We’re adding lavender simple syrup to our coffee, and lemons and lavender to our Healthyish cakes, for an indulgent afternoon pairing.
We’re in the thick of summer in my part of the world, which means all drinks must be ice cold. To stay refreshed, we’ve been sipping our rosé in extra frozen form and caffeinating with cold brew. There’s nothing quite like an afternoon pick-me-up paired with a sweet treat, so I have a lavender simple syrup and dessert pairing for your summertime cravings.
Since a lot of coffee shops use flavors made from questionable ingredients, I tend to stick to the basics when it comes to my caffeine. However, one of my favorite coffee shops makes their own lavender simple syrup, making it a justifiably healthyish indulgence. This also means I’m there a lot.
In the spirit of prudence, I came up with a home version. Making lavender simple syrup at home also means adding honey to the mix, which provides more health benefits than your average sweetener. This lavender simple syrup really ups the ante on home cocktail mixing too.
Cold brew coffee is easy and cost effective to make at home. However, I made this lavender simple syrup in pursuit of an indulgent iced coffee experience, so I treated myself my favorite cold brew- Slingshot Coffee.
Slingshot Coffee is always brewed with single-origin coffees that are 100% Certified Organic, and here at Healthyish, we value organic products and transparency. We also value coffee because it ain’t easy fulfilling the world’s individually portioned cake needs!
Typically, I’d stick to a splash of half & half or milk, or just drink my cold brew black, but when it comes to using this lavender simple syrup, I like to indulge even more. I combine the cold brew, lavender simple syrup and a little splash of organic heavy cream with ice, top the glass, then shake the mixture vigorously.
The result is a creamy, nutty, floral iced coffee with a frothy top, and once you try it, it’s hard to go back to regular cold brew drinking.
While I had the lavender and lemon flavors on my brain, I decided to get fancy with my Tangy Lemon Healthyish Cakes. A single lemon slice adds a tart flavor and pretty focal point, and dried, food-grade lavender buds makes your cake look and taste extra special.
Simply stir a tablespoon or two of lavender buds into the cake mix. Once you pour the batter into the cake container included with your kit, add the lemon slice and bake according to the instructions.
While the honey’s out, feel free to drizzle cakes with honey or even a bit of the lavender simple syrup before serving, or top with a dollop of organic vanilla bean ice cream to combat the heat.
You could also take the “poke cake” approach to flavoring your Healthyish cake. Immediately after removing your cake from the oven, poke the surface several times with a toothpick, then pour a Tablespoon (more or less, according to your taste preferences) over the surface. The warm cake will absorb the lavender simple syrup and its floral sweetness.
Not only are Healthyish cakes here to save you from your sweets cravings, but they’re little canvases for your creativity. Remember to let us know how you customize your Healthyish subscriptions by using #healthyishfoods when you ‘gram your creations.
We hope your summer afternoons are cooler and sweeter with these ideas!
Lavender Simple Syrup
1 cup filtered water
3 Tablespoons fresh or dried lavender flowers
1/2 cup organic raw cane sugar
1 cup honey
1 vanilla bean pod, sliced in half lengthwise
To make the syrup, bring 1 cup water, 1 Tablespoon of lavender buds and vanilla bean to a boil.
Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup honey and stir until they have dissolved. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes before removing from the heat. Allow to cool, then strain and bottle.
The recipe makes a very sweet syrup and will yield just over 1 cup. If you would like to make more, simply double or triple all of the ingredients. Store in the refrigerator.
Lavender Iced Latte
serving size: 12 oz
6 oz cold brew coffee*
6 oz cold, filtered water*
1-2 Tablespoons lavender simple syrup
1-2 Tablespoons organic heavy cream
Combine ingredients in a mason jar or cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cream is frothy. Serve on ice.
*Note: Cold crew and water ratios are based on the standard 1:1 ration, but check your specific cold brew for serving ratios.
Lemon Lavender Healthyish Cakes
yield: one Healthyish cake
Add 1-2 Tablespoons to your Tangy Lemon Cake mix, depending on desired lavender flavor. Pour the batter into the container included with your kit. Top with an organic lemon slice, and bake according to the kit instructions.
Optional: Drizzle with honey or Lavender Simple Syrup
Quelcy is a Pittsburgh based food stylist, photographer, dessert advocate and crazy dog lady. She shares seasonally inspired recipes rooted in nostalgia on her blog, WithTheGrains.com. Her favorite Healthish combo is tangy lemon cake with a dollop of dark chocolate frosting.