This Lavender Chai Tea Latte is the ultimate springtime sip. Dried lavender and chai tea leaves are steeped in warm milk to make a frothy and floral-infused herbal drink. It’s delightful served hot or cold. Dairy-free and vegan modifications included.
Lavender doesn’t just smell good. It tastes good, too -but what exactly does lavender taste like? The sweet herbal aromas give recipes a pleasant floral flavor – so naturally, it belongs infused in a chai tea latte.
With dried lavender and loose leaf chai tea, you can make an elegant, sweet, and creamy lavender chai tea latte in minutes!
You’re going to LOVE sipping on a lavender chai latte because:
- Simple – You’ll only need 3 drinks and a few minutes to make a lavender-infused chai latte from scratch.
- Dairy-free & vegan (with your favorite plant-based milk instead of regular milk).
- Flexible -This drink is easy to customize exactly to your liking.
Want to learn how to make a chai tea latte with fresh lavender? Let’s do it!
This latte may look lavish, but it’s pretty simple. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Dried Lavender – The bitter, earthy flavor in tea pairs nicely with aromatic lavender. It sweetens drinks with a pleasant floral flavor. You can also use fresh lavender buds instead of dried. However, the flavor isn’t as concentrated, so you may need to double the amount.
- Loose Leaf Chai Tea – Chai is a rich Indian tea blend made from black tea leaves and cozy herbs and spices. Its full-bodied flavor pairs perfectly with lavender.
- Milk – Milk makes lattes luscious and creamy. You can make your latte with regular milk or a dairy-free alternative. Oat milk, coconut milk, and cashew milk are good options. If you happen to have a non-dairy Barista blend, even better!
- Recommended tools: To brew your latte, you’ll need a small saucepan or pot and a tea infuser.
📖 How to make (step-by-step photos)
1️⃣ Step One: Warm milk
In a small saucepan, bring the milk to a boil over medium-high heat and then lower the heat to a simmer.
2️⃣ Step Two: Infuse dried lavender and chai tea
Add chai tea and dried lavender to a tea infuser. Submerge the tea infuser in the pot of milk and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove the saucepan from the heat, and let the tea and lavender continue to steep for 5 to 7 minutes.
3️⃣Step Three: Pour latte
Remove the tea infuser and strain out any loose lavender buds or tea leaves from the milk. Pour the tea and lavender-infused milk into your favorite mug, and enjoy!
🧊 To serve iced:
For an iced lavender chai latte, let the infused milk cool completely, and then pour over a glass of ice. Enjoy.
❔ Questions + quick tips
- Infuse even more flavor – Sweeten while adding delectable flavor to your latte with infused simple syrups like earl gray simple syrup, sage-infused simple syrup, and vanilla simple syrup.
- Fresh vs. dried lavender buds – You should be able to find dried lavender in the bulk tea section or with the spices and seasoning. If using fresh buds, use twice the amount, and be sure to use culinary-grade lavender.
- Lavender simple syrup – Drizzle a small amount to enhance the lavender flavor. While you can buy Monin lavender flavored syup, it’s super simple to make a lavender simple syrup with sugar, water, and dried lavender.
It’s not quite like this one, but Starbucks has what they call a Honeycomb Lavender Latte. It’s simply honeycomb and lavender-infused espresso topped with honey.
Loose-leaf chai tea usually includes black tea leaves, which contain caffeine. To make a caffeine-free lavender tea latte, swap out the chai for loose-leaf chamomile tea.
Yes! Add a scoop of ground lavender buds to your coffee grounds and brew a soft, sweet, and herbal pot of lavender-infused coffee.
Culinary-grade dried lavender is excellent added directly to lattes and drinks. Grind dried lavender buds into a fine powder for a more robust lavender flavor (the same consistency as matcha powder). Then, stir the powder directly into your drink.
🧋 How to serve
This simple recipe leaves plenty of room for customizing your latte and switching up how to serve it. Check out the list below for ideas.
- Sweetener – Sweetening your drink is optional, but if you prefer something sweeter, add honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, date syrup, or simple syrup.
- Cold foam – Top with a creamy layer of cold foam or vegan cold foam.
- “Dirty” Lavender Chai Tea Latte – Add one or two shots of espresso to your latte!
- Lavender Chai Tea Popsicles – After cooling, pour the latte mixture into popsicle molds and freeze solid.
- Bulletproof Lavender Chai Tea Latte – Boost the fat content with a tablespoon of MCT oil, coconut oil, or coconut butter. If you’re okay with dairy, you can use grass-fed butter.
♻️ How to store
- Refrigerator storage – Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 to 2 days. Reheating depletes the lavender flavor, so over ice is the best way to enjoy your drink the second time around.
- Freezer storage – Freeze in an ice cube tray, and use the cubes to chill your next iced chai tea latte.
🍵 More tea latte recipes
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Lavender Chai Tea Latte
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender
- 1 tablespoon chai tea leaves loose leaf
- 12 ounces milk
- Warm milk: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring milk to a boil and then let simmer.
- Infuse dried lavender and chai tea: Add chai tea and dried lavender to a tea infuser and then place into simmering milk for 2-3 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and let the tea and lavender infuse for 5-7 minutes.
- Pour latte: Remove the tea infuser and strain any lavender or tea out of the milk, then pour the tea and lavender-infused milk into a mug and enjoy.
- To serve iced: For an iced latte, let the milk cool completely after infusing and then pour over ice and enjoy.