Chamomile Tea Latte
I can’t drink caffeine after 4PM otherwise I’m lying in bed for hours staring at the ceiling. But sometimes I want a nice, frothy drink in the evening and that’s when this Chamomile Tea Latte comes to the rescue.
You can just steep some chamomile tea in milk, but I’ve experimented over the years and I came up with my own recipe that tastes delicious and best of all, easy to make.
I take a basic chamomile tea latte and punch it up a bit by steeping in some cloves and a cinnamon stick.
Everything but the vanilla extract goes into a saucepan. Medium-low heat until little bubbles form on the sides of the pan and let it simmer for a couple of minutes before turning off the heat. I don’t do a full boil since I don’t want to burn the milk.
After the steep, I add a little vanilla extract. I don’t like to add any sweeteners but you can certainly add some honey to taste.
Here’s a trick to getting the perfect froth if you don’t have a latte maker — use a french press!
Once the chamomile tea milk has fully steeped and strained of the chamomile, cloves, and cinnamon stick, I pour the chamomile tea milk into a french press then give it a good 5-8 pumps.
The result is a smooth, lovely froth. The milk goes double in volume. Pour into two mugs and give it a little sprinkling of ground cinnamon. Done!
The cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla extract add a nice depth of flavor and the froth created from the french press creates the perfect texture.
CHAMOMILE TEA LATTE
Makes 2 servings
2 cups milk (Any milk of your choice.)
2 tablespoons loose chamomile tea
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 cloves, crushed
1 cinnamon stick + ground cinnamon
In a saucepan, heat milk on medium-low heat with chamomile, cinnamon stick, and cloves. When little bubbles form along the sides of the pan, let it simmer for a couple of minutes before turning off the heat. With the heat turned off, steep for 5-10 minutes depending on how patient you are.
In a french press, use a strainer to separate the chamomile tea milk by filtering out the chamomile, cloves, and cinnamon stick. Add vanilla extract to the milk.
Move the french press plunger 5-8 times to froth. Pour the chamomile tea latte into 2 mugs and sprinkle on ground cinnamon. Enjoy!
//Gentle Blossom tea courtesy of Tealia.//
Note: This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated with new content and photos.