I know everyone makes fun of California(ns), and rightfully so, for overreacting to a little rain (this clip comes to mind). But there’s no denying that we had a potent little storm this past weekend, and there’s more on the way! So what better way to remedy this cold, gloomy weather, than cozying up with a rose and earl grey tea latte. I have to admit, my predilection for coffee has stunted my relationship with tea, among other compelling non-alcoholic beverages. I’m making it a goal to get more creative with my elixirs this year (Lily & Tracy come to mind). So far I’m off to a good start because I’m thrilled with how this tea latte turned out. I don’t drink much Earl Grey – not because I dislike it, but because Audrey was raised on English breakfast, so naturally that’s what we drink. However, in this case I wanted a black tea that was a bit more delicate, so as not to overpower the rose. Earl Grey was the perfect choice. The result is a luscious, warm, and insanely aromatic cup of tea. All I wanted to do was hold it in front of my face all weekend. For the garnish, I took a few styling tips from The Rabbit Hole Tea Bar, who do a lovely dusting of rose petals atop the silky foam. All in all, I can’t think of a better way to hide from the rain. I hope you feel the same!

Rose & Earl Grey Tea Latte recipe by HonestlyYUM (honestlyyum.com)

Rose & Earl Grey Tea Latte recipe by HonestlyYUM (honestlyyum.com)

Rose & Earl Grey Tea Latte recipe by HonestlyYUM (honestlyyum.com)

Rose & Earl Grey Tea Latte recipe by HonestlyYUM (honestlyyum.com)

Rose & Earl Grey Tea Latte recipe by HonestlyYUM (honestlyyum.com)

Rose & Earl Grey Tea Latte

The subtle flavors of Earl Grey and rose combine to create a luscious, warm, beautiful, and insanely aromatic cup of tea.
Servings: ~2 lattes

INGREDIENTS

Rose Syrup

INSTRUCTIONS

Rose Syrup

  1. Add the sugar and water into a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the sugar dissolves, turn off heat, add the rose petals and steep for 5 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, pushing on the petals to extract as much of the remaining syrup as possible.

Tea Latte

  1. Combine the Earl Grey tea with the rose petals, and steep in boiling water for 5 minutes. Discard the tea.
  2. Mix the rose syrup with milk, and froth with a milk frother to your desired warmth and foam.
  3. While waiting for the tea to brew, I filled my mug with hot water to keep it warm. Just before serving, discard the hot water, and mist the mug with a few sprays of high quality rose water. I sprayed once directly inside the mug, once on the outside, and once from up above.*
  4. Fill your mug halfway with tea (~4 oz), and then add the steamed milk (~4 oz). Garnish with a few dried rose petals. If you'd also like to add some rose dust for garnish, simply add a handful of dried rose petals to a spice grinder, and pulse until they reach a fine powder. Use a fine mesh strainer to give a light dusting of rose powder atop the drink.

NOTES

*If you don't have an atomizer, you can add a splash of rosewater to your empty mug, swirl around the inside, and discard before mixing your drink. Again, the rosewater is optional, but a light misting on the empty mug really help boost the aromatics of the drink, thereby enhancing the flavor.

(images by HonestlyYUM)