Easy sugar-free tea latte

Time: 2 minutes

Serves: 1

Can’t drink coffee?  You can still enjoy a hot, fluffy, flavorful latte.  Try this quickie treat and you’ll be searching the kitchen for the biggest mug on the premises.  You’ll need an Aerolatte or some other way to make milk froth.  In this recipe, by “cup” I mean the cup you’re going to drink it out of.

  • 1/3 cup milk, or a milk substitute that contains enough oil to make foam
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Tea bag (I like a strong black tea, maybe it’s coffee envy?)
  • 7 drops of vanilla-flavored stevia, or your favorite sweetener
  1. In a microwaveable pitcher, microwave the milk for 1 min. 15 sec. (old style microwave; half that for new, more powerful ones).  Heat it close to boiling; ideally, 190 F.
  2. In a microwaveable mug, microwave the tea bag in the water for 1 min. 30 sec., boiling it.  While it’s running,
  3. Add the sweetener to the hot milk.
  4. Whip the hot milk into a wettish foam with the Aerolatte.  Stop when it has grown to about 220% of its original volume.  Don’t overdo it, or you’ll get stiff, undrinkable foam.
  5. When the microwave dings, brew the tea to the strength you like and take out the bag.
  6. Help the milk foam into the tea by urging it over the brink of the pitcher with a spoon as you’re pouring it.

I like to gently, vertically stir the beverage.  That way, I get both tea and foam all the way down.  But stirring is a debated topic among baristas.

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