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A DIY Latte for When Your Starbucks Fund is Low

I used to work in New York City and on my way to work was this adorable coffee shop that made a Lavender Latte. I had never had one before and I LOVE all lavender everything. So naturally I gave it a try and, let me tell you, it was the PERFECT winter drink. My problem with getting seasonal drinks at Starbucks is winter just means "Holidays." And once the holidays are over, I don't want to taste gingerbread in January and their other options still sort of taste like cookies. So this lavender latte was exactly what I needed. It tasted like winter without all the stress of the holidays.

It's been about two years since I've had one so I finally decided to make a latte of my own. And it was honestly incredibly simple. So I'm gonna tell all of you how I did it and maybe you won't have to make that extra trip to Starbucks 😉

What You'll Need:

  • Small pot

  • Something to make coffee in

  • 1 TBSP Lavender

  • 1 tsp honey

  • 1 cup milk/non-dairy milk of your choice

  • Milk foamer (or a mason jar, I'll explain)

  • Strainer

  • Your favorite mug

How to Make It:

  1. Warm the milk, lavender, and honey in the small pot. The milk shouldn't boil, but you want it to be hot. Stir it around every once in a while to really get the lavender flavor infused.

  2. While that's happening, make your espresso! I have an Aeropress (highly recommend, it's magic). You can also use a Keurig or a regular coffee pot.

  3. Once the milk is hot, take it off the heat and let the lavender continue steeping. Keep in mind the longer you let it steep, the more lavender flavor you'll get. Be mindful of that, and take a waft every now and then to make sure it doesn't tread into soap territory, Nobody wants a soap latte.

  4. Strain the milk and toss the lavender.

  5. Now's the fun part. You're gonna channel your inner barista and foam your milk! I have a handheld milk foamer that I got for Christmas and I love it. If you also have one, pop that puppy just below the surface and foam it up! If you don't have a foamer, you can use a mason jar to create your foam. I did this before I got my foamer and it totally works. You just pour your milk in the jar and shake it until milk starts to foam up. It's a solid arm workout tbh, but it's worth the effort 💪🏼

  6. Pour the milk into the coffee and then spoon the foam on top. Garnish with a little more lavender if you're feeling fancy.

  7. Enjoy!

There you have it. That's how you make the perfect winter coffee drink. Starbucks who? Don't need her. Let us know if you give this recipe a try and what you think of it!

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