HAPPY HOUR + LEMON LAVENDER TEA LATTE

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My man came home with a pretty pot of spring flowers and some vegan and gluten-free cupcakes from my favourite spot the other night. I was obviously so happy in a warm-fuzzy way over the treats and his general thoughtfulness, but he started telling me about a latte that he picked up at the bakery and my ears perked up real quick. It was a lemon meringue sort of number with a tea base. It sounded incredible and I wanted one all for myself like, immediately.

So I tinkered around with the idea and came up with this. It’s so soothing and creamy! It’s become my evening elixir of choice lately. I keep a bunch of essential oils around for mixing with some Dr. Bronner’s soap or for diffusing/humidifying. I knew that lemon juice or zest wouldn’t be effective in a drink that had a milky base because curdling of any sort is gross. This is where lemon essential oil comes in. All of the pure lemon flavour and none of the weird textural changes. I hope some of you get the chance to relax with a nice cup of this over the (looong!) weekend. To the links! <3

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LEMON AND LAVENDER TEA LATTE RECIPE
Print the recipe here!
Serves: 1
Notes: I use rooibos for the base tea in mine because I like to sip this in the evening. I imagine black tea (like a nice, perfume-y Ceylon) or some yerba mate would be excellent if you need more of an energy boost. I haven’t tried this using fresh lemon juice or zest, but I can’t imagine it working as effectively as the essential oil because of issues with curdling. Other uses for lemon essential oil are listed at the end of this article.

***Also, I’ve received some questions about the ingestion of essential oil. I’m not an expert on anything, but I will offer this: it seems like a lot of the danger associated with ingesting lemon essential oil is its tendency to “sit on top” of any liquid it’s consumed with (like a drop in a glass of water or something). If you’re going to consume an essential oil like this, it seems like small quantity, dilution + even dispersal within the mixture with some kind of fat and other liquid is necessary. I do both of those things with this recipe, but in light of the articles I’ve recently read about this issue, I would probably classify this drink as an occasional treat. Of course, I won’t coerce anyone into drinking anything. If you don’t feel comfortable with this kind of ingredient, I totally understand and welcome all constructive comments.

2 teaspoons base, loose leaf tea (rooibos, black tea, yerba mate etc)
1/2 teaspoon dried lavender buds
3/4 cup boiling water
1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk (I like this one)
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon agave nectar/maple syrup/honey or other liquid sweetener
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 drops lemon essential oil

Combine the base tea and lavender in a tea filter. Place the filter in a measuring cup and pour the boiling water over it. Submerge the tea and steep for at least 4 minutes. Strain.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the plant milk and coconut oil to a boil.

Carefully transfer the strained tea and hot milk to an upright blender. Add the liquid sweetener, vanilla, and lemon essential oil to the blender as well. Slowly blend the mixture, gradually bringing the speed up to medium high until mixture is creamy and frothy.

Pour the latte into a mug and drizzle with extra sweetener if you like. Serve hot.

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  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well26/03/2016 - 10:37 am

    Oh my goodness Laura this lemon latte is everything I’m craving right now. Your man is so sweet, bring you treats and a stellar recipe idea?! A keeper ;). As for those links, mega loved them this week and am totally on board with the idea of single tasking as well as taking a month off of social media – serious life enrichers right there.ReplyCancel

  • Lily | Kale & Caramel26/03/2016 - 10:56 am

    Want! Can we curl up with this on a misty spring morning and brainstorm how to ban anxiety from our lives and take month-long social media breaks? Kcoolthx.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl | Healthoop26/03/2016 - 12:00 pm

    Thanks for the tea latte recipe. I have a lot of black tea which i brought from Sri Lanka trip last Dec. Can’t wait to make it :)ReplyCancel

  • Lana26/03/2016 - 12:11 pm

    This looks so so so delicious! I’m definitely going to try it out asap. PS your blog design is really beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Aubrey26/03/2016 - 1:03 pm

