Yes, lavender in your coffee.
Seems odd that something so light and florally would pair well with coffee, but it does. It just works (and according to my husband, it’ll probably work in tea, too). If you don’t believe me, then you’ve gotta try it yourself! It’s stupid easy to make, and I’m gonna show you how to craft a homemade latte.
So forget that Starbucks does’t offer this wonder-in-a-cup drink. You don’t need no stinking Starbucks. But to make your own lavender syrup, you DO need the following (original recipe via A Beautiful Mess):
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 1/2 C granulated sugar*
- 1 C water
- 1 Tbs lavender buds**
- Fine mesh strainer
Yields 1 C. of syrup.
*The original recipe calls for brown sugar only, but your syrup will be thicker and have a deeper flavor if you use half brown and half granulated.
**I bought 3 Tbs of lavender buds from Central Market’s bulk section for 60 cents. It’s basically free, people.
1. Simmer the sugars, water, and lavender buds in a small sauce pan for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
It’s done when the sugar is dissolved and the liquid feels like a thinner version of maple syrup between your fingers.
2. Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer, and discard the lavender buds. At this point, they’ve seen better days.
3. Let the syrup cool, and store in an air-tight container. I’m unsure of the syrup’s shelf-life. Some recipes say a month, others say six months. This is my first time making syrups, so I can’t help ya there.
See? Easy peasy. Now put that syrup to use:
DIY Lavender Latte
- strong coffee or espresso (I use coffee)
- approx. 1/4 C half and half
- 1 tsp. (or to taste) lavender coffee syrup
- aerolatte milk frother (immersion blender works too, but I recommend you invest in the milk frother)
- medium size mug
- Heat the half and half in microwave for approx. 45 seconds or until hot.
- Froth the half and half for 45-60 seconds.
- Grab your mug and assemble the latte in this order: syrup, coffee, half and half (when you pour the half and half, hold back the foam with a spoon; then top off the latte with the foam).
Booyah. Homemade lavender latte. You’re welcome.
Got any DIY coffee or syrup recipes you wanna share? Leave me a comment! I’d love to see how others make theirs. 🙂