Monday, October 26, 2009


There is something wonderful about vanilla. Whether it be in tea or coffee, ice cream or chocolate chip cookies, I love the stuff. It has a way of making just about anything extra special. Even chocolate can be bettered by adding vanilla.

Today I'm going to share one of the most simple, but most wonderful ways to use vanilla. I love to drink this on cold days, after I've been on my feet all day, and I need a soothing, hot drink to calm my frazzled nerves.

Those who know me can all testify to the fact that I am a huge, huge, huge, adoring fan of Starbucks. :) But I think we can all agree that there are times to refrain from such places. At least, I can speak for myself when I say that money doesn't always fall from the sky in envelopes labeled, "Go to Starbucks and Spend This." This is a great thing to make at home when you need to special drink that won't cost you much to make.

"Poor Man's" Earl Grey Tea Latte

You'll need:
1 Large Mug (Pick a nice chubby one-- they're the best for holding on cold winter days)
1 Earl Grey tea bag
Hot water
Vanilla extract
Honey (Or a bit of sugar)-- this is optional

Step 1--
Start by putting the kettle on, and bring it to a boil. If you're a tea person, you probably already have a whistling kettle... but if you don't, I highly recommend getting one. They're awesome. :)

Step 2--
Measure about 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla into the bottom of your cup. Add a splash of milk, and have a tea bag ready.

Step 3--
Once the water has boiled, put the tea bag in your cup and pour the boiling water over it. Let it steep for about 3 minutes. Remove the bag. (Earl Grey tea gets really strong and "Scented" when it sits for too long. I like the tea to be quite strong for this drink, but not so strong that it tastes like a melted flower.)

Step 4--
Add honey, to taste. I actually like to drink this without any honey at all, but just a little bit does add something special, if you like your beverages with a bit of sweetness.

Enjoy! :)

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