Tea Latte

Photo: K. Henriques

Over the last few years I’ve become more of a tea enthusiast and one of my favorite drinks now is a tea latte. I worked as a barista in a coffee shop for years and tried almost every drink on the menu except a tea latte (a.k.a. London Fog). Maybe it was because I needed a caffeine boost thanks to waking up at 5AM to open the shop, but tea was very much an afterthought. These days though, I find myself wishing for a tea latte over a vanilla latte.

Since I’m not driving to work everyday, I decided this is the perfect time to figure out how to make a tea latte at home. I’ve tried it before but never felt like I had the increments right and that can really affect the end result. I’m pleased to say that after two weeks I’m pretty close to mimicking my usual at the coffee shop.

Here’s what you need:

-2 tea bags (I’m currently using Harney & Sons Paris Blend but also love English Breakfast)

-hot water (approximately 1/2 cup)

-Sweetener (if desired)

-frothed milk*

Put some water on to boil and when it’s ready pour about a 1/2 cup into a good sized mug. Taking 2 tea bags, steep those in the water (Note: You can use just 1 tea bag, but I found using 2 tea bags created a better and more stronger taste). While you’re letting the tea bags steep, froth your milk. I know that many coffee shops use a simple syrup** to sweeten the tea lattes so I pour a little of that into the mug and stir. Once the milk is sufficiently frothed pour it into the mug. I leave the tea bags in there so they’ll continue to steep a bit longer.

Enjoy!

*I’m using the Nespresso Aeroccino3 Milk Frother but you can also do this yourself using an electric hand mixer or a frothing wand.

**If you want to make your own simple syrup mix equal parts sugar and water and then heat (on stove-top or microwave) until all of the sugar is dissolved.

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