One of my favorite warm drinks in the cooler months is an Earl Grey Latte. It makes waking up and getting out of bed a little easier.
Earl Grey Tea is a classic British blend that is simply black tea leaves infused with oil from bergamot. Bergamot is a fruit from the citrus family and smells and tastes like a combination of orange, lime, lemon, and grapefruit. My 2 favorite blends are Choice Tea Bags or Tao of Tea loose leaf. Both use quality ingredients, won’t break the bank, and taste bright, fresh, and perfect for this recipe. This tea contains about 50 mg of caffeine per tea bag, which is about half of a regular cup of coffee.
The first step is to simply heat your water to boiling, and place your tea bag or loose leaf tea in a tea strainer in a mug. Add the water to your mug with the tea and let steep for 4-5 minutes. I actually time it, because if it steeps too long, it becomes bitter. Next, add the vanilla extract, and sweetener if using, and stir to combine. Last, add your plant-based milk steamed and frothed if you’re feeling fancy, or if you are in a hurry, just add cold milk and your beverage will end up just the right temperature to drink immediately. Yay!
Freshly brewed Earl Grey Tea.
Earl Grey Latte
- milk frother, hand held milk frother, Mason jar
- 1 C. Water, filtered
- 1.5 t. Earl Grey loose leaf tea you could use 1 Earl Grey tea bag
- 1/4 t. Lavender, dried flowers optional, but adds a really nice flavor
- 1 t. Maple syrup optional, I use a slightly sweetened soy milk so don’t add additional sweetener but add as desired
- 1/4 t. Vanilla extract or paste
- 1/2 C. Soy milk, frothed and heated use any plant-milk you like
- Heat the water to boil. Place loose leaf tea and lavender buds in a tea strainer.
- Add hot water to your tea cup and steep for 4-5 minutes. Don’t steep too long, as it can make the tea bitter.
- Heat and froth your milk of choice. I used the Miroco frother, but you can use a hand held frother or even a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid.
- Add sweetener if using and vanilla to tea and then milk on top.