The floral flavor of rose is balanced by the earthy sweetness of vanilla and rooibos in this caffeine free Rose Tea Latte with Vanilla Rooibos.
Normally I’m not a huge fan of floral flavors like rose or lavender, but this Rose Tea Latte with Vanilla Rooibos is surprisingly mellow. The addition of cream helps with that, and the vanilla and rooibos add complexity. It’s a feminine drink with a surprising balance of earthy and floral flavors and creamy texture. You can use a little beet root powder food coloring if you want to make it pink.
I’ve seen a lot of rose tea lattes with earl grey tea or matcha tea. I like to use rooibos, which is a caffeine free herbal tea that has a slightly sweet and fruity flavor and mild aroma. Keeping this drink caffeine free means that I can enjoy it in the evening! You can swap out the rooibos for any kind of tea you think would pair well with the flavor of rose.
Are Rose Petals Toxic to Humans?
I spent a significant amount of time living in different areas of the Middle East (Kuwait, Jordan, and Syria) and during this time I discovered the delicately refreshing flavor of rose in drinks and desserts. Various forms of roses are used in cooking there, including rose water and dried petals and rose buds.
Certain varieties of rose are edible, but make sure you buy organic (because you don’t want to ingest chemicals and pesticides). I buy this brand of rose water and this brand of rose buds and rose petals.
How Do You Make Tea From Rose Buds?
In its most basic form, dried rose petals or rose buds are steeped with near-boiling water to make a floral tea-like drink. But this drink is actually not tea; the technical term for it is a “tisane”. Of course you can steep dried rose along with some form of tea in very hot water, and then it becomes rose-flavored tea.
Rose Tea Latte
Ingredients in a Rose Tea Latte
In my recipe for Rose Tea Latte with Vanilla Rooibos, I include the following ingredients:
- Boiling water
- Rooibos tea bag
- Culinary-grade dried rosebuds
- Pure vanilla extract
- Liquid stevia (or sweetener of choice)
- Heavy whipping cream
How Do You Make a Rose Tea Latte?
My Rose Tea Latte with Vanilla Rooibos is very easy to make:
- Steep the rooibos tea bag and rosebuds in the water for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the vanilla, stevia, and cream.
- Serve warm.
Rose Milk Tea Latte
There are two ways you can make a rose milk tea latte: 1) steep rosebuds in water and add foamed milk, or 2) steep rosebuds in hot milk.
Does Rose Milk Tea Have Caffeine?
Rosebuds and rose water don’t have caffeine, so rose drinks only have caffeine if you add tea that contains caffeine, such as earl grey tea or matcha.
Starbucks Blossoming Rose Tea Latte
Last year in Canada, Starbucks released the Teavana™ Blossoming Rose Tea Latte. Here’s what Starbucks Stories said about it:
Inspired by Japanese sakura tea, a rose syrup was created that’s reminiscent of rose water and added rhubarb bitters and a hint of strawberry jam. The blossoming rose flavor pairs perfectly with the natural red-hue of rooibos tea but can be added to black and matcha tea as well. This latte looks as luscious as it tastes thanks to naturally flavored rose and hibiscus crystals delicately sprinkled on top for a fabulous floral finish. Available in participating stores in Canada.
How to Make an Iced Rose Tea Latte
To make the iced version of a rose tea latte, simply steep the rose buds in hot water as normal, let it cool to room temperature, strain out the rose buds, and then refrigerate the liquid until chilled. Serve the rose-steeped water over ice, with your sweetener of choice and a splash of your milk of choice.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make an iced rose tea latte, skip the steeping and instead use rose water! Add rose water to taste to a glass of ice water, and then add sweetener and milk as desired. If you want it a pretty shade of pink, you can add a little beet root powder food coloring.
More Unique Latte Recipes:
- Spiced Chamomile Tea Latte
- Bulletproof Matcha Latte
- Paleo Almond Milk Chai Latte
- Blended Iced Cinnamon Lattes
- Banana Golden Milk Turmeric Latte Nice Cream
- Oatmeal Latte
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Snack Cake
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Rose Tea Latte with Vanilla Rooibos
Steep the rooibos tea bag and rosebuds in the water for 5 minutes.
Stir in the vanilla, stevia, and cream.
Net Carbs: 1g
Vegan Version: Use unsweetened full-fat coconut milk instead of heavy whipping cream. Sweeten with stevia or agave nectar.
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