Updated: Jun 19
I love London. Wandering on the streets, the history, the shops, and especially the teas are some of my favorite reasons to get lost. I have tried many Earl Grey teas there and have discovered that all are not created equal. You must have a blend that has just the right touch of bergamot, a bright citrus that livens up the robust black tea. If you love Earl Grey tea like I do, then you will appreciate how carefully prepared this one is. I added some rosemary to this blend and it is definitely versatile enough to spark so much creativity with your drink game. My favorite way to drink this is snuggled under a blanket with this prepared as a London Fog latte while listening to Sarah Vaughan's "Live At Mr. Kelly's".
The funny thing about this drink is that it did not originate in London at all; it hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Of course there are variations of this latte with different names including a well known Vanilla Misto from a well known coffee shop chain. Hmmm... I think I should name my own version. We will call it "Tutu Gets Misty".
My recipe for it is below. Enjoy!
1 tspn of "Yo Wan, Holla At Your Boy, Earl" tea
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup coconut milk, or oat milk (or whatever you choose)
1/2 tspn vanilla bean paste or a small cutting from a vanilla bean
1–2 tsp raw honey, maple syrup or sweetener of choice
** a splash of Elderflower liquer if you like
INSTRUCTIONS Brew your tea by putting the tea in a small pot with the 1/2 cup of water. You can also use your tea pot if you wish. When your tea starts to come to a boil, turn off the heat and cover the pot; let steep to desired strength (I like mine like I like my men... strong!)
In a separate pot, warm milk of choice and vanilla; if you have a frother, you can froth it up to create "fog"; the warm milk will still be nice
Pour the tea into the bottom of your mug, add your sweetener, splash of Elderflower and stir.
Stir sweetener in with steeped tea and top with frothed milk
* I have tried this latte with almost every type of milk, even keto creamers. I don't like it with pea milk because of the texture. I enjoy it the most with coconut or oat milk. You can always skip the milk and add the elderflower for a nice hot toddy. If you really want to feel British, add some gin to the slightly cooled Earl Grey; keep the splash of Elderflower.