Happy Thursday!! If you remember, my favorite morning caffeine beverage is a chai tea latte. In Autumn, this transitions to my ULTIMATE fave, the pumpkin spice chai tea latte. I usually reserve this for slow, sleepy weekend mornings, like a Sunday treat. Weekdays are for straight up earl grey with a sprinkle of sugar. Well guess what? A couple months ago, I discovered the London fog tea latte.
It was like I'd died and gone to heaven. My mom ordered one at Starbucks over the holidays for a midday pick me up. You know that time of day right after lunch when you're starting to feel like a serious nap is on the way but its too late to drink coffee? Exactly. Well, I was immediately sold. A snazzy earl grey tea latte?? DONE!
Honestly, I can't even drink coffee in the mornings let alone in the afternoon, so I've always done tea. To be real with you, I can't do coffee at all. Very, very rarely will I have coffee. As in, I slept for 3 hours the night before and there's no way on Earth I'll make it through the day with a shot of caffeine.
It makes me crazy jittery, bad stomach, hands shaking and everything, after just 1 cup. Not a mug full, like 1 cup. 8 ounces people. London fog tea latte to the rescue!
Why don't I save myself some time and just go buy it you ask? Well, I like making my own tea in the morning and to be honest, I still find that Starbucks' lattes are a bit too sweet. Plus, making my own saves that $4 and change every day! Win win win. Oh and also, it takes 5 minutes. Less time than waiting in line!
Now. The London fog tea latte? EASIEST thing ever. What else could be in an early grey tea latte besides earl grey and steamed milk? A couple secret ingredients give it that special flavor: a little bit of lavender and some vanilla.
That's it! Add a pinch of sugar and you're all set. You can even use agave, honey, whatever sweetener you prefer. 5 minutes, 5 ingredients, no line. What are you waiting for??Print
- 1 teaspoon loose leaf earl grey tea or 1-2 bags earl grey tea (depending on how strong you like your tea!)
- ¼ teaspoon dried lavender buds
- 4 ounces cup steamed milk (about ½ cup)
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla paste*
- ¼ teaspoon white sugar
- Brew earl grey tea with lavender buds, letting it steep for about 5 minutes. Remove tea bags/tea strainer. If not using a tea strainer, make sure to strain the tea before adding the milk.
- If you don't have a steamer, scald ¼ cup of milk in the microwave, or on the stove. Using a frother or an immersion blender, froth the milk until you've got about a ½ cup.
- Pour steamed milk into the brewed tea, making sure to pour the milk from underneath the frothy top.
- Gently stir in vanilla and sugar. Top with frothy milk. Serve warm and enjoy!
I prefer to use vanilla paste because it has more flavor and a little bit of texture, adding richness to the latte. However, vanilla extract will also work just fine!
If you're not a fan of white sugar, you can try any of your favorite sweeteners! Agave, honey, etc.