Introducing La Natura Coffee’s Monthly Brew. This month: Iced Pistachio Latte with a Brown Butter Twist

We're always whipping up new and exciting coffee and espresso creations here at La Natura Coffee. However, when those warmer months roll in, there's something so satisfying about revisiting our favorite seasonal treats. One drink we always find ourselves craving is the Iced Pistachio Latte. This month, we're kicking off our new recipe series with a refreshing spin on this beloved drink, adding in a touch of browned butter goodness for extra nutty richness.
Sure, those big coffee chains have their delicious drinks, but there's something truly special about crafting your own lattes at home. Plus, you get to control the quality of the ingredients and the level of customization!
Since summer is practically knocking on our door, we figured an easy recipe for an iced version of this delightful drink would be the perfect way to cool down. Here's how to make our Iced Pistachio Latte with Brown Butter in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Iced Pistachio Latte

Iced Pistachio Latte Ingredients:

  • 1-2 espresso shot of La Natura Coffee (We recommend our "Beauty" blend for its delicious taste and its special blend of vitamins and minerals that promote healthy skin, hair, and nails.)
  • 1 cup of cold milk (Your preferred dairy or plant-based milk alternative like oat milk)
  • 2 tablespoons of pistachio syrup (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 tablespoon brown butter topping (see recipe below)
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: Whipped cream, chopped pistachios, or crushed shortbread cookies for garnish

How to make an Iced Pistachio Latte with Browned Butter:

  1. Brown Butter Magic: First things first, let's create that nutty magic! Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, swirling occasionally, until it turns a light golden brown color and gives off a nutty aroma. Be careful not to burn it! Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. Make your pistachio syrup (optional): If you're feeling adventurous, whip up our homemade pistachio syrup. Check out the recipe below, or feel free to use a store-bought option.
  3. Prepare Your Espresso: Begin by brewing 1 - 2 espresso shot of La Natura Coffee (we're big fans of our "Beauty" blend) on your Nespressso espresso machine. This coffee is not just a beverage; it's an experience that enhances the nutty pistachio with its exquisite flavor profile. Don't have a Nespresso espresso machine? Any espresso shot will do, even instant espresso!
  4. Mix the Magic: In a pitcher, combine the hot espresso with the pistachio syrup. Stir well to ensure the syrup is fully dissolved. This step infuses the espresso with all the sweet, nutty goodness of pistachios.
  5. Add Cold Milk and Browned Butter: Pour milk into your espresso-syrup mixture and cooled brown butter. Stir until everything is well combined. The milk softens the espresso's robust flavors and the nutty browned butter perfectly compliments the pistachio flavor.
  6. Let It Chill: To transform this into the perfect iced beverage, fill a glass to the brim with ice cubes.
  7. Pour and Enjoy: Gently pour your pistachio latte mixture over the ice. The liquid should be cool and refreshing as it hits the ice, perfect for a warm day.
  8. Garnish (Optional): Add whipped cream, a sprinkle of chopped pistachios, or crushed shortbread cookies for an extra touch of indulgence.

Elevate Your Iced Latte with Easy Homemade Pistachio Syrup

Want to upgrade your pistachio latte? Making your own pistachio syrup is a delightful way to accentuate all that delicious pistachio flavor and it's easier than you might think. Not only does homemade syrup taste fresher and richer than store-bought, but it also allows you to adjust how sweet you want your coffee to your liking. Plus, it can be stored in the fridge for a couple of weeks, ready to enhance any drink you fancy.
Pistachio oil with nuts on a white background

Easy Homemade Pistachio Syrup Recipe

Pistachio Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pistachio extract (optional, for extra flavor)

How to make Homemade Pistachio Syrup:

  1. Blend: Add pistachios and water to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Simmer: In a saucepan, combine the pistachio mixture, sugar, and optional extract. Bring to a low simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Dissolve & Cool: Once the sugar is dissolved (about 3-5 minutes), remove from heat and let cool completely.
  4. Strain & Store: Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Iced Pistachio Latte with Browned Butter

And there you have it — your very own Iced Pistachio Latte with Browned Butter! This drink is not only a great way to kickstart your morning but also a delightful afternoon pick-me-up. At La Natura Coffee, we believe in the beauty of blending flavors, and we hope you enjoy this creative twist on a coffeehouse favorite. Stay tuned for more tasty treats in our upcoming posts. Happy brewing!

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