Cafe Lattes get all the attention. And don’t get me wrong, espresso is great…unless you don’t like coffee. Though that is not me personally it is however my sister, Heidi. Even though my spice and tea business has been clearly an amazing venture for myself, it has been life changing for my sister. Like for real, I was thinking about this the other day and this little business of mine has literally changed her life on a daily basis. Before Rachel’s she rarely used herbs/ spices and certainly not spice blends. But now she enjoys how easy and flavorful they make cooking. AND my poor sister was relegated to Mountain Dew as her caffeine of choice for so many years. As a non coffee drinker her options for a morning pick me up felt limited at best. She discovered tea before my business but didn’t become a regular tea drinker until I opened my cafe in 2018…this was the year of the tea latte for Heidi. Not only did she learn how to make a latte but also had fun trying and creating new teas. And she now makes a tea latte every morning at home. Saves herself a boat load of money and there’s nothing like a homemade chai or London fog latte! When we had the cafe we sold a TON of tea lattes. And the good news is I think these are much easier to make at home than a cafe latte. Making the concentrate ahead of time is clutch though, with a concentrate ready to go these are ready in the matter of just a few minutes!
So if you don’t drink coffee or espresso, think about tea or even a tea latte to jump start your day! And don’t be afraid to get creative with the tea you use. Creamy Dreamy Earl Grey and Chai Chai are staples but teas like Great Balls of Fire and Maple Oolong make great lattes too! If you are caffeine sensitive try some decaf options like Rooibos Chai and Decaf Vanilla.
Chai Tea Latte
- 1 4 cup glass measuring cup or heavy duty plastic pitcher.
- Spoon for mixing
- vessel for steeping tea (bags, diffuser etc)
- Measuring Utensils
- Tea Kettle ( stove top or electric)
- 3 TBSP Rachel's Spice Co Chai Chai Tea https://rachelsspicecompany.com/product/chai-chai/
- 32 oz Boiling Water
- 1/4 cup Honey
- 1 Cinnamon Stick (optional but great)
- Milk of Choice
- Put the tea in the vessel of choice (bags etc) and place in the 4 cup measuring cup/container. Add the cinnamon stick to the container
- Add the boiling water, making sure to gently pour over the tea. This starts the steeping process.
- Add the honey to the hot water and gently stir.
- Steep for at least one hour but I honestly prefer to leave it for most of the day.
- When done steeping you now how a concentrate to make a Chai Tea Latte. You can make one right away (highly recommended) or store in the refrigerator to make one later.
- To make the actual latte: mix 10oz of the tea concentrate with 4 oz of the milk of your choice. Heat until desired temperature and garnish with cinnamon. OR Pour over ice and have a refreshing treat!
London Fog Latte
- 1 Tea Kettle (stovetop or electric)
- Vessel for Tea (tea bags or infusers)
- 1 4 cup measuring cup or heavy duty plastic pitcher
- Spoon for stirring
- Measuring Utensils
- 2 TBSP Rachel's Spice Co Creamy Dreamy Earl Grey https://rachelsspicecompany.com/product/creamy-dreamy-earl-grey/
- 32 0z boiling water
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2-1 tsp vanilla extract
- milk of choice
- Put the tea in the bags or infuser of choice. Place in a 4 cup glass measuring cup or heavy duty pitcher.
- Add the vanilla to the container.
- Add the boiling water to the container making sure to gently pour the water over the tea. This starts the steeping process.
- Add the honey to the container and stir gently.
- Steep for at least one hour but I prefer to let this sit for most of the day.
- When done steeping remove and discard ( makes great compost!) the bags. You can make a tea latte right away (highly recommend) or store in the fridge for later use.
- Now that you have a concentrate you can make a London Fog Latte in the matter of minutes!To make a London Fog combine 10oz of the tea concentrate with 4 oz of the milk of your choice. You can either heat it to your desired temperature or pour it over ice!This concentrate makes enough for about 4 good sized drinks. Feel free to half or double the recipe for your own personal needs!