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I didn’t start drinking coffee until just before my 30th birthday, but now it’s the first thing I reach for in the mornings. When the weather gets warm, I drink mostly cold press coffee. Less bitter than conventionally brewed coffee, it’s perfect for hot summer days. It also makes a great base for iced lattes you can make at home, like our new Iced Lavender Almond Milk Latte.
Most days, I take my cold brew straight up. The stronger the better. Sometimes, though, I want something a little more like a treat. In the past, I’d run to Starbucks and grab a venti iced skinny vanilla latte, but once I realized how easy (and inexpensive!) it is to make them at home, I’ve hardly looked back.
My husband is great about making a big batch of cold press concentrate every few days and that is the base for my lattes. We are actually such big cold brew fans that we have two different brew systems. Our favorite is this inexpensive one from Bodum but we’ve also had good luck with this one. All you need to do is coarse grind some beans, pop them in your brewer with some cold water, and let it sit overnight! If you want to make it even easier, you can find great cold brew concentrate pretty much everywhere these days. I recently tried this one from Target and loved it. [*affiliate links]
The secret to our Lavender Almond Milk Latte is a lavender simple syrup that takes about five minutes to make and keeps in the fridge for about a month. Comprised of just sugar, water, and dried lavender, it’s fantastic in cocktails (like our Lavender Lemonade Tonics) or even tossed into a bowl of fresh fruit salad.
Since I was use cold brew concentrate, I make my lattes with a 1:1 mix of coffee concentrate and almond milk poured over plenty of ice. I love to use the organic vanilla almond milk from Costco (you can find it here). Stir in a generous teaspoon or two of the simple syrup, depending on your taste, and enjoy! It’s a great morning pick me up or a subtly sweet afternoon treat.
Find the recipe for the simple syrup and the latte below. And if you want to make sure you don’t miss out on any of our new recipes, be sure to subscribe to our email list!
Iced Lavender Almond Milk Latte
A subtly sweet coffee treat!
For the Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon culinary lavender
For the Latte
- 1/2 cup cold brew concentrate
- 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1-2 teaspoons lavender simple syrup
For The Lavender Simple Syrup
Combine all the ingredients in a small sauce pan.
Bring to a boil and allow all of the sugar to dissolve
Turn off the heat and allow to steep for approximately 20 minutes.
Store in an airtight container for up to one month.
To Make an Iced Lavender Almond Milk Latte
Fill a glass with ice.
Add the cold brew concentrate and almond milk, stirring gently to combine.
Stir in 1-2 teaspoons of simple syrup (to taste) and enjoy.