Tired of your regular cup of tea? Surprise yourself and switch it up a bit with this lavender earl grey latte! Recipe at Stay Alive and Cooking.
Recipe is down below, if you’d like to skip the story time!
Ahhh, yes. Milk tea. Something I used to associate with the British and their tea and scones… Anyone else? However, it now mainly reminds me of my time in Sydney. You see, I lived together with around 10 room mates, that would change almost weekly. I made friends with most of them, and I remember sitting in the shared kitchen and chatting with whomever was there, too. Two of the people I still keep in touch with, Ayaka from Japan and Daniela from Austria, used to drink their tea with loads of milk. And I’d laugh at them, because I thought that was silly!
However, once you live with certain people long enough you start taking over their habits. So I as well started drinking my tea with milk… And I found out it was actually quite good!
Another thing that Australia has with milk tea, is the shops where you can buy both bubble tea as well as milk tea. They were these tinny tiny shops, where you’d buy this iced tea with a flavour (sugars!) and milk. I tried it a couple of times, and I can see the appeal… Yet it’s not something I often do at home, you know? I like my tea with a bit of honey and sometimes just plain. However, I do like chai lattes. Which got me thinking: why not try a latte with a different tea? I soon learned that there’s this thing called “London fog”, which basically is earl grey tea with milk and vanilla syrup. I decided to make my own version of the Earl grey latte, and added some lavender!
Lavender earl grey latte
To be real honest, the addition of lavender isn’t because I’m super creative. No, it’s because I bought a big batch of lavender and barely ever use it! Oops…. I can hear my boyfriends voice in my head, going “do you really need that?” and then I’d say YES, obviously! And then never use it. Like the lavender I have in a cute jar on my kitchen – living room wall. So, I decided to prove to everyone that I did actually use it 😉 And it turned out to be quite good!
So, if you love chai lattes or milk tea and are ready to try something new: give this lavender earl grey latte a shot! I’m sure you’ll love it. Oh, and turn this into an iced version if you like.
For this recipe I used regular milk, but I would actually recommend using soy or a nut milk. The only reason I used normal milk is because I can’t get plant-based milk to foam!
Lavender earl grey latte
- 2 earl grey tea bags
- 1 tsp lavender
- 250 ml water
- 1 tbsp sugar or more, to taste
- 1 drop vanilla essence
- 150 ml (plant-based) milk
Heat up a small pan with 250 ml water. Add the tea bags and lavender, and turn the heat down. Add the sugar and vanilla, and let this steep for 3-4 minutes, or until the tea is nice and strong. Take out the lavender and tea bags, and keep hot.
Meanwhile, heat up the milk. You can use a coffee foam maker if you like, as it's the easy way. Mind you: most plant-based milks won't create much foam!
Pour the tea in two glasses, and top with the hot milk. Stir through, and enjoy!