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Recipe: Iced Rainbow Latte

Rainbow iced latte coffee

If you've known us for very long, you know that we'll take any excuse to get fabulous. And we don't mean "fancy pair of earrings" fabulous, or "scented beard oil" fabulous. We mean unicorn-costume, flowers-hanging-from-the-ceiling, edible-glitter-by-the-truckload fabulous.

So when rainbow coffee swept the Internet a few years back, we were like one giant heart-shaped-eyes emoj, and couldn't wait to make a version of our own.

Rainbow latte art

Well, it turns out that achieving a perfect technicolor swirl of milk foam is a lot harder than it seems. (And it seemed pretty hard, tbh. Just watch this video.) Nothing, of course, that our resident latte art champion Barista Bubba couldn't pull off with a little practice. But we couldn't take him away from the roaster for that long--the people need their coffee subscriptions!

So instead, we kept looking for a simpler version of the rainbow latte...and at last, we've found one! (Coincidence that it happened during Pride Month? We think not!)

If you're in the mood to give your at-home coffee a little Pride Month glam-up, we recommend using this recipe inspired by the famous version from NYC vegan cafe The Good Sort and tweaked for extra ease and optimal caffeination. With its soft swishes of color, its natural hints of flavor, and its extra boost of vitamins, this drink deserves to ride along on any summertime adventure.

Iced rainbow latte

Iced Rainbow Latte -- Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1/4-1/2 cup cold brew coffee OR 2-4oz. espresso
  • 3 tsp. hot water

  • 3 tsp. different colored superfood powders, divided into 1 tsp. each
    Example: 1 tsp. turmeric (yellow), 1 tsp. spirulina (blue), 1 tsp. powdered beet (red)
  • 1 cup milk or favorite non-dairy milk substitute
    *This will be divided into 1/3 cups
  • Favorite sweetener

  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Divide hot water into three small separate bowls. Add each of the three superfood powders into its own bowl of hot water, and whisk to dissolve.

  2. Add 1/3 cup milk to each bowl of colored hot water, and stir to dissolve.

  3. Add cold brew or espresso to a tall glass. Add favorite sweetener, to taste. Add ice to just below the glass rim.

  4. Begin layering the milk blends. Add one milk, then gently layer the next on top, being careful not to pour too heavily or milks will combine too quickly.

  5. Finish with a dusting of ginger, cinnamon, cocoa powder, or edible glitter.

More ideas for superfood rainbow colors:

  • Orange: ground goji berries, carrot juice
  • Green: wheatgrass powder, matcha tea, spinach juice
  • Purple: maqui berry powder, blueberry/blackberry juice
  • Pink: ground freeze-dried strawberries/raspberries

Image via The Daily Meal

Trying this at home? Post a photo of your rainbow latte and tag us @keweenawcoffee so we can admire your work!

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