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How to make an iced lilac latte

How to make an iced lilac latte - glass of iced coffee with cold foam and lilac cream on top

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This iced lilac latte is a delicious spring dream. Homemade lilac syrup and iced espresso elevate your afternoon pick me up.

Today we’re talking lilacs and lattes. Two of my favorite things. If you’ve been here awhile, you probably remember my lilac lemonade that goes viral every spring over on Pinterest. Being that it’s lilac season, I decided to try a lilac latte. I love lavender in coffee, so I thought, why not lilac?

It’s surprisingly really easy to make with only three ingredients – espresso, lilac syrup and cream. And if you’re nervous to try floral flavors in your coffee, just do it! The floral is very subtle and just takes your average espresso and makes it even more magical.

How to make an iced lilac latte top view - tray with fresh picked lilacs and glass of iced coffee topped with whipped foam and lilacs

Are lilacs edible?

Yes lilacs are in fact edible! They are part of the olive family believe it or not. So not only can you cut and enjoy the smell of lilacs, but you can also capture their essence in some amazing recipes using lilac syrups, sugars, and adding their blooms to different foods.

I have some more lilac recipes and other ways to use lilacs in this post here.

How to make lilac syrup

I used this recipe from The Spruce Eats to make my lilac syrup for my lilac latte.

You will want to make sure that you know the source of your lilacs to ensure that they are free of any pesticides and other chemicals. Also the longer you allow the lilacs to infuse, the stronger the flavor will be.

I stored my syrup in a dispenser like this one so that I could use it to add to my coffee. Keep refrigerated for 2 weeks.

(You can also use lilac syrup over ice cream, or use to make whipped cream for just a few other ideas!)

How to make an iced lilac latte

You will need:

  • Lilac syrup
  • Iced espresso
  • Cream or half & half

Directions:

1.) In a small glass, pour some cream and add a few pumps of lilac syrup.

2.) Use a frother to whip until it becomes a nice frothy consistency.

3.) Fill a large glass with ice.

4.) In the glass with ice, pour some iced espresso or coffee.

5.) Top with the foamed lilac cream and add a few lilac blossoms.

Enjoy!!!

How to make an iced lilac latte with fresh lilac syrup

 

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How to make an iced lilac latte - glass of iced coffee with cold foam and lilac cream on top

Iced Lilac latte

Iced espresso is topped with creamy foam and a sweet and subtle lilac syrup
5 from 3 votes
Course Drinks

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp lilac syrup
  • 1 cup espresso iced
  • 1/2 cup cream

Instructions
 

  • In a small glass, pour some cream and add a few pumps of lilac syrup.
  • Use a frother to whip until it becomes a nice frothy consistency.
  • Fill a large glass with ice.
  • In the glass with ice, pour some iced espresso or coffee.
  • Top with the foamed lilac cream and add a few lilac blossoms.
Keyword coffee, lattes, lilac, spring drinks
2 In food/ Recipes

Spring orzo salad

Spring orzo pasta salad - bowl with orzo, asparagus, peas, cucumbers, arugula and chopped feta topped with a crispy shallot vinegarette

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As the weather starts to warm up, I get so excited for salad season! Pasta salads, fresh vegetable and fruit salads with all the seasonal produce! That’s why I’ve decided to start a new weekly segment called “The Wednesday Salad” where each week I am going to bring you a new salad recipe to add to your menu. (Make sure you sign up below so you get every recipe right to your inbox!)

This spring orzo salad is a great addition to grilled chicken, steak or fish or just eat it as is for a light lunch.

And the dressing… omg! I can’t take credit for the dressing. I saw someone on Tik Tok make this crispy shallot vinaigrette and I’ve been putting it on all my salads ever since! So I decided to put it over some orzo, fresh asparagus, peas, arugula and cucumber for this spring orzo salad. You will love it!!

Spring orzo salad in a glass bowl on a table

Spring orzo salad

Ingredients

  • 1 box of orzo
  • 2 handfuls of fresh arugula
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup of frozen peas, defrosted
  • 2 bunches of asparagus, roasted
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

For the dressing:

  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Squeeze of some fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt/pepper

Directions:

1.) Start by making the dressing. Heat up some olive oil in a pan and add the diced shallots. Cook the shallots until they are a nice golden brown color.

2.) Pour the oil and the shallots from the pan into a glass jar or bowl. Add the other dressing ingredients, and mix well. I like to use my little handheld coffee frother to whisk it all up.

3.) Set aside the dressing in the refrigerator and bring a large pot of water to a boil.

4.) Once boiling, add the package or orzo and cook until al dente.

5.) Strain the water from the orzo.

6.) In a large bowl, add the orzo, arugula, cucumbers, asparagus, and peas.

7.) Add some crumbled feta and top with dressing.

8.) Mix together and serve.

 

This salad keeps well for a few days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I like to serve cold.

Spring orzo salad topped with crumbled feta cheese and a crispy shallot vinaigrette. Bowl filled with green vegetables - arugula, peas, cucumbers and asparagus

Spring orzo pasta salad - glass bowl with orzo, asparagus, cucumbers, arugula, peas and topped with feta cheese and a crispy shallot vinaigrette.

Enjoy!!!

