Baileys London Fog

Baileys London Fog

Baileys London Fog served in a glass mug resting on a silver tray lined with a blue napkin and garnished with cookies.

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Maybe we’ve been doing it all wrong?  I think it’s safe to say that if you like coffee you’ve probably had it spiked with Baileys Irish Cream.  But it’s generally not something we think to pour into our tea.  So I’ve gone ahead and not only added Baileys Irish Cream, but also Grand Marnier to a London fog latte.  It’s really quite delicious!! 

Ingredients for Baileys London Fog on a silver tray lined with a blue napkin.

The Baileys Irish Cream smooths out the tannins of the tea and adds an extra layer of creaminess while the Grand Marnier plays off the orange notes already found in the Earl Grey tea.  So go ahead, relax and enjoy your favourite London fog latte at home… but with a punch.  You’ll wonder why you haven’t done it sooner. Enjoy! 

Baileys London Fog
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    Servings Prep Time
    2 servings 15 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    2 servings 15 minutes
    Baileys London Fog
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      2 servings 15 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      2 servings 15 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: servings
      Instructions
      1. Brew one cup of strong Earl Grey tea by steeping 2 tea bags for 5 minutes.
      2. Heat and froth milk using your preferred method. I used an electric milk frother.
      3. Divide Baileys Irish Cream and Grand Marnier between two tall coffee glasses.
      4. Add 1 tsp of vanilla syrup to each.
      5. Add 1/2 cup of hot tea to each glass and stir.
      6. Top up the glass with an approximate 1/4 cup of hot milk and additional milk froth.
      7. Serve immediately.
      Recipe Notes

      -You can use purchased vanilla syrup.

      -Make your own vanilla syrup by bringing a 1/2 cup of sugar and a 1/2 cup of water to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Remove from heat and add 2 tsp vanilla extract or fresh vanilla beans from 1/2 a vanilla pod.  Allow to cool and then strain if using fresh vanilla beans.

      -If no vanilla syrup is possible, sweeten to taste with sugar and add a splash of vanilla extract.

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      Earl Grey Punch

      Earl Grey Punch

       

      Whether it’s for Mother’s Day, Easter, or wedding shower, Earl Grey Punch is a lovely sipper! But don’t be fooled by the name, this punch packs a punch with its white rum and apricot brandy. Only slightly subdued by a generous dose of citrus juice from limes, oranges and lemons, it’s not for your grandma’s punch bowl with the glasses hanging off the side. It’s fresh and bright with a small undertone of earthiness from the tea, making it the perfect afternoon cocktail.

       

      Two glasses filled with Earl Grey Punch rest on a white tray draped with a light blue cloth, orange ribbon and fresh mint.
      Earl Grey Punch
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        Servings
        4 - 6 ounce cocktails
        Servings
        4 - 6 ounce cocktails
        Two glasses filled with Earl Grey Punch rest on a white tray draped with a light blue cloth, orange ribbon and fresh mint.
        Earl Grey Punch
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          4 - 6 ounce cocktails
          Servings
          4 - 6 ounce cocktails
          Ingredients
          Servings: 6 ounce cocktails
          Instructions
          1. In a small bowl combine white rum and loose earl grey tea. Allow mixture to sit for 1-2 hours.
          2. Strain rum and add to a small pitcher. Add remaining ingredients except for ice and mint, stir to combine.
          3. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh mint leaves if desired.

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          Almond Milk Chai Latte

          Almond Milk Chai Latte

          Does your heart or head rule winter?

          For those of you being in the upper northern hemisphere like myself know all too well about bitter cold winds, endless shovelling and icy roads.  This same blistery cold also brings beautiful hoar frost, sparkling snow, ice skating and snowmen.  I guess it’s all about perspective!

          Let your heart rule!

          Warm and comforting, Almond Milk Chai Latte appeals to the heart with its frothy top, myriad of warming spices and fragrant aroma.  It’s a simple way to forget the shortness of the days, snow removal and frostbite.

          It’s easier than you think…

          Chai is black tea infused with spices like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, clove and ginger.  Some include star anise or fennel seeds, nutmeg and allspice. Each having their own unique flare.  I like mine with a little less clove but with a hint of sweetness.  The wonderful thing about making your own chai concentrate is you can make just how you like it. 

          Making your own chai mix is quick and easy.  It’s a matter of simply simmering desired spices and steeping them with black tea.  The concentrate can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to a week.  The concentrate merely needs to be warmed and mixed with your favourite milk or milk alternative for a warming cup anytime the mood strikes. Getting that perfect frothy top is easy too with the help an Amazon Milk Frother Enjoy! 

          Be sure to try the warming and boozy Blueberry Tea if you’re looking for something a little stronger to warm you up.

          Almond Milk Chai Latte
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            Servings Prep Time
            4 8 oz servings 15 minutes
            Cook Time
            20 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            4 8 oz servings 15 minutes
            Cook Time
            20 minutes
            Almond Milk Chai Latte
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              Servings Prep Time
              4 8 oz servings 15 minutes
              Cook Time
              20 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              4 8 oz servings 15 minutes
              Cook Time
              20 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: 8 oz servings
              Instructions
              1. Crush cardamom using the bottom of a small pot or metal measuring cup. Remove seeds and discard shells. Continue to crush cardamom seeds along with peppercorns, cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick and nutmeg until well broken down. It will take 10-12 good crushes to break down the whole spices. Bring 2 cups of water to a simmer in a small pot (preferably with a pouring spout) Add crushed spices along with ground ginger. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
              2. Remove from heat and stir in loose black tea. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Stir in brown sugar and strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Will yield approximately 2 cups of chai mix.
              3. Warm and froth almond milk. Pour 1/2 cup hot chai concentrate into a mug and top with 1/2 cup of almond milk and a spoonful or two of froth. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon if desired and serve immediately.
              Recipe Notes

              -2% milk can be used if desired.

              -you can grind the whole spices using an electric spice grinder as well, however, crushing by hand works just fine.

              -almond milk or milk can be frothed using an emersion blender, by shaking, commercial frother, espresso machine frother or a mini hand-held electric whisk. You can find these items in My Amazon Store under "The Extras"

              -the chai concentrate will keep in a sealed container for up to a week in the fridge.

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              Blueberry Tea

              Blueberry Tea

              With the cold winter months upon us, it seems only right to cozy up to the fire with a warm Blueberry Tea. Aromatic with a hint of blueberry makes this cocktail a delight to sip on. The essence of blueberries is created from the combination of Grand Marnier, Amaretto and Orange Pekoe tea, no actual blueberries are needed.  Only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to the contented comfort of a warm aromatic drink in your hand. Blueberry Tea is under rated, especially with people like me who live in the cold 4-5 months of the year. Blueberry Tea is so easy and so enjoyable, there’s no reason not to be sipping on one tonight.

              Blueberry Tea
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                Servings Prep Time
                1 person 5 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                1 person 5 minutes
                Blueberry Tea
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  1 person 5 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  1 person 5 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: person
                  Instructions
                  1. Warm snifter glass by filling with hot water and allowing to sit while brewing tea. Pour out water and add Grand Marnier and Amaretto. Top with tea to taste, about a cup depending on size of snifter. Garnish with orange peel or wheel. Enjoy immediately.