Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

This drink is sure to hit the spot on a hot day. It is creamy, slightly sweet, and bursting with vanilla.

Few things are better than drinking a cold icy drink out of a mason jar with a fun straw in the summer. This vanilla bean creme fauxccino is definitely at the top of my list right now. Hot days make me want to wander into a coffee chain and order a nice big blended iced drink. Honest moment here, I may have in the past couple months given in and ordered a few with less syrup and dairy-free milk.

As you know, I am a big fan of fauxccinos for many reasons- they are delicious, so much better for you, less expensive, and easy to whip up! You can have your own ready in less time than it takes to drive to the coffee shop!

This specific fauxccino is coffee free, it’s a milk based drink instead. For the recipe head over to The Nourishing Gourmet where I shared this Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

Vanilla Bean Fauxccino

 

London Fog Fauxccino

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Can you tell I’m a huge fan of all things tea and coffee?

Although I’ve made many fauxccinnos over the years, I hadn’t yet turned my favorite winter drink — the London Fog — into one.

Move over London Fog — there’s a new kid in town: the London Fog Fauxccino.

This winter I’ve savored many mugs of Earl Grey London Fog Lattes and Earl Grey Mocha Lattes. Now that spring is here, I’m ready for a change!

The key to this drink is the ice cubes. Often, an iced drink will include ice, milk, tea/coffee, and sweetener — but the ice makes the drink watery as it melts. Instead, I made tea ice cubes, inspired by my coffee ice cubes.

Problem solved!

Join me at Traditional Cooking School, where I am sharing the recipe. 

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London Fog Latte

London Fog Earl Grey Latte

Light, yet creamy and delicious.

Let me introduce you to the London Fog Latte, also known as an Earl Grey tea latte. Hot Earl Grey tea is blended with frothy almond milk, raw honey, and vanilla extract. It’s pretty much heaven in a cup.

I started drinking this delicious drink about a year ago when I saw it on a blog or in a shop somewhere, I can’t remember now. What I do know is that this delightful cup of goodness has found a special spot in my tea loving heart.

I have a confession to make, I went 30 years not putting milk in my tea. I could not stand the taste! That’s because I was using dairy milk, as soon as I tried almond milk I was in love. I have no idea why, I enjoy heavy cream in my morning coffee but I can not stand it in my tea. That’s okay, I’ll save my dairy for coffee and hot cocoa.

The London Fog is said to have originated in the Pacific Northwest, nowhere near the London England like I first assumed. It actually endears me to it all the more since I have so many friends “up north”.

A London Fog Latte is the perfect way to celebrate early spring, though I tend to drink it all year round. Now that I make my own Earl Grey tea, my french press has been known to hold tea leaves instead of coffee grinds. What can I say, a cup of tea and a good book like “Little Women” get me every time…

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book ling enough to suit me.”

~C.S. Lewis

I use orange blossom honey because it is simply amazing, as an added bonus it blends well with the citrus notes of the Bergamot.

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London Fog Latte

2 bags (or 2 tsp) Earl Grey Tea
1 cup hot water
1/3 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
1 tsp raw honey
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Bring the water to a boil and pour over the tea. Allow to steep for 5 minutes. Meanwhile heat the almond milk.

Remove the tea leaves (bags), stir in the raw honey and vanilla extract.

Froth the milk with a milk frother is desired and pour into the tea.

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London Fog Latte
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Serves: 1 mug of tea
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bags (or 2 tsp) Earl Grey Tea
  • 1 cup hot water
  • ⅓ cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Bring the water to a boil and pour over the tea. Allow to steep for 5 minutes. Meanwhile heat the almond milk.
  2. Remove the tea leaves (bags), stir in the raw honey and vanilla extract.
  3. Froth the milk with a milk frother is desired and pour into the tea.

Have you ever tried a London Fog Latte?

 

White Hot Chocolate (Inspired by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

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Rich and creamy, this dairy-free white hot chocolate transports you to the land of Narnia.

As winter melts into spring I can’t help but to think of the magical land of Narnia as it was right before Aslan returned, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It was a cold and bleak place, with no hope for the future, a world of never ending winter.

Edmund followed his sister Lucy through the wardrobe, unable to find her, he found himself alone and cold in the snowy woods.

To his surprise a “Queen” better known as the White Witch pulled up beside him in her sleigh. Once she realized he was a “son of Adam” she changed from harsh creature to a flattering and almost nurturing type. Despite Edmund’s trepidations he was beguiled but the promise of warmth, a hot drink, Turkish delight, and ultimately a kingdom.

Edmund felt much better as he began to sip the hot drink. It was something he has never tasted before, very sweet and foamy and creamy, and it warmed him right down to his toes

~C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 


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I always wished that I could be Edmond just for a few minutes so I could savor the delicious, hot drink and Turkish Delight too!  It left me wondering what that very sweet and foamy and creamy could possibly be.

It couldn’t be classic hot cocoa since that was already popular in England. It occurred to me that it very well could be a white hot chocolate, which is oh so creamy, and not commonly drank at that time.

Join me at The Nourishing Gourmet for the recipe.

White Hot Chocolate (Inspired by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

How to Make Earl Grey Tea

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You lift a delicate tea cup to your lips and watch the steam rise.

I have long been a fan of tea. While you may see more coffee recipes on this site, my first true love is tea.

That is probably why I created tea blends like Rosy Black Tea and Jack Frost Tea and wrote a book all about tea instead.

Pure and simple is how I like it, with maybe a touch of honey or stevia. I don’t even add milk, even if it is very unBritish of me for, as a women of English, Irish, and Scotish decent…

Occasionally tea will slip into a “fancy” drink like my Raspberry Hot Cocoa but not often as of yet. This spring there are a few recipes that might will change that. So stay tuned! 

I grew up an herbal tea drinker aside from a glass or two of iced black tea at my Grandma Stanley’s house each summer. Peppermint and chamomile were the only “teas” for me!

That all changed when I moved to Mexico and my dear British Candian friend introduced me to “Lady Grey Tea”. At that moment, the world of teas was transformed for me and I became an Earl and Lady Grey tea connoisseur.

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There is hardly a day I don’t drink it. Since then Earl Grey has even shown up in my sorbet.

I wouldn’t be Katie Mae if I didn’t create tea blends. So I decided it was high time I started making my own Earl Gery because why not…? 🙂

Learning how to make Earl Grey tea is very simple, you need just two ingredients, black tea (organic is preferred) and high-quality Bergamot essential oil.

How to Make Earl Grey Tea

1 cup black tea
20 drops Bergamot Essential Oil 

Pour the tea into a pint sized glass jar. Add the Bergamot essential oil. Screw on the lid and shake vigorously.

Allow to rest for a day or two to before making your first cup of tea.

Steep one teaspoon of tea in water just off a boil for 3-5 minutes.

What is your favourite type of tea?