Latte teas are currently brewing up a world of interest amongst tea lovers. The addition of frothy milk in a latte tea helps to make your regular cup of tea creamier and enhance its flavour profile. It is the perfect dairy refreshment to beat this Summer heat when consumed cold. But it can also be the warm cuppa that can accompany you through breezy evenings.
But what exactly is a Latte Tea?
Similar to a cafe latte, latte teas are also made with frothed milk but use a richly brewed black tea as its base. This allows you to taste a good balance between the flavour of milk and tea.
Latte twas are delectable whether you take it hot or cold. It really depends on your mood or the weather outside. For a hot option generally steamed milk is used, whereas for a colder drink frothy milk is added to the brewed tea.
In this week’s blog we’re bringing you three ways to easily add a twist our regular cup of latte tea.
Iced Chai Latte
Let's start off with a cool, refreshing latte for the Summer. This is perfect for chai lovers that like a bit of spice in their cup of tea. This recipe requires very little time and effort, and will be ready before you know it!
02 cups of milk
For the chai concentrate you will need:
02 ½ cups of water
03 tablespoons of Honey
01 Cinnamon stick
01 Star Anise
10 Cardamom pods
02 teaspoons of ground Nutmeg
01 teaspoon of Vanilla
¼ teaspoon of ground Ginger
¼ teaspoon Black Peppercorns
- Crush the star anise, cloves, and cardamom pods to make the infusion process more effective.
- Bring water and spices to a boil over high heat on a medium sized pan.
- After it reaches a boiling stage, let it simmer for 05 minutes.
- Take it off the heat and add in your tea bags
- Let it all simmer for another 05 minutes.
- Strain off the spices from the tea concentrate.
- Stir in honey and vanilla.
- Pour it into a heat proof container and let it cool.
- After cooling, place in the refrigerator to use in your iced latte.
To make your iced chai latte:
- Fill a tall glass with ice.
- Pour in 01 part chai concentrate.
- Finish it off with 01 part milk
- Serve cold and enjoy!
Have a big enough batch of chai concentrate ready in your refrigerator so that you can enjoy it anytime you'd like.
Depending on your taste you can switch up the proportions of milk and chai concentrate.
If needed you can reduce the spice quantities proportionally to other spices.
Matcha Tea Latte
Any Matcha lovers? Here’s the tea latte of your dreams! With just three ingredients you’ll be able to make yourself this Matcha goodness in just minutes.
01 ¼ cups of Milk
⅓ cup of water
01 teaspoon of Honey
- Start by simmering the water, this is the ideal temperature to make Matcha.
- Let the tea bag steep for about 2-4 minutes.
- Pour milk and honey to a French press and pump it up and down.
- After a few minutes of operating the French Press, you’ll be left with rich frothy milk.
- To a tall glass add frothy milk and top off with the steeped Matcha.
- If needed you can add a quick dust of Matcha and you are done.
It’s very important that you make sure the water is at a simmering stage and not boiling.
If you don’t have a French press with you, you can also use a whisk, however it does require a little bit more effort.
Iced Brown Sugar Tea Latte
Our third and final recipe is another cold option, and tastes just as good as it looks! Sugar syrup in your latte tea will add the perfect balance to the creaminess of the milk and the richness of black tea.
⅓ cup of Milk
½ cup of water
01 cup of ice cubes
For the brown sugar syrup you will need:
01 tablespoon of Brown Sugar
02 tablespoons of water
- Start by boiling the water over medium-high heat.
- Next in a heat-proof glass add in the tea bag and hot water.
- Let it steep for 05 minutes, discard the tea bag and let it cool dow
- To make your sugar syrup simply combine the two ingredients and stir until the sugar dissolves.
To make your latte:
- In a tall glass pour in the sugar syrup.
- To this add in the ice cubes.
- Now pour in milk straight to the ice cubes.
- The final step is to pour the cooled tea.
- Stir and enjoy!
The layers need to be in order to create the perfect cup of latte.
The lowest layer is much sweeter than the top layer and stirring is essential to achieve a tasteful balance.
With just a few simple steps of steeping the tea bag to adding milk and sweeteners, you too can make yourself a latte tea that is just as good as any cafe-like latte with the Tipson Latte Range! Head over to the Tipson store now to get your hands on the flavour you love the most.