Lavender Latte Recipe: How to Make a Perfect Floral Coffee

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Lavender Latte Recipe

Lavender Latte Recipe: A lavender latte is an ideal way to bring summer vibes to a winter’s day with a warm and soothing drink. Lavender can be tricky; done wrong, it tastes like perfume, but done right, it provides a beautiful floral flavor that pairs perfectly with creamy milk and bittersweet coffee.

Lavender Latte Ingredients

  • Double shot of espresso
  • 5 ounces of milk
  • ¼ cup dried lavender buds
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 8-ounce mug or glass, pre-warmed


30 to 40 minutes


One 8-ounce latte + leftover lavender simple syrup

For The Lavender Latte:

If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can substitute 3 ounces of extra strong brewed coffee. While it won’t have the same rich body as an espresso, it will still be delicious once you add the milk and lavender syrup. Whole milk and 2% are the easiest to froth, but you can also use 1% or skim milk. For a vegan option, opt for mildly flavored and unsweetened almond or oat milk to avoid overpowering the lavender flavor.

Lavender Latte Recipe: How To Make A Lavender Latte

Step 1: Make The Lavender Syrup

Simple syrup is easy to prepare. Combine one part sugar and one part water.

  1. Combine the dried lavender buds and water in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Cool the mixture and strain out the lavender buds.
  4. Return the lavender-infused water to the saucepan, add sugar, and bring to a boil.
  5. Simmer for about 5 minutes until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens slightly.

Pro Tip: This recipe makes more lavender syrup than needed for a single latte. It keeps for several weeks in the fridge, perfect for more lavender lattes or cocktails.

Step 2: Prepare The Espresso

Espresso is the foundation of a latte. Use a home espresso machine to prepare a double shot in an 8-ounce mug.

If you don’t have an espresso machine, use extra-strong brewed coffee from a Moka pot, Aeropress, or French press. Since you’re adding lavender syrup, avoid using expensive light roast beans; traditional espresso beans work best.

Step 3: Froth The Milk

There are many ways to froth milk, depending on the available tools:

  • Espresso machine with a steam wand: Best option for silky microfoam and latte art.
  • Milk frother: Manual or automated frothers are excellent alternatives.
  • French press: Warm the milk, add to the French press, and move the plunger up and down vigorously.

Pro Tip: For plant-based milks, use “barista” versions specially formulated to mimic dairy milk properties for better frothing.

Step 4: Assemble Your Latte

  1. Add your desired amount of lavender syrup to the espresso and stir to dissolve.
  2. Add the steamed or frothed milk.

Pro Tip: For subtle lavender flavor with more sweetness, add 1 tablespoon of syrup plus a teaspoon or two of honey to your espresso.

Step 5: Garnish Your Latte

Optional but enhances the drink’s presentation and flavor. Great options include nutmeg, ginger, leftover lavender buds, candied violets, honey drizzle, or freshly ground black pepper.

Bonus Recipe: Iced Lavender Latte

In summer, an iced lavender latte is refreshing. Start with lavender syrup and espresso or strong cold brew.

  1. Froth cold milk with a milk frother or shake it in a jar.
  2. Add syrup to the espresso and pour over ice in a chilled glass.
  3. Pour the cold-frothed milk on top.

Final Thoughts

Making a lavender latte at home is simpler than you think. With the right tools and recipe, you can enjoy this café favorite anytime. Experiment with different herbs, fruit zests, teas, and spices to create unique brews. Share your discoveries in the comments!