How To Make Lavender Iced Coffee
Have you ever planned to host friends on a hot day, but been stumped on a drink to WOW them with? You want to serve them something unique yet tasty, refreshing yet bold...but don’t know what fits the bill?
Lavender is a great way to spruce up a coffee and create a beverage that’s perfect for a “lighter” occasion, like a brunch or a mid-afternoon drink.
Now, we’re not talking about shoving a bunch of daisies into your glass and ruining a perfectly good cup of coffee. We’re talking about creating a Lavender Iced Coffee.
How, you ask?
Here’s our Lavender Iced Coffee recipe for your consideration...
Lavender Iced Coffee
Lavender is a great way to spruce up a coffee and create a beverage that’s perfect for a “lighter” occasion, like a brunch or a mid-afternoon drink. Here’s our Lavender Iced Coffee recipe for your consideration!
Add plenty of ice or coffee cubes to the coffee
Add lavender syrup and half and half to preference
How To Make A Lavender Iced Coffee
If you’re looking for a specialty drink that’s not necessarily intense and “dusky” – like flaming Spanish coffee, for instance – but rather on the relaxing, refreshing side of things, this is the way to go.
And once you’ve got the lavender coffee syrup made, it’s a cinch to pull the rest of the drink together, too! Here’s what you’ll need.
The Lavender Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 tbsp lavender (either fresh or dried)
- Saucepan with lid
- Mesh strainer or cheesecloth
- Quart jar with lid
The Lavender Iced Coffee
- Lavender syrup
- 1 cup coffee
- Ice or coffee cubes
- Half and half
- A glass
Making the Lavender Syrup
- Boil the water in the saucepan.
- Add in the sugar and stir until it is completely dissolved.
- Add the lavender and cover with a lid. Turn down the heat and let the concoction simmer for at least an hour.
- Strain out the lavender and press the seeds to extract as much flavor as possible.
- Pour into the jar and keep in the refrigerator. It’ll stay fresh for up to two weeks!
Making the Lavender Iced Coffee
- Brew your coffee.
- Add plenty of ice or coffee cubes to the coffee.
- Add lavender syrup and half and half to preference. Try 1 tbsp lavender syrup to start, and adjust from there.
The Lavender Syrup
Lavender is not just a delicious addition to any beverage, it’s also safe to use and has quite a few benefits. It can help with things like relaxation, mood stabilization, sleep, pain relief, and healing. It can even help with anxiety and depression!
Here’s a great article from wellnessmama.com that runs down just how many ways lavender has been found to be useful.
One final note for our culinary use of lavender in this specific recipe: we already went over the instructions for the lavender syrup, but who doesn’t love to see things visually as well? Here’s a quick video to help illustrate how to make a syrup that will let you know just what lavender tastes like.
While you can try using any coffee you’d like, a lighter drink with a floral syrup screams for a light, floral or fruity coffee bean. You want that gentle flavor that will complement rather than overwhelm the syrup.
If you’re interested in more information on the topic, here’s a great article that breaks down the specifics on coffee beans in detail. You can see things like the lightness of beans from different regions as well as different kinds of roasts and brewing styles – all of which will help you choose the best coffee for this, and other, recipes.
The Coffee Cubes
Just a quick note here as well regarding coffee cubes.
What are they, you ask?
Why, they’re ice cubes made of coffee, of course!
Why do you want them in your lavender iced coffee?
It’s quite simple, really. Using frozen coffee cubes can ensure that your iced coffee remains strong and taste-filled, even as the cubes melt.
There’s no “watered-down” factor you have to worry about, allowing you to contentedly sip your drink until you are ready to finish it.
How do you make them?
Again, easy answer. Brew some coffee, cool it off, pour it in an ice cube tray. Put it in the freezer. Done.
If you’re a fan of details, though, here’s an article that breaks it down a bit more!
It’s time to brunch it up!
Once your syrup is made and your coffee is selected, you’re ready to invite your friends for brunch, to hang out, or even just grab a mid-afternoon drink yourself to help beat the heat!
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