One late night, while perusing the menu at Starbucks I noticed tea lattes on the menu board. I was intrigued and ordered an earl grey one. Turns out it was simply a brewed tea bag with steamed milk. I’ve been a religious coffee drinker for years now, decaf being the brew of choice because I want the taste without the buzz. In the evening, though, I prefer a calming cup of tea and this latte hit the spot, albeit an expensive one. Why had I never thought to add steamed milk to my nightime tea at home?
For the cost of one drink at Starbucks, I bought an entire box of earl grey tea bags at the grocery store the following day. I figured the steam nozzle on my espresso maker could heat the milk to a frothy foam. It’s so easy, there’s no recipe necessary. Just steam the desired amount of milk while your tea is brewing, pour, stir and sip. Now my “nightcap” costs just a few cents and I can enjoy it curled up on the couch in my jammies. And if you really want a decadent treat, try stirring a tiny bit of this rich chocolate ganache into your steaming mug—yes, it’s as good as you imagine.
makes about 2 cups
1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup sugar
6 ounces finely chopped bittersweet chocolate
Add cream and sugar to a small pot. Bring to a simmer, but do not let it come to a boil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until sugar has dissolved. Add chocolate to a deep heat-proof bowl. Pour hot cream mixture over chocolate and stir with a rubber spatula until combined and chocolate is melted. Transfer to a glass or BPA-free plastic container and let cool slightly before covering and storing in refrigerator. Will last for up to one month, refrigerated.