Here’s a Lavender Latte tutorial you’ll love. I tasted my first one last summer in Springfield, MO and have been wanting to make it at home. It reminded me of my Nana Cano and how she always loved to incorporate herbs from her garden into her recipes. I think she would have loved this idea!
The Herencia Leche Milk Challenge Campaign with celebrity chef Adrianne Calvo set my goal into action. As part of the campaign, I was asked to come up with a recipe inspired by my nana that uses milk. My Nana Cano was so creative with her cooking, she used milk for everything from sauces to desserts to hot beverages. I decided to take her tradition of using herbs, in this case lavender, and combine it my contemporary style – hello coffee drink!
You can choose to use whole milk, 2%, 1% or even nonfat for this recipe. I used 2%. Regular white milk has NO added sugar. The sugar in milk comes from naturally occurring lactose. All milk (fat free, lowfat, 2 percent or whole milk) has the same amount of natural lactose – about 12 grams in each 8-ounce glass. Through the research for this campaign, I learned that most types of non-dairy milk – as in almond milk or soy milk, are flavored or sweetened with added sugar, while real milk isn’t.
Here’s another fact – milk has nine essential nutrients – including 8 grams of protein per 8-ounce glass. Protein is good, we all know that! From muscles to hair, bones to teeth, the body needs protein to be strong and healthy. Many nutrition experts recommend that every meal have 25-30 grams of protein, why not have some of that come through milk? I remember my nana always telling me, “Mija, drink milk to make your fingernails stronger!”
Now on to the recipe! I have the video tutorial at the top of this post, but here are some pictures and more explanation. First of all – I wanted to make sure I shared a tasty recipe so I looked up and tried a bunch of recipes from Pinterest, I even experimented with store-bought lavender syrup and lavender essential oil, but I ended up finding this fabulous tutorial from FoxAndBriar.com, I just adjusted it a bit to my liking (I doubled the water when it came to making the syrup; I didn’t use half and half, I used milk; and I only used 1 tablespoon of the syrup in my latte). Definitely check out her site, it is so brilliant and beautiful. Seriously, #bloggoals!!!
Go ahead and adjust to your liking as well!
8 ounces milk
Strongly brewed coffee (espresso or dark roast)
1/4 cup dried lavender
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 cup, 3 tablespoons water
Large latte mug
Directions for Lavender Syrup:
This is cool because you can make a batch and keep it in your fridge to use in more lavender lattes! Yes, you can buy lavender syrup at the gourmet grocery store to cut out this step, but I thought it was really fun to make it from scratch.
Combine 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of dried lavender in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Then let it simmer for several minutes. Use a strainer over a cup and pour the liquid. Toss away the dried lavender from the strainer.
Rinse that small saucepan and then add 1/2 cup of sugar, I used the brown raw sugar because it’s my fave) and 3 tablespoons of water. Bring to a boil, then pour in the lavender water you made earlier. Stir until fully mixed. Let it cool and then pour it into a jar with a lid. Now you have lavender syrup! How exciting!
Directions for the latte:
Brew your coffee as desired. Pour in one tablespoon of the lavender syrup (or to your taste), then the coffee.
For the frothy milk on top. Heat up 8 ounces of milk in a small saucepan on the stove. All you need is for it to be warmed up.
Then pour it into a jar with a tight lid and shake, shake, shake. Keep shaking until it gets all frothy and yummy. Pour it in your cup, then spoon the froth on top of the latte.
I’m am so proud of how this turned out. So delicious, and now that I have the lavender syrup, I’m going to make an iced version next! You can sprinkle some dried lavender on top as garnish.
Why stop at lavender? As long as you have your milk and coffee, you can make any kind of latte you want!
Thank you so much to the The National Hispanic Milk Life Campaign for inviting me to submit a recipe! Check out their social media channels:
Instagram: http://instagram.com/siemprelecheLove & light,