Lavender Latte

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Bring the coffeehouse to your house with this homemade lavender latte recipe! You’ll be surprised and delighted at how easy it is to make your own delicious lavender coffee at home.

Lavender Latte in a clear glass jar with fresh lavender in the background.

 ☕Make Lavender Coffee at Home

I’m a millennial, so according to conventional Twitter wisdom, I must spend all my discretionary money buying avocado toast and overpriced fancy coffees. I can neither confirm nor deny my avocado toast consumption (okay, I eat it a lot) but I can deny spending oodles on fancy coffee — because I like to make my own at home!

Lattes, with their creamy texture and lush milk foam on top, may seem like something best left to the magicians at Starbucks, but they are surprisingly easy to whip up in your own kitchen. And the best part about making your own lattes? Getting to completely customize the flavors! You don’t have to stick to standard vanilla–you can use a variety of simple syrups to flavor your coffee with fruits, herbs, or–as in this case–fresh flowers.

Lavender Latte in a glass, with simple syrup and a vase of fresh lavender in the background.

❔What’s in a Lavender Latte?

Regular lattes are typically made with shots of espresso and steamed milk. To make this sweetly scented lavender version, we’re also adding lavender simple syrup, which is an easy-to-make sugar syrup infused with real lavender flavor. Like making your own flavored syrups? Don’t forget to try out my Cinnamon Syrup!

Skeptics, don’t worry–this drink recipe doesn’t taste like a flower garden, or your grandma’s soap. The lavender flavor isn’t overwhelming. It’s just a light floral undertone that gives this coffee a sophisticated, complex depth of flavor. A little extra sumthin’ sumthin’, if you will.

I think you’ll love this cozy, comforting drink. And if you’re looking for more hot drinks to warm you up, don’t miss our Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate, and –of course!!– Lavender Hot Chocolate!

Lavender Latte in a glass with sprig of fresh lavender on top.

🧾 What You’ll Need

Ingredients

Here’s the ingredients and equipment you’ll need to gather to make this lavender latte. (Links are affiliate links and I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.)

  • Espresso or coffee: Espresso is traditionally used in lattes, so if you have the ability to make espresso, that’s definitely preferred. Failing that, strong coffee is a great substitute.
  • Milk: If you drink dairy, milk with some fat in it (like 2% or whole) works best and froths beautifully. For non-dairy milk options, oat milk is a great substitute. Almond milk also works well!
  • Lavender simple syrup: To flavor and sweeten the latte, you’ll want a small amount of lavender simple syrup. Having this prepped requires a little advanced planning, but once you’ve made a batch, it keeps in the refrigerator for several weeks, so you can enjoy a daily latte with minimal work!
Overhead shot of ingredients needed to make Lavender Lattes.

Equipment

  • Espresso or coffee maker: You have a lot of options for making the espresso in this recipe! If you’re looking to get started on a budget, this countertop espresso machine is a great, affordable choice. You can also make delicious espresso in a French press!
  • Milk frother: If you have a fancy espresso or coffee machine, you might already have a milk frothing attachment. But if you don’t, no worries – milk frothers can be very inexpensive. I use one just like this. I’ve had it for several years and it’s still going strong!

📋 Instructions

Here’s a breakdown of how to make each latte component, and instructions for putting it all together. Printable instructions are included in the recipe card down below.

Lavender syrup in a clear glass jar, with a sprig of fresh lavender tied to the top.

1. Make the Lavender Simple Syrup

Lavender syrup is the key to turning a regular latte into a lavender latte. You’ll want to make the syrup first, since it takes time to infuse the sugar syrup with lavender flavor. It can be made in advance–even on a different day!–and stored in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks, and one batch will provide enough for two dozen lattes.

Here’s the quick and dirty lavender syrup procedure, but you can find much more information and full instructions in our lavender syrup recipe here.

