My job has me speaking constantly, so I turn to herbal tea (and often an herbal tea latte) to help keep my voice working. I default to herbal mainly because otherwise I’d be buzzed on caffeine to a ridiculous degree.
I don’t know about you, but I love frothy, chocolate-y hot tea and coffee drinks. What I don’t like are the super-high prices that most coffee shops charge for them. – hence the reason I have spent an inordinate amount of time experimenting with my own homemade varieties.
- Where the idea for this tea latte came from
- How to modify this recipe for different allergies
- The recipe
Where the idea for this tea latte came from
The inspiration for this combo came from a trip to Great Britain a few years back. Or, more specifically, a trip to a supermarket in Great Britain a few years back, as that’s where I first came across a Terry’s Chocolate Orange.
Honestly, I’d never had that combination of flavors before. Chocolate and cherries? Yep. Chocolate and strawberries? Absolutely. But orange? It had never crossed my mind.
Obviously, I enjoyed it, which is why you see here the Chocolate Orange Tea Latte.
How to modify this recipe for different allergies
There’s a few great things about this recipe. The big three are it’s
But there’s more! It is highly adjustable for your dietary needs and also drink size preference.
|Vegan||– Substitute the listed hot chocolate mix with a vegan alternative. |
– Use a milk alternative for the steamed milk.
|Dairy Free||– Use your favorite milk alternative in place of the steamed milk. (The listed hot chocolate mix is Non-Dairy).|
|Low/Lower Carb||Option 1: Substitute a sugar-free/low-calorie hot chocolate mix |
Option 2: Use 1 tbsp of hot chocolate mix as opposed to 2 tbsp.
(You still will get a lovely chocolate-y flavor in your latte, albeit slightly less rich.)
|Larger/Smaller Portion||If you scale up or down, keep a 2-1 hot water to milk ratio to prepare as listed or 50-50 for a richer version.|
For the non-vegans, I recommend Sillycow hot chocolate mixes. According to their website, all flavors are “Made with Only Real Ingredients; Non-GMO Project Verified; Certified Gluten Free and made with NO corn or high fructose corn solids. They are also Non-Dairy; Nut & Peanut Free; have NO Trans fats; No added Sodium and No artificial growth hormones.”
As for the tea itself, I prefer Twinings Tea as its herbal teas are gluten free.
One final note: if you’re using a milk alternative, be sure to check out Melina’s quest to find the best frother for all plant-based milks.
Enough with the preamble, on to the herbal tea latte recipe!
Chocolate Orange Tea Latte
- Milk Steamer/Frother
- 1 teabag Orange Cinnamon Spice Twinings Herbal Tea
- 2 tbsp Sillycow Hot Chocolate Mix (or cocoa mix of your choice)
- 8 oz Hot Water
- 4 oz Steamed 1% Milk (or Milk Alternative)
NOTE: As noted above, this is Gluten Free. Modifying the milk to a milk alternative will make it Dairy Free and Vegan as will.
- Heat the water.
- Add your tea bag and cocoa mix to your mug.
- Pour your hot water into the mug.
- While the tea is steeping (about 4 minutes), steam your milk.
- Remove the tea bag and stir to dissolve any remaining cocoa mix.
- Top off with the steamed milk.
One Last Bite
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Do you have any tea/latte combinations that are unique and delicious? Please let me know in the comments below – I’m always looking for new flavors to try! 🙂