My absolute favorite coffee (ish) drink is a dirty chai latte. It has chai tea, steamed milk and a shot of espresso to help me pretend I’m drinking coffee. Well, after making this lavender chai latte, I think I’ve found a new favorite!
It all boils down to an easy-to-make lavender simple syrup. Whip up a pot of this and you can add a delicious hint of lavender to your coffee – whether you like it hot or iced.
Lavender Chai Latte – Ingredients
To make this lavender simple syrup, you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup cane sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tbsp lavender buds
- 1/2 cup water
To make this chai latte (hot or iced), you’ll need:
- Cold brew coffee
- Chai tea bag
How to Make Lavender Simple Syrup
Add all your ingredients to a small saucepan over low heat and mix until the sugar has dissolved. Turn the heat to medium-high and allow the mixture to simmer for about five minutes.
Watch to make sure it doesn’t boil or burn – you’ll know the syrup is ready when it has thickened slightly and could coat the back of a spoon.
Take your saucepan off the heat and allow the syrup to cool. Use a strainer to separate out the lavender buds and transfer your syrup to an airtight container.
Easy, huh? I guess that’s why they call it “simple” syrup. Okay, okay, I’ll show myself out.
How to Prepare Your Lavender Chai Latte
Instructions to make an iced latte:
Start by heating 1/3 part milk on the stove or in the microwave until hot. Steep a chai tea bag in the milk until the milk has turned a caramel color.
Fill a glass with ice and – in lieu of an espresso maker – pour in 1/3 part of the cold brew concentrate. Once the chai milk has cooled, add it to the coffee. Stir to combine and drizzle in 1 tbsp of the lavender simple syrup (or more if you prefer!).
Instructions to make a hot latte:
Just like with the iced latte, heat the milk hot enough to steep a chai tea bag in and let sit until the milk turns a caramel color.
Pour the chai latte into a mug and add 1/3 part cold brew (unless you’re lucky enough to own an espresso maker – in which case, add as many shots as you like!). Drizzle 1 tbsp of lavender syrup into your latte and enjoy!
Good, right? I’ve always been an iced coffee kind of girl personally but I still find both of these recipes delicious. The lavender syrup is subtle enough to mix well but vibrant enough to add a really interesting flavor. If you like a floral taste, this is perfect for your coffee or tea.
Admittedly, we’ve been on a bit of a simple syrup kick lately. If you’re as into it as we are, check out our flavored iced tea syrups or – my favorite – our rose syrup!
We’d love to see your lavender lattes! Show us on Instagram with #lilyandvalliving and, as always, pin the above image if you liked this post!
How long can you keep the simple syrup?
Hi Susan! It can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two weeks. 🙂