Creamy Lavender Milk Tea Recipe
I have to say, I’m really excited to share that super easy Creamy Lavender Tea Recipe. One of the simplest recipes on the blog, almost too simple to count as a recipe! But what a great recipe to remind you, I hope, to take a step back and make some time for yourself.
This Creamy Lavender Milk Tea is a delicious way to enjoy a hot beverage. We used honey and lavender in this recipe to create a sweet drink with a lovely floral flavour! Creamy Lavender Milk Tea is deliciously floral and has a calming effect, making it an ideal warm drink to enjoy before bedtime. You can also make an earl grey lavender milk tea, an iced version, or froth your milk for a creamy latte drink with this recipe.
This floral, creamy, warm, and delicate flavour of this aromatic Lavender Milk Tea calls for a pause in your day. It calms and simply makes you feel good. It’s perfect for winding down from the day and relaxing your mind right before bed (especially with lemon cookies or date scones).This basic Lavender Milk Tea Recipe is delicious on its own or with a splash of sweetener. However, you can experiment by adding other tea leaves, using different types of milk or sweetener, and even making it cold for hot summer days.
Ingredients and Substitutions for Creamy Lavender Milk Tea Recipe
Coconut Milk: For a smoother texture, we use boxed coconut milk. The higher water content of boxed coconut milk makes for a great latte texture! Almond milk, oat milk, or any other vegan milk can be substituted. Whole milk or any other type of dairy milk can also be used. Almost any type of milk will suffice!
Dried Lavender Flowers: This is the recipe’s foundation! If you can’t find it in the shop or online, you can usually find dried lavender stems in the supermarket flower section and simply pull the dried lavender buds off the stem. Lavender paste, fresh lavender, lavender syrup, loose lavender tea, or lavender tea bags can all be substituted. Essential oils should not be used because they are not FDA approved or subjected to the same standards as food.
Adaptogenic Powder: Adaptogens are blends of dried, powdered functional foods that are commonly used in alternative medicine. They frequently contain mushrooms and other herbal ingredients that have been shown to benefit overall health. This isn’t strictly necessary, but I figured why not give this milk tea a little extra oomph? Substitutions: You can leave this out or use your favourite functional food, such as maca powder. When adding, remember that a little goes a long way!
Vanilla Extract: Vanilla gives this milk tea a rich flavour. We add flavour and mimic the creaminess of dairy milk by adding vanilla. Substitutions include imitation vanilla, vanilla bean paste, and vanilla bean powder. Vanilla can also be omitted. I suppose a whole vanilla bean could be used, but that appears to be a lot of work.
Honey: Honey adds sweetness and pairs especially well with lavender and vanilla! White sugar, maple syrup, agave, or brown sugar can be substituted.
Instructions for Making Creamy Lavender Milk Tea Recipe
- In a small saucepan, heat the milk, vanilla, adaptogenic powder, and lavender for 5 minutes over medium heat. Constantly stir.
- Pour honey into a mug and place a fine mesh sieve on top. Pour the hot milk mixture through the sieve and into the mug gently.
- Add the honey and mix well. It should easily combine with the hot milk. Enjoy! Top with extra frothed milk if you’re feeling fancy!
Top Tips to Note
- You can easily make this recipe ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for a few days. Warm leftovers in the microwave or on the stove before serving, or serve cold with ice cubes. In any case, avoid freezing!
- Adjust the strength of your tea by steeping it for a longer (stronger) or shorter (milder) period of time. If you’re not used to the floral lavender flavour, steep for a shorter period of time!
- Adjust the flavour with a dash of vanilla extract to taste!
- Another option for straining the lavender buds is to use a French press, which I love to use when making tea!
- If you don’t have lavender buds, you can substitute culinary lavender syrup. However, DO NOT USE LAVENDER OIL, as it is frequently not intended for human consumption.
- Make sure not to bring the milk to a boil while warming it on the stove. When it begins to steam, remove it from the heat.
- If you do not have a fine mesh do not worry! Simply take the lid of your cocktail shaker and place it upside down over your mug. To strain out the seeds, pour your milk mixture through the inverted lid.
What Stores Sell Adaptogenic Powder And Dried Lavender?
These are available in stores and online. Adaptogen powder is commonly found in health food stores, as well as the supplement aisles of Target and Whole Foods. You can also get it online here.In the spring, lavender can be found in the flower section of stores. Dried lavender seeds and dried stems can also be found with teas or near the checkout. If you buy stems, simply remove the seeds and use them. They are available online here.
Can this meet my Dietary Requirements?
This contains no artificial sweeteners, is gluten free, caffeine free, and dairy free. It becomes vegan if the honey is replaced with glucose or maple syrup.
Is a Mesh Sieve Required?
No, you can also remove the seeds with a large spoon, a pasta strainer, or even the top of an upside-down cocktail shaker. Are you looking to purchase a fine mesh strainer? Try it out!
Is it Possible to make this Iced?
Sure thing! To make an iced tea, heat 14 oz. milk with the lavender, adaptogenics, vanilla, and honey (yes, add the honey early). Then, pour the remaining cold milk into a glass filled with ice (I mean, really full!). Pour the lavender milk mixture into a cup filled with cold milk and ice, and serve. You can also steep everything in a Mason jar overnight and strain over ice in the morning.
Is Lavender Tea a Sleep Aid?
Some research suggests that lavender promotes sleep, but nothing is conclusive. Many people say lavender and warm milk are calming, and this has both! This is thought to be because lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties help to calm the nervous system, resulting in deep sleep. The smell is very relaxing for me, so it sets the tone for going to sleep and thus makes me sleepy!
Is there Caffeine in Lavender Tea?
Nope! This herbal tea is completely caffeine-free! If you prefer caffeine, add black tea or green tea bags to the milk for a lavender tea latte. Earl grey tea pairs well with lavender milk tea!
How can I Store Lavender Milk Tea?
Although we think this is best served immediately, if you don’t finish it, simply cover the mug and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, reheat in the microwave for 30 – 45 seconds or serve over ice. This is not suitable for freezing!
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