Can you think of some of the most eccentric latte recipes you’ve ever heard of? One of the most popular latte recipes that diverge from the typical milk-and-espresso concoction is the green tea latte. Though the concept is the same, the recipe for a green tea latte can differ from one coffee shop to the next.
In some coffee shops, the green tea latte recipe involves tea bags with green tea leaves steeped in milk, with frothy milk poured over the top. Other coffee shops offer green tea lattes that stir matcha powder into the milk in place of green tea leaves.
Back in 2015, green tea and matcha powder sales were through the roof. Originally a popular addition to beverages in Japan, green tea and matcha powders were making their way into the mainstream coffee shop scene in the United States. The major appeal was the ingredients’ ability to provide a caffeine kick without containing espresso.
Green tea latte recipes are now common alternatives to the traditional latte-- so, we thought it would be fun to share some latte recipes you’ve never heard of! Get ready to be awed by how creative latte recipes can be, both with and without coffee.
Here are seven latte recipes you’ve probably never heard of:
- Pastel Pink Beet Latte
- Blood Orange Latte
- Golden Turmeric Latte
- Honey Lavender Matcha Latte
- Aqua Blue Mermaid Latte
- Purple Sweet Potato Latte
- Rainbow Unicorn Matcha Latte
Pastel Pink Beet Latte
Representing the outermost color of the rainbow, we have the pastel pink beet latte! Also referred to as the pink power latte, this latte recipe calls for beet powder, maple syrup, and the milk of your choice.
The most interesting part about a pastel pink beet powder latte is that nearly anyone can sip on this beverage without worrying about dietary restrictions. Pink power lattes are free from any animal products, meaning the plant-based drink is vegan. Beetroot lattes are also considered paleo because the ingredients are so simple and natural.
In addition to its paleo and vegan nature, a pastel pink latte does not contain any caffeine. This is an excellent alternative to your typical espresso-based lattes, especially for people who are sensitive to caffeine or looking to limit their daily caffeine intake.
You can find the pastel pink beet latte recipe here.
If you like the idea of beetroot lattes and you happen to be a big fan of dark chocolate, we also recommend the red velvet latte! The base of this latte recipe comes pre-packaged as a powder, so all you have to do is mix a scoop of red velvet powder with your favorite milk. In a matter of minutes, you’ll have a latte that tastes eerily similar to red velvet cupcakes.
Blood Orange Lattes
It’s important to make sure you drink enough water alongside your daily coffee, but as long as you stay hydrated, a latte or two a day is perfectly fine. You don’t have to give up espresso entirely to lead a healthy lifestyle! Take the blood orange latte recipe, for example.
Made with the juice of freshly-squeezed blood oranges, a blood orange latte is the perfect combination of tangy and bitter. The acidic kick of the blood oranges pairs marvelously well with the deep flavor of quality espresso. Not only is a blood orange latte absolutely delicious, but it is also one of the only latte recipes that produces an orange drink! Get ready to be asked what you are drinking-- it’s not every day that people see a latte with orange-colored milk.
Golden Turmeric Latte
If you have yet to try a golden turmeric latte, allow us to introduce to you one of the most brilliantly colored lattes to this day! Adding turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger transforms the milk of your choice into liquid gold.
There are many health benefits linked to turmeric powder. Turmeric contains medicinal properties, primarily due to its high concentration of curcuminoids. The number-one curcuminoid found in turmeric powder is called curcumin, which happens to do wonders with the elimination of inflammation in our bodies. Also an excellent antioxidant, curcumin helps to repair tissue damage that occurs in our bodies.
Black pepper might seem like a nonchalant addition to the latte recipe, but this ingredient actually plays a key role in your body's absorption of turmeric! Curcumin and the other curcuminoids found in turmeric are not very readily accepted by our digestive tracts, so black pepper helps the body make good use of curcumin.
Take the golden turmeric idea one step further by trying the golden turmeric chai tea bags from Rishi. Steep the tea bag, honey, vanilla, and pepper in frothed milk of your choosing! The added ingredient of chai leaves takes the spice up a notch. Golden turmeric chai concentrate is available as well.
Honey Lavender Matcha Latte
You’ve probably heard of lavender-infused honey, and you’ve definitely heard of matcha lattes by now-- but what about a honey lavender matcha latte? The latte recipe for this matcha-based beverage is very similar to a green tea latte recipe, but adding a homemade honey lavender syrup gives the matcha a sweet and floral taste.
- Honey lavender syrup
- Organic honey
- Dried lavender
- Cane sugar or artificial sweetener
- Matcha powder
- Unsweetened milk of your choice
Aqua Blue Mermaid Latte
Another example of a coffee-free drink idea is the aqua blue mermaid latte! Made with butterfly pea powder, this mermaid latte recipe is as delectable as it is beautiful. The butterfly pea powder, spirulina, and blue matcha will all contribute to the blue color of your aqua mermaid latte.
Though the name might make you think the pea powder comes from butterflies, it is actually derived from an Asian plant called the pigeonwing. The petals are pulled from their stems and dried in the sunlight, and from there, the pigeonwing petals are turned into a blue-hued tea. Butterfly pea powder is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, so this blue latte recipe is also very good for you!
- Butterfly pea powder
- Cacao butter
- Coconut oil
- Blue matcha
- Agave syrup
- Sea salt
- Collagen powder
- Milk of your choice
Purple Sweet Potato Latte
Purple sweet potato lattes are a novelty in Korea, and the beverage is slowly making its way to coffee shops and tea shops around the world. Though the outer skin of a purple sweet potato is a subtle yellow color, the inside is a gorgeous purple color.
The latte recipe for purple sweet potato lattes is very interesting because it is highly suggested that you blend the sweet potato with the milk of your choice before warming the milk. Your beverage can be any shade of purple because the color depends on the ratio of purple sweet potato to milk! Learn more about the purple sweet potato latte recipe here.
- Purple sweet potato
- Organic sugar or sweetener
- Milk of your choice
Rainbow Unicorn Matcha Lattes
Why settle for a single-colored drink when you could sip on every color of the rainbow? You have probably heard of rainbow lattes before. A few years ago, photographs of rainbow lattes started appearing all over the internet. The fact that rainbow lattes are gorgeous and aesthetically pleasing goes without saying, and everyone seemed really fascinated by the mystery that surrounded the latte’s art.
Crafting rainbow lattes seems like magic. How else could you possibly pour a rosetta with milk that looks just like the rainbow? Believe it or not, you can recreate this gorgeous drink from home by following the rainbow latte recipe.
Rainbow unicorn lattes are essentially an example of an elaborate green tea latte recipe. With matcha powder as the main ingredient, rainbow unicorn matcha lattes make an already incredible beverage even more appealing. You can also take the rainbow latte to the next level by adding sprinkles or edible glitter on top of your latte art for a unicorn effect.
- Beetroot powder
- Blue algae
- Matcha powder
- Food coloring, if desired
- Milk of your choice
Tasting the rainbow has never been so literal. Whether you are a classic shop looking for some flare or are known for your out-of-this-world lattes, choosing something fun and colorful is a great way to draw customers into your shop. The novelty of a creative drink can get people through the door, but your delicious brewing and blending will definitely make them want to stay!
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