 

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Spring orzo Salad recipe from Our Tiny Nest

 

Some of my salad must haves

Salad must haves glass salad bowl for salads, fruit. Dinner parties Glass salad bowl with acacia wood base and salad tongs Bentgo salad container for lunches or meal prepping TikTok viral vegetable chopper

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Spring orzo salad in a glass bowl on a table

Spring orzo salad

This spring orzo salad is a light side dish that pairs great with grilled chicken, steak or fish. Or just eat on it's own for lunch. Orzo is topped with roasted asparagus, peas, arugula and diced cucumber then topped with feta cheese and a crispy shallot vinaigrette.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Servings 5 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box orzo
  • 2 handfuls fresh arugula
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas defrosted
  • 2 bunches asparagus roasted
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled

For the dressing

  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Start by making the dressing. Heat up some olive oil in a pan and add the diced shallots. Cook the shallots until they are a nice golden brown color.
  • Pour the oil and the shallots from the pan into a glass jar or bowl. Add the other dressing ingredients, and mix well. I like to use my little handheld coffee frother to whisk it all up.
  • Set aside the dressing in the refrigerator and bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add the package or orzo and cook until al dente.
  • Strain the water from the orzo.
  • In a large bowl, add the orzo, arugula, cucumbers, asparagus, and peas.
  • Add some crumbled feta and top with dressing.
  • Mix together and serve.
Keyword pasta, salad, spring recipes
16 In food/ holidays/ Recipes

How to make a chocolate Easter bunny espresso martini

How to make a chocolate bunny espresso martini. Chocolate bunny with ears cut off filled with espresso martini and a straw topped with whipped cream and cadbury eggs

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These chocolate Easter bunny espresso martinis are a fun treat for the adults because who said it should all be for the kids?

If you love espresso martinis then you have to see how to make a chocolate Easter bunny espresso martini! This is the perfect cocktail for the adults on Easter. A hollow chocolate bunny is filled with espresso martini and served with a straw, whipped cream and mini Cadbury eggs! Scroll down for my recipe.

How to make a chocolate Easter bunny espresso martini

Ingredients:

How to make a chocolate Easter bunny espresso martini ingredients - vodka, iced coffee, coffee flavored vodka, chocolate bunny

Directions:

1.) Start by unwrapping your chocolate bunny and cut off the tops of the ears. You could also do this with a hollowed chocolate Easter egg too!

chocolate hollow Easter bunny for espresso martinis - cut the ears off and fill with espresso martini mix

2.) Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

3.) Into the cocktail shaker, add vodkas, iced coffee/espresso, syrup, and creamer if desired.

(This is the syrup I use for all my espresso martinis, it is amazing!!! )

how to make a chocolate Easter bunny espresso martini with Stonewall Kitchen sea salt espresso martini mix

4.) Shake well.

5.) Pour the espresso martini mix into the chocolate bunny.

6.) Optional – top with whipped cream and Cadbury eggs and serve with a straw.

 

Enjoy!

 

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This free Some Bunny Needs Wine Printable to gift your friends

My Easter Bunny Bait

The best deviled egg dip

 

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How to make a chocolate bunny espresso martini. Chocolate bunny with ears cut off filled with espresso martini and a straw topped with whipped cream and cadbury eggs

How to make a chocolate Easter bunny espresso martini

Serve some yummy espresso martinis in a hollow chocolate Easter bunny for a fun treat for the adults. Top with whipped cream and some mini cadbury eggs.
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert, Drinks
Servings 1 drink

Ingredients
  

  • 1 hollow chocolate Easter bunny
  • ice
  • 1 shot vodka
  • 1 shot coffee flavored vodka
  • 1/2 cup iced espresso or coffee
  • 1 shot simple syrup
  • half & half optional to taste
  • whipped cream optional
  • mini cadbury eggs optional

Instructions
 

  • Start by unwrapping your chocolate bunny and cut off the tops of the ears. You could also do this with a hollowed chocolate Easter egg too!
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Into the cocktail shaker, add vodkas, iced coffee/espresso, syrup, and creamer if desired.
  • Shake well.
  • Pour the espresso martini mix into the chocolate bunny.
  • Optional – top with whipped cream and Cadbury eggs and serve with a straw.
Keyword brunch,, cocktails, easter, espresso martini

 

17 In Recipes

Lilac Lemonade

Lilac lemonade

This lilac lemonade very quickly became a favorite among my Instagram friends (if you don’t follow me on IG click here!) so I thought it deserved a permanent spot on the blog. Who knew lilacs were edible? If you love the smell of these beautiful purple flowers, try adding a few sprigs into your lemonade. It’s just the right amount of lilac.

Lilac lemonade

Lilac Lemonade

Nicolle - Our Tiny Nest
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 hours
Course Drinks

Ingredients
  

  • 5 lemons
  • 2-3 sprigs of lilac Use more for a stronger floral flavor
  • 1 cup granulated sugar Use more to make sweeter (can also use simple syrup)
  • 5-6 cups water enough to fill your pitcher
  • ice

Instructions
 

  • Fill a pitcher with ice
  • Squeeze the juice of your lemons into the pitcher and add your wedges
  • Fill with cold water
  • Add your granulated sugar or simple syrup to sweeten
  • Put in your sprigs of lilac and stir
  • Let sit for 5-6 hours or longer for a stronger flavor
  • You can remove the lilacs prior to serving (you may need to strain) or leave in as a garnish.
Keyword lemonade, lilac lemonade, spring cocktails, spring drinks, spring recipes

Lilac lemonade

Add a splash of prosecco and serve with this summer burrata board for the most refreshing cocktail hour!

Lilac lemonade prosecco

If you love lilacs, then be sure to check out this post where I have 6 ways to use lilacs from lilac ice cream, beauty hacks and more!

I’ve also got this iced lilac latte recipe which is the perfect subtle floral flavor.

And for more ideas on what to do with your lilacs, try this lilac simmer pot!

For more refreshing drinks and cocktails check out

Rainbow Sangria  // Cucumber Elderflower Margarita

Pineapple grapefruit paloma  // My spicy watermelon margarita

 

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Lilac lemonade

 

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