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I’m a big fan of flavoring my coffee with infused syrups but I had never thought of actually just infusing the coffee itself with flavors. I got a recommendation recently to try out a lavender cold brew latte. Most recipes I saw incorporated regular coffee or cold brew with a lavender syrup addition. But I wanted something with a more intense flavor throughout.
If you’re looking for a bolder lavender flavor in your cold brew, here’s how to make lavender inflused cold brew yourself. It only requires 3 ingredients and requires very little hands on work.
There are special cold brew makers you can use for this, but if you don’t have one you can use a pitcher or a canning jar (that’s what I use). In addition to a pitcher or jar you will also need a fine mesh strainer.
I recommend using a medium or dark roast coffee in addition to organic dired french lavender. If you grow your own lavender you can dry that and use it in this recipe as well.
This recipe requires about 5 minutes of hands on time and requires at least 12 hours of brewing time. Once your cold brew concentrate is ready I recommend diluting it with a 1:1 ratio of concentrate of water (or milk). I recommend sweetening your final beverage with brown sugar or my lavender brown sugar simple syrup. I think lavender and brown sugar are a perfect pair (it’s probably the earthiness of the molasses that pairs so well with the earthiness of the lavender).
This recipes makes approximately a cup and a half of cold brew concentrate (6 servings). It’s enough to last you all week!
Lavender Infused Cold Brew Concentrate
2 1/2 cups water
3.5 oz coffee grounds
1-2 tsp. dried lavender (based on flavor preference)
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher or cold brew pitcher and cover with a lid.
Refrigerate 12 to 24 hours.
Strain the coffee grounds and lavender through a fine mesh sieve. Save the coffee concentrate and discard the grounds and lavender.
Transfer the concentrate to an airtight container. It keeps for about 5 days in the refrigerator. To use dilute with a 1:1 ratio of concentrate and water.
Serve over ice and sweetened for best flavor. Add additional milk, cream and/or flavored syrups. Pairs well with brown sugar.