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Read It and Eat It: A Truly Horrid Latte

What is better than a book? A latte with a book! And these lattes, inspired by Katrina Leno’s Horrid, are sure to put you in a cozy reading mood. Be warned though, while the lavender latte is probably safe, the roses are usually a bit more… well, horrid!


  • 1 cup milk, steamed or frothed
  • 2 oz espresso
  • lavender or rose syrup to taste



Take one cup of milk and steam or froth until you have about an inch of foam on top. If you do not have a frother, I suggest you get one – it’s honestly life changing. You can find ones for about $20 at most stores selling kitchen and home goods.

Then pour in 2 oz of espresso.

To make a lavender latte:

Add lavender syrup to taste. I recommend using Monin or Torani, which you can order online. When adding the lavender syrup, I recommend adding a teaspoon at a time, stirring and then tasting. Lavender can be quite a strong taste, so until you know how much you like add the syrup incrementally.

Garnish with culinary lavender.

To make a rose latte:

Add rose syrup to taste. Again I recommend using Monin or Torani, and adding the syrup incrementally.

Garnish with culinary rose petals.

Add sugar to taste after adding in the syrups. I find that rose and lavender are strong, but the syrup is occasionally not enough sweetener for my tastes. So I add additional sweetener if needed!