Iced Cardamom Lattes couldn’t be easier to throw together and make the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. If you love warm spices like maple, cinnamon and cardamom, you will love this fall seasonal drink!
This might be my new fall obsession. Forget pumpkin spice lattes and get on board the cardamom latte train. Even better, make it iced. But first, let me back up for a second and tell you about this drink.
The weather in Denver is amazing around this time of year; crisp and cool in the morning and evening with summer temperatures still creeping in during the day. It’s a little awkward on the cooking front because I started adding soups and chili back into the meal plan but then get seriously overheated when I have the leftovers for lunch the next day.
I like to think this drink is the perfect “in-between seasons” drink because I get to incorporate fall flavors and stay nice and cool. It’s the best afternoon pick-me-up and tastes exactly like the coffee shop drink I was hoping to recreate.
You may or may not remember me referencing a coffee shop in Minneapolis called Bread & Chocolate. They serve something called a Swedish coffee that has steamed milk, cardamom and cinnamon (and it’s just as awesome as it sounds). I don’t normally get fancy with my coffee – I’m a “cold brew splash of cream” kind of girl – but this was plain delicious and super unique. It had a touch of sweetness, just enough to bring all of the flavors together since cardamom can be a little bitter on its own.
What exactly is cardamom?
Cardamom seems to be one of those flavors you would likely recognize, unable figure out where you last tasted it. In general its most often used in baked goods like quick bread, spice cakes, muffins and desserts, probably right alongside cinnamon. Interestingly, I recently learned that while the Swedish might not actually use cardamom in coffee, it’s still a favorite spice in Swedish cooking/baking.
Sweden is also one of the world’s top coffee consumers, even ahead of the U.S. according to one article I read.
I’m part Swedish you know. It all makes so much sense.
They use the term “fika” in reference to grabbing coffee together – it could mean both the act of getting together or as a noun (i.e. “see you at fika”). Perhaps you should invite a friend to fika and make these iced cardamom lattes and everyone can just be happy.
How to Make a Shortcut Latte
Most latte recipes are complicated, whether it involves a fancy homemade simple syrup, milk frothers or espresso machines. Those are all great things, but this technique is a bit simpler and all you need is a mason jar.
- Milk (sub milk alternative per preference!)
- Chilled coffee (either cold brew, or regular hot brewed coffee that has been chilled)
- Sweetener (optional)
- Lot’s of ice
Shake the heck out of it to get some froth on top. I like to pour it into a separate glass and top with extra cardamom for presentation, but you can also dirty one less dish by drinking it straight out of the jar.
I’m not sure if this iced cardamom latte would be worthy of any of the menus in Sweden, but I’m still a big fan and I think you will be too.Print
Iced Cardamom Lattes
A seasonal afternoon pick-me-up featuring fall flavors of maple, cinnamon and cardamom.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 latte 1x
- Category: Drinks
- 6 oz strongly brewed black coffee, chilled
- 2–3 oz milk (I used 1%)
- 2 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
- plenty of ice!
- Add all ingredients to a mason jar. Screw the lid on tightly and shake well until frothy.
- Pour into a fun glass and top with an additional shake of cardamom.
- You could also sub 1 shot of espresso for the coffee if you have an espresso machine at home. Add extra milk (~6 oz) if you do.
- Any milk will work, but if you choose a sweetened variety you may need to adjust the amount of maple syrup.
- Serving Size: 12 oz
- Calories: 77 calories
- Sugar: 13 grams
- Fat: 1 gram
- Carbohydrates: 14 grams
- Protein: 3 grams
Keywords: iced latte, iced coffee recipes, cardamom, fall recipes
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This post was originally published on 9/10/18 and was updated and republished on 8/12/19.
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