Lavender Infused Cold Brew Concentrate

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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!

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Quick and Easy Lavender Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

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One of my favorite morning rituals is making a warm (or iced) drink. Most days it’s coffee based but regardless of what I’m drinking I love to incorporate home made simple syrups.

This lavender brown sugar simple syrup is a perfect add in for teas, spritzers, cocktails, and more specifically, a london fog latte. The balance of the brown sugar and the lavender is just perfect. I think it’s the earthiness of the molasses combined with the earthiness of the dried lavender that makes it a perfect combination.

I purchased organic dired french lavender for this recipe but if you grow your own you can dry that and use it in this recipe as well.

This recipe is simple. It take about 35 minutes total and the majority of that time is infusion time. All you need to make this simple syrup is brown sugar, dried lavender, white sugar, and water. It will last refrigerated for about 2 weeks. I recommend storing the syrup in a glass bottle.

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Grilled Chicken BLT with Smoked Gouda

This sandwich recipe has summer grilling written all over it! It takes the classic BLT recipe and adds in juicy grilled chicken thighs and smoked gouda for an elevated, smoky, and satisfying sandwich! Chicken can be grilled on an outdoor grill or an indoor grill pan.

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