My favorite tea latte is a London Fog, mainly because I get to use my all time favorite Cream of Earl Grey Tea. Our CEG (cream of earl grey) has hints of vanilla bean, and the tea is already super creamy and decadent. Once you add a splash of vanilla syrup and some steamed milk or non-dairy beverage you will have created by far, the best London Fog in town. Here is how you do it... LONDON FOG Place a heaping teaspoon of The Social Tea Co.'s Cream of Earl Grey, into a steeper or tea bag. Pour enough fresh boiling water to cover the tea bag, approximately one inch. Let it steep in the water for 5 minutes. While your waiting, heat 3/4 cup of milk. I use a milk frother when I'm home, but stove top or even the microwave will work fine. Once your tea is steeped and the colour is dark add in 1-2 tsp of vanilla syrup, we like to make our own (see recipe in MAKE YOUR OWN SYRUPS), other brands like Torani and Monin are easy to find on amazon. CHAI TEA LATTE Place a heaping teaspoon of The Social Tea Co.'s Masala Chai, into a steeper or tea bag. Pour enough fresh boiling water to cover the tea bag, approximately one inch. Let it steep in the water for 5 minutes. While your waiting, heat 3/4 cup of milk. Once your tea is steeped and the colour is dark add in 1 tsp of vanilla syrup, maple syrup or simple syrup (see recipe for SIMPLE SYRUP). You can leave the sugar out if you prefer an unsweetened chai latte. I like to leave the bag in to ensure a nice strong flavour. MATCHA LATTE Items you'll need: A bamboo matcha whisk Place 1 teaspoon of The Social Tea Co.'s organic ceremonial matcha into a small dish. Pour 2 tablespoons of boiling water over the matcha. Using your bamboo whisk (use a mini wire whisk or spoon if you don't have one) whisk the matcha until a smooth slightely watery paste is created. Pour matcha paste into a mug and set aside. Heat your choice of milk or non-dairy, once hot pour over the matcha paste in the mug. Stir. If you want to sweeten your latte add 1-2 tsp of vanilla syrup or classic simple syrup. SIMPLE SYRUP aka Liquid Sugar - If you can boil water you can do this in 1 min. It's the perfect way to easily distribute sweetness to your teas, coffee and cocktails. You will need: 1. cup of sugar
2. cup of water
Directions In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil, simmer until the sugar is dissolved, roughly 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool competely. You will be left with a thick syrup. The syrup can be refrigerted in a glass jar for up to month. VANILLA SYRUP - another staple in tea lattes
You will need:
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract (I love Madagascar Vanilla)
DIRECTIONS Just like the simple syrup you want to Put your water and sugar measurments into a small saucepan, bring to a boil. Simmer until the sugar is disolved and the mixture is slightly thick, around 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add in your "super good quality" vanilla (this will make a huge difference in taste, don't add artificial vanilla, YUK). Mix with a spoon to incorporate the vanilla and let cool completely. Transfer to a mason jar or if you have a bottle with a pump thats even better. Keep in the fridge. Syrup will last for up to a month. NOTES: Sugar in the fridge may from time to time grow crystals on the side of the jar, this is ok. What's NOT ok is when the syrup grows mold...this will present its self as small thick grayish clouds in your jar/bottle. So, before using, always check to make sure it's still clear. ENJOY!