Afternoon pick-me-up anyone?
This might be my new fall obsession you guys. I’m going to get bold and say it - 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 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 in this post back in February. They serve something called a Swedish coffee that has steamed milk, cardamom and cinnamon. I don’t normally get fancy with my coffee 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 it’s own.
How to use Cardamom
Cardamom seems to be one of those flavors you would likely recognize, unable figure out where you last tasted it. In general it’s 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 it 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. one article I read. I’m part Swedish you know! It all makes so much sense.
Another fun fact: 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”). I’m not sure if this iced latte would be worthy of any of the menus over there, but I’m still a big fan and I think you will be too!
Iced Cardamom Lattes
A seasonal afternoon pick-me-up featuring fall flavors of maple, cinnamon and cardamom.
Author: Leanne Ray, MS, RDN
Yield: 1 serving | Prep time: 5 minutes
6 oz strongly brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature and then chilled
2-3 oz milk of choice (I used 1%)
2 tsp pure maple syrup
1/8 tsp each: cardamom and ground cinnamon
Plenty of ice
Add all ingredients to a mason jar, then screw the lid on tightly and shake well until frothy.
Pour into a fun glass and top with a shake more of cardamom.