If you’ve never tried it before, lavender as a flavor might sound a little bit weird. It makes sense in herbal tea, but using the floral flavor in coffee or cocktails is not quite as common. Even though lavender is getting more and more popular the past few years, finding the syrup in the store isn’t the most easy thing. Making your own, though — that is easy! Here’s how I made the lavender simple syrup, as well as an iced latte concoction. (Note: This post includes affiliate links.)
Lavender Simple Syrup
- Mix together one cup of water, two cups of sugar, and four tablespoons of lavender all in one small saucepan. I used dried lavender, but fresh buds also work (probably even better).
- Bring everything to a boil and once it starts bubbling, lower the heat to medium-low to simmer for a few minutes. Stir it up, so all the sugar is dissolved.
- After this, remove totally from heat and let sit uncovered for about half an hour for the syrup to thicken.
- Next, strain the lavender out and store the syrup in a glass jar or bottle. I read that it can last up to four weeks in the fridge, but we will see how much I actually have left after that.
Iced Lavender Latte
- To make this specific drink, I first used my Aeropress to brew some dark roast coffee using four scoops of Caribou’s Obsidian. I pressed these shots directly over ice.
- I put four tablespoons of the lavender simple syrup into the glass.
- I filled the glass to the top using vanilla-flavored almond milk.
- Stir and enjoy!
Pictured above is my AeroPress – one of my favorite purchases this year! Thanks to my work-bff, I was introduced to this amazing product, and I can’t imagine life without it. What an easy way to make some delicious-and-fast shots of coffee with perfect crema each time. I bought mine on Amazon for no more than $30. I recommend it!
Note: This post was originally published on my previous, now defunct, blog.