Lavish Drinks: Vanilla Bean Lavender Latte!
I planted a lavender bush last summer in my garden, it never bloomed and I was so sad. However, this year, it's in full bloom and I'm making all sorts of lavender infused recipes! My first recipe had to be a latte. As some of you may or may not know I was a barista in a past life and I loved playing around creating recipes. One ingredient I could never get my hands on back then was lavender. So here it is, my first lavender creation, and it's so yummy!
The main tools you'll need to create the recipe is a machine to make espresso and froth milk. I used my Starbucks Verismo machine but a Nespresso would work just the same, if you don't own an actual espresso machine that is. During quarantine I was desperate for a latte and ordered myself a milk frother from Amazon and it works perfectly, I was even able to make latte art with it, so the foam quality is very good.
Prep Time: 1.5 H
Latte Recipe: 5 Mins
8oz. to 12oz. of Almond Milk or whichever milk you prefer.
Two Shots of Espresso
2 Tsp of Vanilla Bean Sugar
2 Tsp of Lavender Simple Syrup.
Lavender Simple Syrup Ingredients:
1 Cup of Sugar
1 Cup of Water
5 Sprigs of Lavender or approximately 1/4 Cup
Vanilla Bean Sugar Ingredients:
1 Cup of Sugar
2 Vanilla Beans
This is the recipe I used to create the vanilla bean sugar!
How to Make Simple Syrup!
The lavender simple syrup was so easy to make, more so then I thought it was going to be. You bring the cup of water to a boil, pour your sugar in and throw in the lavender, bring the temperature down to medium heat for 10 minutes. After the time is up, remove from heat and let the pot sit for 1-2 hours to steep. (The longer you leave it steeping the more flavourful.) Through a quick google search, it stated that once refrigerated the simple syrup can last for up to one month.
Now for the latte!
Start with your milk, pour into frother and add your vanilla bean sugar to the milk, this will ensure that the vanilla sugar is well mixed in your latte. While it's frothing, pour your two shots of espresso then add your lavender simple syrup. Once your milk is done, pour it into your cup and voila! Feel free to add a lavender flower to garnish the cup and make you feel even more lavish!
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