Coffee and tea–rivals since 1773 (when drinking tea was considered unpatriotic in America after the Boston Tea Party), but that’s all behind us now, although, there are people who fancy one over the other for personal preference.
I am more of a coffee drinker, but I usually like to drink tea at night because it feels more cozy and easy on my stomach. This then brings me to another latte recipe—london fog–an earl gray tea latte. Here’s my recipe:
INGREDIENTS: Bigelow earl gray tea bag 1/2 cup hot water 1/2 cup milk 1 tsp honey (or to taste) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
STEPS: 1. Steep your tea with 1/2 cup of hot water
2. While tea is steeping, froth milk: Using Nespresso Aeroccino
Using frothing wisk: heat milk, honey, and vanilla in saucepan but not to boil. Use wisk until milk foths. Using french press: Heat milk, vanilla extract, honey in microwave and pour warm milk in french press. Pump up and down with plunger until it froths.
3. Pour frothed milk in a stainless steel creamer pitcher or something you can easily pour with (if you used the French press, you can just pour from there, but just remove the lid). I like to use a SS creamer pitcher because it pours the froth better).
4. Express tea bag in the cup with a spoon to make sure you have a good concentrate of tea in the water. Throw tea bag and pour frothed milk slowly.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and what better way to celebrate it than with good ol’ Mr. Cuppa Joe.
Here’s how to make a beautiful Valentine’s latte.
Note: If you don’t have a frother, you can use a french press, but I’ve linked an inexpensive hand-held, easy-to-use frother from Amazon.
What you will need:
Freshly brewed espresso (or dark roast coffee)
Starbucks Caramel Syrup or Vanilla extract
Pink and/or red crystals for garnish (if you want to make it fancy)
Whipped cream (again, fancy factor)
Red food coloring (actually important)
Clear coffee mug (fancy factor AND important)
Step 1: Measure liquids. You’re only going to use 1/3 of your coffee mug for brewed coffee, and the rest is milk. Set your coffee aside in something you can pour with later, preferably with a spout. Place the milk in a sauce pan.
Step 2: Add 3 pumps of Starbucks Caramel Syrup and 3 drops of red food coloring. Slowly mix and heat the mixture, BUT NOT TO BOIL!
Step 3: Once the milk mixsture is hot, pour it in a french press (if you have a frother, you can use the frother in the saucepan). Swiftly pump up and down with the plunger for about 30 seconds. You will notice the milk mixture start to foam.
Step 4: Once you have frothed the milk mixture, REMOVE FRENCH PRESS LID (so you don’t separate the foam) and pour it in your coffee mug.
Step 5: Pour the coffee SLOWLY in the coffee mug. Use the round end of the spoon to help pour it slowly.
Step 6: Whip out that whipped cream and garnish with the pink sugar crystals!