A Little Nutty

by Oct 19, 2023Recipes, Southern Sandi

Espresso and Kahlua combine with pistachio liqueur and milk for a robust cocktail that’s perfect for starting your evening or ending dinner.

There is a seasonal drink at Starbucks called a pistachio latte that I order every time it is on the menu. The nutty flavor of the pistachios and rich, robust flavors of espresso are perfectly blended into a creamy drink that takes coffee to the next level. The recipe I am offering here is my boozy version of that drink.

My father-in-law knows how much I love pistachios and gave me a very large bag in the shells. I used them to encrust fish, sprinkled them atop ice cream and ate them raw right out of the shell. That is what gave me the idea to re-create a pistachio latte.

I could have made pistachio milk with the abundance of pistachios I had by soaking them overnight, blending them in a food processor and then straining them, but I prefer to just purchase it from the grocery store. Pistachio milk can be pricy and hard to find in your local grocery store, but I was able to find it at Whole Foods.

After a few attempts and variations of combinations, I was able to create a flavor closely reminiscent of the Starbucks version. I also found pistachio liqueur at the ABC store and thought it would be an excellent ingredient alongside Kahlua to make an adult version of the delicious pistachio latte.

This drink is easy to customize. If you want it sweeter, just add more sugar. If you want it creamier, add more pistachio milk. Need more of kick? Add more espresso. It is a simple recipe with a lot of room for creativity.

I served mine with a small cup of pistachios, and it was outstanding. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Pistachio Milk Espresso Cocktail
Espresso and Kahlua combine with pistachio liqueur and milk for a robust cocktail that’s perfect for starting your evening or ending dinner.
Espresso Pistachio Milk
Course Drink
Cuisine cocktail, Dessert
Keyword latte, milk, pistachio
Servings
drink
Course Drink
Cuisine cocktail, Dessert
Keyword latte, milk, pistachio
Servings
drink
Espresso Pistachio Milk
Instructions
  1. Brew your espresso and stream into a mug. Add the pistachio liqueur, Kahlua, pistachio milk and sugar into the espresso.
  2. Garnish with a side of pistachio nuts