Milk Tea Latte Recipes | Chai | Matcha | Lavender | Rose

I think that we can agree that hot beverages are having a moment.

Ummm, hello October!

Foamy creamy, and heavy on the warm, cozy, and comforting, there are few things better than a hot steamy tea latte. Or, if you are a coffee lover, a caffe latte.

Right about this time every year I get a little giddy as I hand my Keepcup reusable coffee cup to the barista and she asks, “Hot or iced?”  And, I eagerly answer, “Hot, please!” Living in the desert makes me a little too excited for crisp leaves and lattes (p.s. free download Fall wallpaper here.) but having a toddler and living a zero-waste lifestyle means that I’m not always up for a field trip to the local coffee shop. Nor, do I want to try convincing the person on the other side of the drive-through to let me use my own cup for my latte order. Aka, I don’t want to be that lady holding up the line….

What is a girl to do?

D.I.Y

By definition, tea lattes are a variation on the classic caffe latte. Like the coffee version, they are typically made with steamed milk. However, instead of espresso, they contain tea. They can also be prepared as an iced drink or a blended drink as well.

Last week I served up 4 Fall Coffee Latte Recipes -check them out here. So as not to forget my fellow tea lovers, I had to get back into the kitchen to test out a few tea latte recipes too.

With all of these recipes, you can change any of the ingredients around to suit your taste buds.

Lavender London Fog Latte

London fog milk tea latte

I remember trying a London Fog Latte at some swanky coffee house in D.C. a few years back. Traditionally, a London Fog latte is made by combining earl grey tea with steamed milk and vanilla. So simple and yummy how could you not love it? But, when I started researching tea latte recipes I found that there was a secret special ingredient -Lavender! I tried out a few combinations to find something that really kicked this latte up a big notch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon lose Earl Grey tea or 1-2 tea bags (my low-waste favorite here)
  • 8 oz. milk, any kind
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract, or less
  • Lavender (make sure that you are using food grade lavender. Find it here)
  • Sweetener *optional. I like it better without.

Make:

  • Heat milk and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over med/low heat for 3 minutes.
  • Steep lavender and Earl Grey tea in hot water for 3 minutes or longer.
  • Continue heating the milk on a low temp until just before it simmers, about 7-10 minutes.
  • Create foam with a frother while milk is in a saucepan.
  • Pour tea into a mug.
  • Using a spoon to hold back foam, pour milk into a mug. Then, scoop foam on top of the latte
  • Or, use the mason jar method.
  • Enjoy!

Vanilla Matcha Green Tea Latte

Matcha Green Tea latte

 

 

A legend tells us that the inventor of ancient Chinese medicine, Emperor Shennong discovered the lovely flavor and medicinal powers of green tea after a few tea leaves blew into the kettle that he was heating over a fire. What a serendipitous event. However it was discovered, the powerful healing properties and popularity cannot be disputed. Whether new or a seasoned vet to green tea, this matcha latte is a yummy treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp matcha powder (See my low-watse choice here)
  • 8 oz.  milk (any kind)
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract, or less
  • Sweetener *optional. (I like a little bit of local honey)

Make:

  • Heat milk and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over med/low heat until it simmers, about 7-10 minutes.
  • Add sweeter.
  • Pour about 2 oz. of the warm water into a mug and whisk matcha powder together.
  • Use a frother to create foam with the milk remaining in saucepan.
  • Using a spoon to hold back foam, pour milk into a mug. Then, scoop foam on top of the latte.
  • Or, use the mason jar method.
  • Enjoy!

Classic Chai Tea Latte

Chai Tea latte recipe

I still remember my first chai experience. My friend Hannah was obsessed with iced chai lattes and so we went on a mission to the local grocery store to find the ingredients to make one. We were both about 18 and already broke from paying $7 to get our fix anyway. So, why not give it a try? Clearly, that very first concoction that Hannah managed to mix together made me a lover of this spicy hot mug of love.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 6 green cardamom pods, cracked
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups
  • 2 tablespoons loose-leaf black tea, or 6 black tea bags
  • Sweetener (optional)
  • milk, any kind
  1. Place cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves, and cardamom in a small saucepan over medium heat and toast the spices. Shake the pan occasionally, until fragrant.
  2. Add ginger and water and simmer for 5 minutes
  3. Remove from heat and add black tea.steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Sweeten if you like.
  5. Strain solids from tea. You will be left with a concentrated chai tea that you can store in the fridge.

For one latte:

  1. Heat 6 oz. of milk in a small saucepan. Add vanilla if you like.
  2. Pour about 3 oz of chai tea into a mug.
  3. Use a frother to create foam with the milk in the saucepan.
  4. Using a spoon to hold back foam, pour milk into a mug. Then, scoop foam on top of the latte.
  5. Or, use the mason jar method.

Rose and Cardamom Tea Latte

Cardamom and rose tea latte

Cardamom is absolutely on my list of favorite spices. Mixing it with the delicate and floral flavors of rose make for a very romantic beverage indeed.

Ingredients:

  • 10 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 2 tablespoons dried rose petals
  • Milk, any kind
  • Sweetener, I like a little bit of honey.
  • A dash of rose water (click here to make your own)
  • Lose black tea or 1 tea bag

Make:

  • Steep cardamom pods and rose petals in hot water for 5 minutes. Add Black tea and steep another 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat 8 oz. of milk in a small saucepan over med/low heat until just before it simmers.
  • Froth milk in a saucepan with a frother.
  • Pour tea into a mug. Add sweetener and a dash of rose water.
  • Using a spoon to hold back foam, pour milk into a mug. Then, scoop foam on top of the latte
  • Or, use the mason jar method.

So, tell me, are you a tea or coffee drinker? And, do you prefer iced or hot coffee/tea? If you try any of these recipes please, let me know how they worked for you.