- In a saucepan, heat milk on medium-low heat with chamomile, cinnamon stick, and cloves.
- When little bubbles form along the sides of the pan, let it simmer for a couple of minutes before turning off the heat. With the heat turned off, steep for 5-10 minutes depending on how patient you are.
- In a french press, use a strainer to separate the chamomile tea milk by filtering out the chamomile, cloves, and cinnamon stick.
- Add vanilla extract to the milk.
- Move the french press plunger 10-12 times to froth.
- Pour the chamomile tea latte into 2 mugs, spoon out the froth on top, and sprinkle on ground cinnamon.
One of my absolute favorites, learned from this page! I've made this one by far more often than any other drinks thus far, and even bought a one pound bag of chamomile flowers to have a ready supply at hand. I've even made variations with boba, and plan to try steeping some lavender in combination for an ultra-soothing blend right before bed.
Obtained from this page, I found it a challenge to strain it as well as the nut milk needed to be to be drinkable. Perhaps I just needed to blend it for longer, but after a time, it started to froth up at the top of the blender, which I didn't exactly want either. Perhaps next time I will either just let it keep blending and deal with the froth, or else I'll use a cheesecloth to strain it.
I first made this drink half out of morbid curiosity to see what it would taste like to drink pumpkin in some form other than a soup, and also to simply use up the pounds of pureed pumpkin I had stored away in the fridge. As it is, the pumpkin is pretty much undetectable (perhaps because my first experiment used soymilk rather than almond, and the soy overpowered its subtle taste) but otherwise, I found the drink a lovely alternative to my favorite, the chamomile milk tea.
I don't know about this page's claim that this could substitute for breakfast, but I was pretty game to give it a shot when I first made this! It was my first attempt at using the French press to give a hot drink a foamy layer, and in my inexperience, pretty much aerated the entire drink. Nevertheless, made from my leftover Valhrona dark baking chocolate and heated to a belly-warming temperature, one could do absolutely no wrong and indeed I felt no need to add anything else to my palate after drinking it (at least, for a good half hour to an hour).
One of the rare caffeinated drinks I'm willing to risk drinking! (Albeit, only if it's near morning.) My saving grace is that, even as one of the higher caffeinated teas out there, green tea doesn't seem to spike so quickly as, say, black tea. So, in general I find it easier to tolerate the effects of green tea and, of course, can't get enough of its beautiful scent and taste. First learned from here.
No Caffeine Needed
I am, by nature, already a pretty high-energy person, but I like a beautiful-looking mug of something frothy and delicious-looking as much as the next person. I obtained a French press so that I could feel fancy at home too, but nearly everything I make from it is, by necessity, caffeine-free, so that I don't vibrate my way out of my skin the rest of the day (or drive everyone else around me crazy).