This Iced Honey Lavender Latte is sure to become your new go-to hot-weather coffee drink! It’s slightly sweet, floral, and totally comforting. Made with oat milk, it’s dairy-free, too!
How do you instantly make an iced latte into something elegant? A drink that you feel fancy drinking? One that is unique, slightly sweet, floral, and refreshing? You add honey and lavender to it, of course.
Something magical happens when you combine honey and lavender together with coffee. The floral flavors in both compliment each other beautifully and add just a hint of sweetness to the latte. Really, just a hint, because this girl doesn’t like sweet drinks, and she can down one of these in an instant. It should be noted I can totally get down with a Vietnamese Egg Coffee or homemade caramel latte, despite my lack of love for sweet drinks, there are a few exceptions. 😉
So it’s not too sweet, it’s slightly floral, it’s unique, it’s comforting, and it’s about to be your go-to iced coffee drink.
Ingredients for a Honey Lavender Latte
There are just a few simple ingredients needed to make this iced latte! Here’s what goes into this delicious drink:
- Espresso or Coffee – iced lattes are made with espresso…and that being said, I totally get that we’re making these at home and you might not actually have an espresso maker at your disposal. Totally ok. If you don’t have freshly brewed espresso, you can use strongly brewed coffee, cold press concentrate, or instant espresso.
- Honey – whatever honey you have on hand will work! Note, the more floral the honey is, the more floral accents will come through in the latte.
- Lavender – make sure you’re using dried culinary lavender anytime you’re cooking with lavender.
- Oat Milk – it’s creamy, thick, and a delicious dairy-free addition to an iced latte! Of course you can absolutely use whatever kind of milk you’d like!
How to Make Honey Lavender Syrup
I don’t know about you, but in the morning I’m not looking to go through a whole lot of steps to get me to my first caffeine boost. Luckily, this iced latte recipe is easy to make, and the lavender honey simple syrup can be made ahead of time, leaving you with less prep work and more lattes throughout the week!
Make the simple syrup by combining the honey, dried lavender flowers, and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer until the honey has dissolved. Let the syrup sit for 20-40 minutes to allow the lavender to fully infuse into the mixture. Taste test along the way to determine how infused you’d like it to be.
Once the simple syrup is ready, strain it through a fine mesh sieve to remove all the lavender flowers. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to use.
It’s not just for iced lattes! Use the simple syrup in hot coffee, to sweeten cold brew, or in cocktails!
How to Make an Iced Lavender Latte
Let’s make an iced latte now, shall we? This part is even easier, and takes only about 5 minutes, depending on what kind of coffee you’re using.
Start by adding lavender honey simple syrup to a glass or mason jar – 12 ounces is just about the perfect size (photo 1). Next up, the coffee!
As mentioned, freshly brewed espresso is going to produce the best, most coffee-shop-like iced latte around, but around here we’re about ease and using what we have. So if you have an espresso machine, props! If you don’t, you’re not alone.
If that’s the case, brew an extra strong cup of coffee, use instant espresso, or use a cold brew concentrate.
Add it to the glass and stir together with the simple syrup until fully combined (photo 2).
Then, add a handful of ice. Use as much or as little as you’d like. The beauty of making a latte at home is that you can make it 100% to your liking! The same goes for the oat milk… once the ice is in then top the latte off with cold oat milk, as much or as little as you’d like, depending on how strong you like your lattes (photo 3).
Stir it up with a spoon or a straw until fully combined, then enjoy! (photo 4)
Frequently Asked Questions
Be sure to get culinary or food-grade dried lavender flowers whenever you’re cooking or baking with lavender. I use these lavender flowers from Amazon (affiliate link).
Yes, you can easily make the simple syrup ahead of time. You can also make the latte and store it in the fridge, however, I would recommend omitting the ice until you’re ready to serve so it doesn’t water the latte down.
Whatever you want! Use regular cow’s milk, almond milk, coconut milk…it’s really up to your preferences!
If you are a vegan who doesn’t consume honey, you can still enjoy this latte, just substitute sugar or brown sugar in place of the honey for a lavender latte.
Iced Honey Lavender Latte with Oat Milk
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers culinary grade
- 1/4 cup espresso or extra strong coffee 2 oz
- 1/2 cup oat milk more or less to taste
- Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine honey, water, and lavender flowers. Heat over medium-high heat until simmering stirring occasionally until the honey is dissolved. Remove from heat and let sit for 20-60 minutes to allow the lavender to fully infuse. Strain the syrup into a jar using a fine mesh strainer. You can use it immediately if needed.
- For 1 Latte: Pour approximately 2 teaspoons of the lavender honey simple syrup in a 12 oz. glass or jar to drink from. You can adjust the sweetness level as needed. Add the espresso and stir to combine. Fill the glass with ice, then pour in the milk and stir to completely combine. Add more milk as desired. Serve immediately and enjoy!