3 Must Try Lavender Honey Tea Lattes

 
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Are you a lavender fanatic like myself?

Maybe a tea AND a lavender lover?

Then you came to the right place! I kicked the coffee chug a few months ago and noticed a huge benefit to my overall health and productivity. (Don't worry, I'm not here to soap-box about switching off your coffee intake, I know it's amazing, it's just not right for me right now.) But I really missed having a hot drink in the morning. So I decided to make matcha almond milk lattes.

Amazing as they are, I got a little bored with matcha every morning.

Even with a maca interruption every now and then, I was wanting something new. So I decided to experiment with some fog style variants. Early grey is one of my fave teas so I grabbed the last sachet in my tea cupboard, pulled out my favorite morning mug, set the tea to steep and turned on the espresso machine. While waiting for the Breville to heat up for my almond milk, I wandered past my dining room and experienced a wonderful scent of lavender from the drying bouquet gifted to me earlier in the week. It smelled so pleasant, I thought to pluck off a cluster of flowers and plop it into my steeping tea. The scent was amazing! After steaming my milk, I pulled the tea bag and lavender out of my mug, mixed some local honey into the hot almond milk , poured in the "fog" and was eager to drink my little experiment.

My tastebuds were in heaven!

I loved the flavor so much that I decided to try a few different teas with the lavender and honey. Her are the simple recipes for my favorite lavender honey teas:

 
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Lavender Honey London Fog

- 1 Earl Grey Tea Bag or Loose Leaf Tea (my favorite is Double Bergamot Earl Grey  by Stash)

- Pinch of lavender buds (about one flower head worth or 1 tsp)

- Almond Milk (Califia barista is a fantastic and frothy)

- Honey (preferably local and raw...it really is yummier!)

- Hot water

- Steamer or a frother whip

- Your favorite mug

 

Making the lattes

1. Start your water to boil and place your tea bag and lavender into your favorite cup

2. While the water comes to a boil, turn on your steamer and pour your almond milk into a steam pitcher. Steam your milk, making sure to allow air into the very top layer of your milk to achieve a lovely foam. If you don't have a steamer, heat up your almond milk on the stove top or in the microwave. If you like foam, invest in a little frother whip. They work really well!

3. As your milk continues to heat up, pour hot water over your tea bag and lavender and let steep.

4. Remove your milk from the heat, clean your steam wand and add honey into the milk. If you're using a frother whip, whip air into your hot milk for a frothier top. But be careful! It can get a little wild and milk may go flying out depending how full your container is! (Yes, I speak from experience.)

5. Remove your tea bag and lavender from your mug, then pour your honeyed almond milk into your tea and enjoy! (If you're an American tea heathen like me, you can leave your tea bag and flowers in the mix...I like my flavor STRONG. Sorry for making the rest of you tea drinkers cringe.)

 
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Jasmine Green Tea Lavender & Honey Latte 

- Jasmine Green Tea or your favorite green tea in bag or loose leaf

- Pinch of lavender buds (about one flower head worth or 1 tsp)

- Almond Milk (Califia barista is a fantastic and frothy)

- Honey (preferably local and raw...it really is yummier!)

- Hot water

- Steamer or a frother whip

- Your favorite mug

- Matcha (optional to sprinkle on top of your foam)

 

(repeat prep instructions above)

 
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In preparing green tea, you may want to remove the bag or tea strainer before adding the honeyed almond milk. Green teas can be quite strong and earthy and cut the flavor of this recipe if steeped too long. You may also want to start your green tea steeping with cold water to get the best benefits from the tea!

 
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Lavender & Honey Chai Tea Latte

- 1 Chai Tea Bag, Loose Leaf Tea or Chai Concentrate

- Pinch of lavender buds (about one flower head worth or 1 tsp)

- Almond Milk (Califia barista is a fantastic and frothy)

- Honey (preferably local and raw...it really is yummier!)

- Hot water

- Steamer or a frother whip

- Your favorite mug

- Nutmeg (optional to sprinkle on top of your foam)

 

(repeat prep instructions above)

Are you using your favorite chai concentrate like Tazo or Oregon Chai? Add it directly to you milk and steam!

 

I hope you enjoy these recipes! If you do, you can prep your teas ahead of time and refrigerate them to heat up later or drink iced. I make a weekly batch of lavender and earl grey tea and keep it in the fridge to make my drink prep in the mornings go just a bit quicker. You can add your tea concentrate directly to your milk when you steam or heat! And to make it even more fun, I made a tag to hang on the bottle I use for my concentrate. You can download one for yourself here! Let me know what you think of these and if you've tried any others that you love to kickstart your morning!

 
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