Vegan Vanilla Iced Latte
I am a milk lover. I dream of the thick, foamy swirls that settle atop a steamy shot of espresso. I love the appeal of sipping a creamy, luxurious whole-milk latte first thing in the morning. Granted, I don't do it everyday, but on mornings when I don't have time for a proper breakfast (stay tuned for my favorite savory oats recipe), lattes are my go-to.
When entertaining, it's not convenient to be standing around making lattes for everyone, foaming milk a la minute. Unless you're fancy and have a friend or husband to act as a barista, it's time consuming and stressful. Now, you can absolutely serve regular coffee, but why not spice things up a bit? In the summertime, having a cold, refreshing pitcher of this almond milk latte is simply delightful. It's sweet, easy to make, and perfect for any of your friends with dietary restrictions (dairy-free, vegan, etc.)
Here is the formula (yes, I said formula!!) You count how many people are coming over. You make that many espresso shots. A few tablespoons of agave nectar, depending on how sweet you like your beverages. A dash of cinnamon. And several cups of almond milk: the amount of guests minus 1 to be exact. So let's say you have 5 guests; this means 5 shots of espresso, 4 cups of almond milk, 3tbs of agave. See below for my exact recipe that serves 4.
Dairy-Free Latte Pitcher
4 cups of high-quality original or vanilla almond milk, I prefer Califia Farms
5 shots of espresso
1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
2-3 tbs of agave nectar, depending how sweet you like your drinks
ice to serve
Make your espresso; I use a Nespresso machine which simplifies this even further. Add cinnamon and agave to the warm espresso, then mix. Add almond milk (or milk of your preference) and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Taste cold to make sure it's sweet enough, and serve over ice!
I served the lattes in Canvas Home MaryClare Tumblers [light blue color]. The pitcher I used was bought in Morocco- don't you just love the hand painted details?
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