Learn how to create and customize your own hot tea latte beverage made in just five minutes! Enjoy a glass for a moment of bliss or share a cup with others.
Holidays are all about spending quality time with friends and family! One of the best ways to enjoy time together is to grab a hot cup of tea, some treats, and just relax. I’ve got a pleasant five-minute tea latte drink that is just the right solution to help you find a little zen.
This is especially a fun recipe idea when you have guests over so they can create and customize their own hot beverage. I’m going to show you how you can make various recipes and incorporate some tasty toppings to pair along with your tea.
Get the kettle fired up and let’s get brewing!
When was the last time you had a tea party? Besides grabbing my favorite stuffed animals and dolls and gathering them around the table as an imaginative kid, it’s been way too long. Let’s get back to the good ol’ days and create a fun grown up version!
Tea is an excellent alternative to coffee because there are so many flavors to choose from. They are concentrated steeped teas combined with warmed frothy milk for a silky and satisfying beverage. Here are some essential tips to make an amazing tea latte:
How To Make Tea Lattes
- Tea Selection: Any tea can be used like loose leaf, portioned bags, or powders like matcha. For a bolder flavor, strongly flavored teas like chai, mate, rooibos or other black teas are recommended. Chamomile or other herbal teas would be very relaxing, and it’s nice to have a decaf option. You want to use about two or three times the amount of tea for an 8-ounce glass. I use a ratio of 2 tea bags, ¼ cup water to steep, and ¾ cup milk. If using loose leaf tea, place them in an infuser to reduce the mess.
- Steeping: Different types of tea may require various steep times. Herbal teas may need about 5-6 minutes to brew, whereas white, green and black teas can range from 1-5 minutes. Check the directions on the tea variety you purchase for specific times.
- Milk: What makes tea lattes even more irresistible is the addition of creamy milk and airy foam. You can use any milk you like; it’s nice to have a dairy-free option available like almond, cashew, soy or coconut milk for guests. I highly recommend a handheld milk frother so you can create the most luscious foam in seconds, right in your glass!
Need an excuse to throw a party? Why not invite guests over for a festive “Friendsgiving” gathering and offer a tea latte bar with all of the fixings! You can take your tea bar to the next level by offering delicious additions and toppings so friends can personalize their drink. Chopped nuts, caramel sauce, honey, liquid stevia, shaved chocolate, cinnamon, cocoa powder, or crystallized ginger are some fun options.
One of my favorite Friendsgiving get-togethers was in college where we all brought a dish to contribute to the potluck. My best friend had recently returned from a study abroad trip to Australia and shared a package of Tim Tam biscuits, which are hugely popular in that country.
I was so happy that she shared with all of us because, after one bite, we were hooked! The biscuits are incredibly crispy with a rich chocolaty flavor. There are so many delicious Tim Tam varieties to choose from like dark chocolate and caramel. They are a wonderful treat to offer with warm drinks, a most heavenly combo!
Whether you’re looking for a moment of tranquility, need a little break from the chilly weather, or want to cozy up with your loved ones, make sure to whip up a comforting hot cup of tea!
What teas will you choose to build the perfect latte? Make sure to enjoy Tim Tam biscuits with your tasty beverage!
What Water Temperature Should You Use To Steep Teas?
To optimize the flavor or your tea, it’s helpful to understand what steep temperature to use for different teas. Delicate leaves like white and green tea should be steeped in below boiling water at 170 to 185°F, to prevent burn resulting in bitter notes. Oolong teas need a medium boil at 180 to 190°F. More robust herbal teas like black and herbal can use fully boiled water at 208 to 212°F. A digital thermometer helps to gauge the temperature of the water, or you can keep an eye on how rapidly the bubbles break the surface when it’s being heated to make a prediction. (Source: www.twoleavestea.com)
Blissful Five Minute Tea Latte
- 8 bags tea, chai, rooibos, black tea, chamomile, green, loose leaf ot 4 teaspoons matcha powder or your favorite tea variety
- 1 cup water, boiling
- 3 cups milk, (dairy, soy, almond, cashew, coconut or rice)
- Sweetener, (honey, maple syrup, agave, stevia to taste (optional)
- 1 package Tim Tam, Biscuits
- Steep 8 tea bags in 1 cup boiling hot water for 5 minutes, or according to tea instructions. This will yield a concentrated tea for the lattes.
- Warm milk in a medium sized sauce pan, you want the milk near boiling but not rapidly boiling. If you have a milk frother, you can use it to create foam for the lattes.
- In 4 large mugs add ¼ cup tea concentrate, ¾ cups milk and foam if available.
- Add sweetener and toppings if desired. Enjoy with your favorite Tim Tam biscuits!