Here’s an easy recipe to make a lavender honey white mocha right at home!
Lavender is one of those exotic drink ingredients you can find in just about any trendy coffeehouse. It’s also really versatile when using it in the kitchen. You can steep it to make lavender scented simple syrup and use it in your coffee and in baking. Another way to use it is steep it in milk and use it in this aromatic lavender honey white mocha!
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Exotic Ingredients in Coffee
Exotic ingredients are found in many coffeehouses as more and more small roasters are looking to stand out among coffee aficionados. Their goal isn’t to mask the flavors of the coffee, but enhance the natural flavors that come through. Pairing certain blends and roasts with these unique ingredients take coffee drinking to a new high. You will find that with a flavorful coffee drink, you don’t need a venti to get the full sensory experience. In fact, when I visited Savor last weekend (stay tuned for that full review next week!) my drink was an 8 ounce cup and it was just enough.
Other unique and trending ingredients coffeehouses are using are turmeric, chopped almonds, charcoal, coconut ash, and mushrooms. Sparkling coffee is also a thing, using cold brew and sparkling water. There’s a pretty good chance I’ll give some of these a shot here at home, so make sure you stay connected to me this year! You don’t want to miss some of these wild and wacky ingredients!
Coffee is far more than a beverage. It is an invitation to life.-Nicole Johnson
Fresh Lavender or Dried
It actually really doesn’t matter. When making a lavender honey mocha, you can use fresh lavender, lavender syrup, dried, or you can use essential oil (as long as it’s ingestible) I actually happened to have a bunch I bought earlier this year to make a lavender infused drink and never did. So I used dried. When you peel off the flowers, the oils diffuse pretty quickly into the liquid.
Ingredients List for Lavender Honey White Mocha
I always start my coffeehouse drinks with a strong brew of coffee. Since most mochas and lattes are made with espresso and *gasp* I don’t have an espresso machine, I use a dark roast, brewed at a 4.5 Tbsp/8 oz water ratio. That’s going to hold up really well with the steamed milk. Here are the other items you’ll need:
- 3/4 cup of milk (or milk alternative)
- 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
- XO Lavender White Hot Chocolate (more on this in a minute)
- 2 stems of fresh or dried lavender
- Whipped cream
- drizzle of honey
Instructions for the Lavender Honey White Mocha
Brew 8 ounces of strong coffee. While coffee is brewing, heat milk in sauce pan on medium heat. Make sure it doesn’t scorch, so whisk often. Mix in 3 tbsp of XO Lavender White Hot Chocolate mix until well blended. Add lavender flowers to milk by running your fingers down the stem to release the little aroma pockets. Steep lavender in milk until just before boiling, about 10 min. Turn heat down to low if milk starts to bubble. Strain lavender from milk. Pour coffee into a mug (unless you’re like me and used a pour over), add lavender scented milk to mug. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with honey. Enjoy!
Making Your Own Lavender White Hot Chocolate
You totally can! In this case, instead of adding the hot chocolate mix and after straining the lavender from the milk, add white chocolate chips to the mix, 1/4 cup, and let the white chocolate chips melt. If your mix isn’t sweet enough, you can add honey to mixture or a bit of sugar to taste. Wallah!