  • Combine lavender buds, water, and sugar in a saucepan.
  • Heat on medium-low heat, stirring regularly, until it comes to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 6-8 minutes to thicken the syrup.
  • Take it off the heat and let it sit for an hour to really absorb the flavor.
  • Strain the lavender buds out of the syrup and transfer to a storage container.

Lavender syrup shortcut:

Not up for making your own lavender syrup? This Monin Lavender Syrup is a delicious, high-quality substitute.

Hand pouring an espresso shot into a clear glass.

2. Make the Espresso (or Coffee)

You have several options for making the espresso in this recipe:

Pouring steamed and frothed milk into a glass of coffee.

3. Steam & Froth the Milk

  • Heat the milk until hot but not boiling.
  • Use a frother (I like this $10 version), insert it in the milk, not too close to the surface, and froth the milk until it doubles in size.
  • If you don’t have a frother, you can heat the milk in a saucepan and whisk vigorously while it heats up, and this will produce a similar effect.
Two photo collage showing how to combine espresso and simple syrup to make a latte.
Two photo collage showing how to add milk and milk foam to make a latte.

4. Put it All Together!

  • Make the espresso and pour it into a latte cup.
  • Add the lavender syrup and stir.
  • Steam the milk and froth the milk.
  • Slowly pour the milk in the center of the espresso – the foam will come out last.
  • Garnish with a sprinkling of lavender buds, and enjoy!
Overhead shot of a lavender latte, fresh lavender, and simple syrup in a glass jar.

💜 More Lavender Recipes

Love Lavender? Try one of these lavender desserts!

🔥 More Drink Recipes

Baby, when it’s cold outside, try one of these hot drinks to keep you warm.

Lavender Latte in a clear glass jar, with simple syrup and a vase of fresh lavender in the background.
Lavender Simple Syrup
Lavender simple syrup is the secret to making amazing lavender-scented cocktails, coffee, lemonade, and much more! All you need are three ingredients and a few minutes to make this versatile floral sugar syrup.
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Lavender syrup in a clear glass jar, with a sprig of fresh lavender tied to the top.
Lavender Hot Chocolate
Lavender Hot Chocolate is a delicious homemade hot chocolate recipe with the delicate taste of lavender throughout!
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Don’t miss the step-by-step tutorial showing how to make Lavender Lattescheck out the web story here!

Lavender Latte in glass with sprig of fresh lavender on top.

Lavender Latte

5 from 5 votes
Bring the coffeehouse to your house with this homemade lavender latte recipe! You’ll be surprised and delighted at how easy it is to make your own delicious lavender coffee at home.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Yield 1 cup
Calories 105 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 double shot espresso, (2 ounces)
  • 4 fl oz milk, (1/2 cup), dairy, oat, or almond milk
  • 1 TBSP lavender syrup
  • 1 tsp lavender buds, to garnish (optional)
CUSTOMIZE: 1 cup

Instructions
 

  • Make the espresso and pour it into a latte cup.
  • Add the lavender syrup and stir.
  • Heat and froth the milk.
  • Slowly pour the milk in the center of the espresso – the foam will come out last.
  • Garnish with a sprinkling of lavender buds, and enjoy!

MEASURING TIPS

Our recipes are developed using weight measurements, and we highly recommend using a kitchen scale for baking whenever possible. However, if you prefer to use cups, volume measurements are provided as well. PLEASE NOTE: the adage “8 oz = 1 cup” is NOT true when speaking about weight, so don’t be concerned if the measurements don’t fit this formula.

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Nutrition

Calories: 105 kcal | Carbohydrates: 20 g | Protein: 4 g | Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3 g | Cholesterol: 6 mg | Sodium: 52 mg | Potassium: 195 mg | Sugar: 15 g | Vitamin A: 232 IU | Calcium: 150 mg | Iron: 0.01 mg
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About Elizabeth LaBau

I’m Elizabeth, but you can call me SugarHero! I’m a former pastry chef turned blogger, cookbook author, and baking instructor, and I consider myself sugar’s #1 fan. Learn more from my About page, or connect with me on social media:

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