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Rose Latte: A Latte By any Other Name…


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The latte has to be one of the most versatile types of coffee beverage available. Just by switching up the kinds of milk, sweeteners, syrups, and toppings you use, you can create a vast array of incredible drinks!

Consider trying a rose latte if you’re looking for something different and unique to shake up your morning routine! It’s sweet, floral, pink, and the perfect self-care pick-me-up when you’re having a rough day.

There’s no need to head to your favorite coffee shop to try a cup of rose latte for yourself. You can make this gorgeous drink right at home with just a few simple ingredients. Read on to learn how!

Rose Latte

What Is a Rose Latte?

While rose lattes seem like a special-occasion kind of drink, they’re actually not that different from a traditional latte. A rose latte is simply a latte with added flavoring to make it taste and smell like a rose. Also, the rose syrup used to make it adds a fun, slightly pink color that makes a memorable image for special moments!

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The rose latte is quickly growing in popularity, especially in the last few years. It’s fun, feminine, and feels fancy without being all that difficult to make. Plus, it’s versatile; you can make your rose latte hot or iced, and you can make it with tea if you’re looking to cut down on your espresso consumption.

Overall, this showy drink looks beautiful, but you can make it in a snap. Whether you want to impress your guests or a loved one or give your morning a little extra magic, this drink is the one to do it!

What Is a Rose Latte Made Of?

A rose latte is constructed the same way as a traditional latte; the only difference is that instead of adding plain simple syrup, it’s made with a rose simple syrup. The rose syrup is made with sugar, water, and dried rose petals or buds.

As far as the latte goes, all you need is some milk, syrup, and your espresso. There are also the toppings to consider. Lattes are incredibly versatile drinks and can be topped with just about anything; the same goes for rose lattes. You can also top it with dried rose petals, cinnamon, vanilla sauce drizzle, and more!

How Does a Rose Latte Taste?

Okay, so the rose latte is pretty, but is it any good? Absolutely! Rose lattes have a unique sweet and floral flavor. It’s aromatic, light, and sweet without going overboard. The rose cuts through the espresso’s bitterness to create a balanced drink that goes down easy.

Rose Latte Recipe: How to Make It

There’s nothing complicated about making this delicious coffee drink. As long as you know the basics of creating a regular latte, you shouldn’t have any problems. The biggest difference is that you’ll have to make the rose-flavored syrup from scratch. 

What You’ll Need

For the Rose Syrup

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dried rose petals or buds

For the Latte

To Make the Syrup

  1. Combine the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. As the simple syrup heats up, add the rose petals and bring to a boil. Your syrup will likely turn pink or red; this is normal!
  3. Boil the syrup for 1-2 minutes and allow it to reduce slightly, then take it off the heat.
  4. Allow your syrup to steep for about ten minutes.
  5. Strain out the rose petals and store your syrup in an airtight container, such as a glass jar, for up to two weeks.

To Make the Latte

  1. Prepare your espresso.
  2. Steam your milk. You can either use a steam wand or heat it on the stovetop, stirring gently until it reaches 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Pour a couple of tablespoons of your homemade rose syrup into the bottom of your mug or glass, to taste.
  4. Add the milk and froth it with the syrup to get a creamy foam that’s fluffy and pink.
  5. Add your espresso, stir gently, and top with a few extra rose petals if you like. Enjoy!

Here’s a tip: For an extra sweet boost, take a hint from Vietnamese coffee and combine your rose syrup with some condensed coconut milk before adding your frothed milk! It works great as an iced option as well!

FAQ’s

Are dried roses edible?

Yes, dried roses are edible. They are often used in tea and have a sweet and floral flavor. Dried roses can also be added to desserts or baked goods for a touch of flavor. They can also be used as a garnish, added to tea, or even eaten plain.

Where can you buy dried roses?

In the internet age, there’s no shortage of sources to find quality edible rose petals for all sorts of recipes, but specialty tea retailers are a quick and easy place to find them. Try Mountain Rose Herbs or Teasenz to get started!

Do rose lattes have any health benefits?

While rose lattes probably aren’t any healthier for you than regular lattes, you still get all the benefits of caffeine (in moderation). And roses are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, making this a nice drink if you’re feeling bloated, sore, or swollen.

What flavors go well with a rose latte?

Roses have a mild, floral taste, so to balance it out, you can add cinnamon, hazelnut, or cardamom to your rose latte to give it a spicy or nutty punch. Plus, you can always sweeten your rose latte with honey or condensed milk to make it more indulgent!

Happy Caffeinating!

Rose Latte

Rose Latte Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Rose latte is so pink and beautiful! It has a unique sweet and floral flavor, where the rose cuts through the espresso's bitterness to create a balanced drink that goes down easy!

Ingredients

  • FOR THE ROSE SYRUP
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dried rose petals or buds
  • FOR THE LATTE
  • A double shot of espresso
  • 10 ounces your choice of milk (whole dairy milk is great for frothing, but oat milk is a good alternative)
  • rose simple syrup to taste

Instructions

    TO MAKE THE SYRUP

  1. Combine the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. As the simple syrup heats up, add the rose petals and bring to a boil. Your syrup will likely turn pink or red.
  3. Boil the syrup for 1-2 minutes and allow it to reduce slightly, then take it off the heat.
  4. Allow your syrup to steep for about ten minutes.
  5. Strain out the rose petals and store your syrup in an airtight container, such as a glass jar, for up to two weeks.


TO MAKE THE LATTE

  1. Prepare your espresso.
  2. Steam your milk.
  3. Pour a couple of tablespoons of your homemade rose syrup into the bottom of your mug or glass, to taste.
  4. Add the milk and froth it with the syrup to get a creamy foam that’s fluffy and pink.
  5. Add your espresso, stir gently, and top with a few extra rose petals if you like. Enjoy!
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