Ready for a delicious beverage to warm you up? You’ve come to the right place.
I could go on and on about my love for fun and funky locally owned coffee houses. One that I really love is about an hour and a half from my house (bummer), but when I go there I buy two drinks (winning!). I put one in my super-awesome-keeps-drinks-warm-for-eight-hours-thermos. The other I guzzle right away.
One of my new favorite drinks at this coffee shop is called The Old Smoke, which might just be the best name for a coffee shop drink ever. It gives me visions of Ingrid Bergman in the 1940s sitting in a dimly-lit jazz lounge, sipping wine. Is that just me? 😀. The drink is so simple: milk, earl grey tea, and a simple syrup. I’ve had tea lattes like this before, and I’ve always loved them. So I thought it was about time to start making them myself.
Have you ever let tea steep in milk versus water? It’s amazing! And depending on what tea you use, the combo of tea and milk can really get things tasting like fall/winter. For instance, to make my tea lattes I really like to use the apple cider tea from Teavana. With a little sprinkle of cinnamon on top it can really start tasting like Christmas up in here. 😎. Too soon? I understand.
Now, I personally love to froth my hot milk either before or after steeping the tea, but this isn’t necessary at all. It just gives it that foamy latte feel. I have a little frothing wand that I got after Nigella Lawson said it was a good kitchen appliance for those who don’t have espresso machines. (I love her). But if you’re lucky enough to have an espresso machine, by all means use that. Or skip the frothing and get right to the drinking!
I also really love to you lavender tea for this, and of course you can’t go wrong with chai. That would be like cheating your way to a chai latte. Sounds pretty fabulous to me.
This would be perfect to sip while watching some of your favorite Halloween movies. May I suggest The Haunting? (1960s version with Julie Harris). I also really love the Japanese horror movie House (a weird film I like to describe as a cross between The Grudge and a Mentos commercial). I also really like The Phantom Carriage, Eyes Without a Face, Diabolique, Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie, Night of the Demon, and The Living Skeleton. Mwhahaha! Happy snacking!
- Tea of your choice (enough for one serving)
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- A tsp. of honey (or to taste)
- A pinch of cinnamon
- In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the milk up so it is very hot, but not boiling. Alternately, place milk in a microwave safe mug and microwave until hot, or use an espresso machine.
- When heated through, steep your tea according to package instructions.
- If you didn't heat your milk with an espresso machine, froth it with a frothing wand if desired.
- Add in honey and top with cinnamon.