world for its taste, aroma, and of course, its stimulating effect. It contains hundreds of compounds and has been studied extensively, with evidence pointing to many health benefits such as reduced risk of diabetes and stroke. When consumed in moderation, coffee has been shown to help prevent several chronic diseases such as liver disease and diabetes. (1)
Since lattes are considered ‘milky coffees,’ this recipe wouldn’t be complete without some form of milk. You could use dairy milk if you wish, but I prefer using almond milk for all my lattes. Aside from the delicious nutty flavor the almond milk provides, I find that it froths up quite well thanks to its higher fat content. In fact, coffee aficionados find it comparable to dairy milk, so it has become more popular in cafes for those who follow a plant-based diet. Aside from frothing potential, almond milk offers many health benefits such as improved memory retention, reduce bad cholesterol, and improve blood lipid profiles. (2, 3)
All About Lavender
Lavender is purported to have a wide range of properties and uses, from treating burns to inducing relaxation. However, there is growing evidence that shows how lavender oil may be an effective form of treatment for some neurological disorders. Both animal and human studies have reinforced the analgesic, sedative, mood stabilizing and anxiolytic effects of lavender, so it makes sense why it is such a popular ingredient for anti-stress/calming recipes. (6)
How to Make Lavender Simple Syrup
This guide by The Spruce Eats is an excellent resource if you want to make your own lavender simple syrup at home. Simple syrup is just another name for sugar syrup, so don’t be intimidated by this at all! It’s actually so easy and requires just 3 ingredients–water, fresh or dried lavender and sugar.
Putting It All Together
Once you have all the ingredients, all that’s left to do is combine! The coffee and lavender simple syrup go in your mug first. You’ll want to froth the almond milk in a separate container since it goes on top of the coffee and lavender simple syrup mixture. If you were to mix the almond milk in at the beginning and tried to froth it with the coffee and lavender simple syrup, it will not froth up at all.
If this is your first time making homemade lattes and lavender in general, don’t worry. We’ve put together a list of commonly asked questions we get regarding this specific recipe. Feel free to ask any other questions you may have in the comments section, too.
Is It Safe to Drink This Lavender Latte Everyday?
If you like this recipe as much as I do, don’t worry–I have good news for you. You can, indeed, drink this lavender latte everyday. Studies show that adults can consume up to 3-4 cups of coffee without health risks. (7) While I would not recommend drinking 3-4 cups a day just to err on the safe side, one cup a day should be perfectly fine.
Of course, if you’re at risk for any cardiovascular diseases, please seek advice from a medical professional to know what is recommended for you.
I Don’t Have a Milk Frother. What Can I Use Instead?
This recipe calls for either steamed almond milk or frothed almond milk. If you don’t have a milk frother at home, you’re in luck because there are a handful of ways to froth your milk:
- Shaking in a Jar – Simply place your warm milk in a mason jar and shake away! This method isn’t the best for latte art since it creates larger bubbles, but it works all the same.
- Use a whisk – Like with the jar-shaking method, you’ll want to place your warm milk in a container. With a whisk, use back and forth motions until the milk starts to froth up.
- Use a frothing wand – A frothing wand is an inexpensive tool that you can buy online or in many kitchenware stores. Simply submerge the wand in your milk and turn on the frothing function.
As you can see, if there’s a will, there’s a way. You can experiment with different methods to create various textures in your milk.
Can I Add an Espresso Shot Instead of 6 Oz of Coffee?
Typically, lattes are made with a shot of espresso and steamed milk. I opted to use regular brewed coffee for this recipe because I felt that it was easier for people to follow since not everyone has an espresso machine at home. However, if you have an espresso machine at home, then feel free to use an espresso shot for this recipe. You may want to adjust the milk content as well, since an espresso shot is only one ounce.
(You may also like: 2-Ingredient Lavender Simple Syrup for Lemonade, Cocktails and Coffee)Print
Comforting and Cozy Homemade Lavender Latte (Recipe for the Soul)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 7 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
- 6 oz warm strong coffee
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp lavender simple syrup
- dried lavender flowers for garnish (optional)
- Add the coffee and lavender simple syrup to a mug or a glass and stir to combine.
- Steam or froth the almond milk and pour on top of coffee.
- Sprinkle with dried lavender (if using) and serve.
More Soothing Lavender Recipes:
- The Most Refreshing Citrus Lavender Cocktail Ever (ermahgerd!)
- DIY Lavender Bath Salts To Try In Your Next Bath (After a Stressful Day)
- Calming Lavender-Infused Water Recipe to Relax Your Mind
- Homemade Lavender Lotion to Get Rid of Stress and Keep Yourself Calm
- Homemade Fudgy Lavender Brownies (Quick and Easy Recipe)