Vanilla Lavender Latte ~ this warming drink is made with vanilla bean and lavender buds for a soothing way to start or end a busy day.
After I posted a shot of my lavender latte on Instagram last week so many of you asked me for the recipe, so I’m sharing it today. It’s a simple, soothing recipe for whenever life gets a little overwhelming. I discovered the combination at a local coffee shop and I’ve been sipping it every day since, it’s soothing and so unique. Don’t be afraid of the lavender, it’s really quite subtle, and the combination with the vanilla bean is lovely.
Other warm fuzzy drinks you don’t want to miss ~
Ingredient spotlight: culinary grade lavender
Culinary lavender is grown specifically for eating and cooking, and your best bet is to buy it online. Lavender is an herb, and while all varieties are edible, some taste better than others. You don’t want to risk consuming any plant that has been treated with chemicals or pesticides, so always look for lavender that is labeled as ‘culinary grade’, or grow your own! Both the leaves and the buds can be used in recipes.
Lattes traditionally don’t involve frothed milk, but I love the texture so I usually froth mine. I love my little Nespresso frother, it’s quick and easy. But if you don’t have one, no worries, you can froth milk easily without any special gadgets ~
How to froth milk without a frother ~
Pour milk into a mason jar. Close the lid tightly and shake vigorously for a full minute.
Remove the lid and put in the microwave, on high, for 30 seconds.
Your milk it hot and frothed and ready to use.
Note: dairy milk, specifically low or non fat dairy milk, froths the best, but you can also use almond or soy.
Vanilla Lavender Latte
- 1/2 cup hot coffee or espresso
- 1/2 cup milk, low fat is perfect (use almond or soy milk for vegan)
- 1 tsp culinary grade lavender buds
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- 1 tsp honey, optional
- lavender buds and/or leaves
- Heat the milk, lavender, seeds of the vanilla bean, and honey (if using) either in the microwave or on the stove, just until it comes to a simmer. Let sit for 5 minutes, then strain.
- Pour hot coffee into a mug, then top with the hot milk. I like to froth the milk before I add it, but that's your choice.
- Garnish with a few lavender buds and enjoy.
Make this vanilla lavender latte your own ~
Skip the coffee for a soothing caffeine-free pm beverage
Questions and Reviews
So you do not need to bring it to a boil first? Just heat enough to simmer? So excited to try this recipe becase another I found was a bust.
You’ll bring the milk to a simmer, not to a boil.
This latte looks like a dream! Love the flavors!
I could just stare at these lovely photos all day! I’m getting relaxed just looking at them 🙂 Such a lovely drink!
This is so pretty and sounds so delish, I’m going to have to try it!
I hear about lavender all the time but have never cooked with it. It’s so pretty and I’ve been very curious about the floral flavor. How long with a bag of lavender keep in the pantry? This sounds lovely
I thought I didn’t like lavender as a flavor until I had this latte. When it’s done subtly it’s really pleasing. Lavender actually keeps very well, at least a year.
I’ll have to try this tomorrow morning. I already have lavender, but can you froth half n half? I have a frothed that goes with my hand mixer. It was working great a while back, now lately, it froths, then poof, it falls flat?. Could the weather cause that? We don’t live in a/c, hot and humid.
You can definitely froth half and half, how decadent! Frothing can be fickle, sometimes it fails for no apparent reason, I would try different types of milk and see if that helps.
Haha, yes, love decadent,but it’s what makes coffee for me. I only have one in the am, so not too bad I hope?
Perfect to have before sleep !
Ok got it thanks!!! Still learning so much here! I’m very excited to try this, of course I can’t use the honey for me, but I have options, LOL!
Is there a code so you get credit in getting the lavender buds on Amazon? I so love this coffee recipe and eager to try it.
Whenever a reader clicks through any of my Amazon links and purchases something I automatically get a very small commission, thanks for asking Berni 🙂