Perhaps some of you are not quite as passionate about tea as Mr. Suzuki up there (why don't I have a room specifically devoted to drinking tea?!), but I think as the cold weather comes around even the most Larry the Cable Guy-esque of Americans could concede that hot beverages have a place in everyone's heart.
Since living in Egypt and Sudan where tea is had more often than water, I have learned the power of a hot beverage in bringing people together to enjoy life. Tea requires preparation (if you'd like to do it right!) in getting the tea ready, warming the water, etc. It isn't something you can do fast. If you've ever tried to drink hot tea quickly, you know that the result is unhappiness and a burnt tongue. Drinking tea forces you to take a pause and enjoy life slowly.
And what better time to pause and enjoy life but in fall? The leaves change colors so quickly, and if you don't take the time to enjoy them, you'll miss them altogether! Perhaps you can take time this week to make a tea latte with the recipe below, sit outside in a scarf and mittens, and sip and chat with a loved one and just enjoy how pretty the world is right now.
Tea Latte Recipe
I credit my discovery of the drink to Eurasia Cafe, the company whose delicious tea I am also using for this recipe! This fantastic company not only produces amazing tea and coffee products, but the box explains the good they're doing with their products: "Handpicked quality teas are sourced directly from gardens that guarantee livable wages and better opportunities for farmers and their families." As well, the company gives their profits back to social justice causes in 44 countries and territories. These causes include sex trafficking prevention and rehabilitation, education, addressing poverty & spiritual emptiness, helping refugees, and healthcare for those with HIV/AIDS. Check out their site to learn more and take part in their awesome business!
1 tea bag (I recommend a berry or floral tea. I'm using Eurasia Cafe's Jasmine Green tea.)
vanilla flavor syrup
- Put the tea bag in the mug, and add just enough hot water to give the tea something to steep in.
- As the tea steeps, heat up the milk. (If you're doing this on the stove, the secret is to never stop stirring so the milk won't burn!)
- Add 2-3 pumps of vanilla flavor syrup to the tea-steeping water (for a 12 oz cup).
- Lastly, add the hot milk, stir, and enjoy!
You can also use an espresso machine to heat and froth the milk!
Eurasia Cafe has not collaborated with me on this, and I spent my own money for their tea. I truly love the company and all they do, so I wanted to share about this company with you guys!