August 4, 2021

Lavender-Cardamom Cold Brew Latte

I might as well call this the official summer iced drink of The Joyful Plateful! As soon as the first 60-degree days were in the forecast, I had a batch of cold brew coffee going in the fridge. Alongside of it was my favorite homemade lavender-cardamom syrup. My Lavender-Cardamom Cold Brew Latte is my favorite cold coffee drink, inspired by a local coffeeshop near where I used to work. Since I don’t make it over there very much anymore, I started making my own drinks at home (using dried lavender from my own herb garden!). And since my birthday is coming up, I’m sharing my recipe with you!

When the weather warms up, I start making cold brew. It’s usually my second cup of the day, because I will forever like to start my day with a mug of hot coffee. But by mid-morning, or maybe early afternoon, I switch to iced. I’ve been making cold brew at home for years, so I have handy little filter that inserts into a wide-mouth mason jar (see in pictures), and it’s available online. There are lots of other tools for making your own cold brew coffee, and you can also buy great cold brew concentrate in stores now, too - use whatever method is most convenient for you!

When it comes to the lavender-cardamom syrup, I use dried lavender from my own garden. To find dried culinary lavender, of course it’s available online, but also check out your local farmer’s market. Lavender is a pretty easy herb to grow, so most small farms with herb gardens have some. Markets also often have vendors with body products, many of which include lavender, and I’ve seen these sellers sometimes sell plain dried lavender flowers, too. Or check with a neighbor! I bet someone around you has an herb garden with lavender they are willing to share (especially if you offer to make them a drink…).

You may think it sounds strange to add flowers to your coffee, but trust me - it’s delicious! And paired with cardamom, the two flavors really enhance each other. I hope you get to try this recipe while the weather is warm. I’ll be raising my lavender-cardamom cold brew glass on my birthday in a few days for sure. Cheers!

Making cold brew coffee in a large Mason jar
Start by making your cold brew coffee a day in advance (if you are making your own).

Stages of making the lavender-cardamom syrup
The lavender-cardamom syrup can be made the same day, or in advance as well.

Pouring half-and-half into a Mason jar of cold brew coffee
Combine ice, cold brew coffee, syrup, and half and half (or milk of your choice), and enjoy!

Finished and stirred Lavender-Cardamom Cold Brew Latte in a Mason jar next to dried lavender spilling out of a jar

Original publication date: May 13, 2021

Lavender-Cardamom Cold Brew Latte

My Lavender-Cardamom Cold Brew Latte is my favorite cold coffee drink, inspired by a local coffeeshop - and the official summer iced drink of The Joyful Plateful!


Kira Freed - The Joyful Plateful











For cold brew coffee:

1 cup coarse-ground coffee

~1/2 gallon cool, filtered water

For Lavender-Cardamom Syrup:

2 cups water

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 Tbsp. dried lavender flowers

1/2 tsp. ground cardamom

For serving:

8 oz. cold brew coffee

1 oz. lavender-cardamom syrup

1 oz. half and half (or creamy plant-based milk of your choice)



  1. Start by making your cold brew the day before. Fill a cold brew coffee filter with 1 cup coarse ground coffee, place into a 1/2 gallon jar, and fill with cool, filtered water. (If you do not have a cold brew coffee filter, place the grounds directly in the jar and cover with water.) Place the jar in the refrigerator, and let steep 12 hours, or overnight. When the cold brew has steeped, remove the filter, pressing to extract any remaining liquid. (Or, if you brewed the grounds directly in the water, use a coffee filter and funnel to strain and transfer the cold brew into another jar.)
  2. To make the lavender-cardamom syrup, bring 2 cups water and 2/3 cup granulated sugar just to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat - just enough to let the sugar dissolve. Add the dried lavender and cardamom, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes to infuse the syrup. After 15 minutes, strain the syrup into a jar or bottle to remove the lavender, cover the jar or bottle, and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. To prepare and serve your ice coffee, fill a 16 oz. jar or glass half full with ice. Pour over 8 oz. prepared cold brew coffee, 1 oz. lavender-cardamom syrup, and 1 oz. half and half (or milk of your choice). Stir, and serve!
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May 24, 2022
I don't normally comment on recipes but this has got to be the best thing I've ever made. It came together pretty easy and made five meals - perfect for meal prep for the week. I already can't wait to make it again.
January 22, 2022
Sherry Ruiter
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