Summer-Perfect Floral Lattes
We’re unsure what makes us love floral lattes more – the sweet and summery flavors or the aesthetics. That sprinkle of flower petals makes any latte look more enticing, and floral flavors are a delicious way to level up your coffee or craft a caffeine-free latte. Whatever your tastes, find your go-to floral treat in one of these four floral latte recipes:
Hibiscus teas are tart and bright with a show-stopping color – perfect for a pretty floral latte. However, due to its high acidity, hibiscus tea often causes milk to curdle, so you’ll need to get creative to achieve the perfect latte. While we usually love loose-leaf teas, tea bags tend to work better for hibiscus lattes, as they’re often less acidic than loose-leaf. Opting for a blend over pure hibiscus will help cut down on acidity, as well. (Groundwork’s Hibiscus Sunrise Tea is one of our favorite floral teas.) Finally, go for whole milk or plant-based milk, as low-fat dairy will curdle the easiest.
What You'll Need
- 2 bags of hibiscus tea of choice
- 4 oz water
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ to 1 tsp honey
- 8 oz whole milk or plant-based milk
- Bring water to a boil and steep tea bags according to package instructions.
- Stir vanilla and honey into tea.
- Warm and froth your milk, and pour into your Ember Mug².
- Add tea to milk slowly (pouring slowly makes the milk less likely to curdle).
- Garnish with a sprinkle of hibiscus leaves, if desired.
Yes, you can have lavender coffee without the sugary syrups. Our lavender latte recipe is sugar-free and highlights that perfect balance of bold coffee and sweet florals. This recipe works well with other florals, too. Try subbing rosewater or rose petals in place of lavender!
* Be careful not to confuse lavender extract with lavender essential oil. You can use a food-grade essential oil for flavor, but the taste is very potent, and a single drop might be too much for a latte. Try adding a drop to a tablespoon of milk or cream (the high-fat content will help it dissolve and blend better into the drink). Then add a quarter teaspoon at a time to your latte until the desired flavor is reached.
What You'll Need
- 1 espresso shot or about 4 oz strongly brewed coffee
- 1 Tbsp culinary lavender leaves or ½ tsp lavender extract*
- 8 oz milk of choice
- Prepare your espresso or coffee as normal.
- Add lavender leaves or extract to milk before warming on the stovetop. Warm steaming, but not bubbling and pour through a strainer to remove leaves, if necessary.
- Froth milk using your preferred method. (See our milk-frothing tips here.)
- Pour milk over coffee in your Ember Mug².
- Serve with a sprinkle of lavender petals for garnish.
Chamomile + Lavender Latte
For a coffee-and-caffeine-free lavender latte, try this calming latte inspired by our own relaxing tea blend. It’s perfect for sipping before bedtime!
Chamomile and lavender are both well-known for their calming effects and therapeutic aromas. We love using loose leaf versions for their stronger flavors and aromatics as well as the ritual of blending our own leaves. Adjust this caffeine-free blend to your tastes for a relaxing evening tea.
What You'll Need
- 1 tsp loose leaf chamomile tea
- ⅓ tsp culinary lavender
- 1 tsp loose leaf lemon balm tea
- 3 oz water
- ½ tsp honey (optional)
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 6-8 oz milk of choice
- Bring water to a boil and steep leaves and lavender for 10 mins for a concentrated brew.
- Stir in honey and vanilla, if using.
- Warm and froth milk and pour over tea in your Ember Mug².
- Garnish the top with extra lavender if desired.
Rose Quartz Latte
Rose water provides the floral flavor in our rose quartz latte – and beet juice gives you that vibrant pink.
Made with rose water and beet juice, this latte not only looks beautiful but works to detoxify and soothe inflammation and stress.
What You'll Need
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp fresh beet juice
- ½ tsp rose water
- ½ tsp raw cacao butter melted
- ½ raw honey or sweetener of choice
- ⅛ tsp raw vanilla powder
- Dried rose petals (optional)
- Gently warm the coconut milk and beet juice in a saucepan over low heat without allowing it to simmer. Carefully pour into a blender.
- Add the rose water, cacao butter, honey, and vanilla powder. Blend on high until warm and frothy.
- Pour into Ember Mug² and serve sprinkled with rose petals if desired.
Since Insta-worthy drinks call for Insta-worthy mugs, treat yourself to a new Ember Mug² from our Metallic Collection. A rose quartz latte in a rose gold mug? Monochromatic perfection.
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