    That lavender latte looks AMAZING. I will have to try that:)ReplyCancel

  • Courtney26/03/2016 - 4:41 pm

    Not only am I vibing with this tea latte, but so many of these links, too! You’re rocking this happy hour feature! :)ReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout26/03/2016 - 10:16 pm

    This sounds so magical Laura! Such a perfect spring treat :) You have so many good suggestions for gluten free/ vegan places in the Niagara area. When I go home to Toronto for the summer I’ll have to take a bike trip over to visit my grandma and check them all out!ReplyCancel

  • Agnes {Cashew Kitchen}27/03/2016 - 4:03 am

    What an awesome surprise to stumble upon one of my recipes while reading your link list ❤️ I read your happy hour post every weekend and I always find so many interesting and useful articles here, so it means a lot that you wanted to include me in it. I absolutely love everything you do too!
    This lemon lavender latte really intrigues me as I’m SO into warming, herbal/spice drinks like this right now. I think it will be a perfect soothing drink for early mornings, as a part of practising a more grounding morning routine (as one of the articles talked about) :)
    Have a lovely Sunday!
    Xx AgnesReplyCancel

  • christine27/03/2016 - 4:46 am

    What an interesting drink – not combinations I would readily think of, but I must try it – I think I have all the ingredients in the cupboard, so that must be some sort of sign! Thank you:)ReplyCancel

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  • Tori27/03/2016 - 6:07 am

    lavender is such a great addition to tea and this latte has my name written all over it!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia27/03/2016 - 8:40 am

    I love your blog and can’t wait until your cookbook comes out! Is the lemon oil safe to ingest? I have always been a little wary about ingesting essential oils. thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Laura27/03/2016 - 9:24 am

      Hi Sonia,
      So this concern was brought to my attention after I posted this through a couple emails and social media comments. It seems like a lot of the danger associated with ingesting lemon essential oil is its tendency to “sit on top” of any liquid it’s consumed with (like a drop in a glass of water or something). If you’re going to consume an essential oil like this, it seems like small quantity, dilution + even dispersal within the mixture with some kind of fat and other liquid is necessary. I do both of those things with this drink, but in light of all the articles I’ve recently read about this, I would probably classify this drink as an occasional treat.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Gail Orcutt27/03/2016 - 12:48 pm

    I add a drop or two of lemon essential oil every morning to my cup of green tea. What is extremely important is that readers use only THERAPEUTIC grade essential oils. Even some of those sold in health food stores are not safe to use. There are several good companies online (without getting yourself wrapped into an MLM situation.) I like Rocky Mountain Oils. Their oils are therapeutic grade sold at a retail price with free shipping. They also have excellent customer service.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda27/03/2016 - 10:17 pm

    That article from AT on social media breaks was so fucking inspiring. Five minutes after I read it I deleted the Facebook app from my phone and immediately had a positive effect – suddenly I was spending time on the floor with girl instead of scrolling through Facebook feeling guilty I wasn’t spending time with my girl!ReplyCancel

  • Marta & Mimma29/03/2016 - 11:17 am

    looks a little bit like an healthy vegan lemon meringue cake in a glass! sounds amazing..totally need to try it!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia01/04/2016 - 8:01 am

    Thanks for your response about the lemon oil. I will also look into the therapeutic grade as the other reader mentioned.ReplyCancel

  • Tash07/04/2016 - 9:05 pm

    This would be great with some Earl Grey tea. Can’t wait to try this out!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Daniels08/04/2016 - 3:55 am

    I tried it today …. It`s AMAZING :) Thank you so much for the recipe I never tried something like that :)ReplyCancel

  • Natasha01/06/2016 - 2:28 pm

    I love that you wrote ‘yerba mate’ in the parenthesis <3 Where i live that's like tea for the British ha ha.
    Plus, it goes REALLY good with milk and lemon! Definitely gonna try this!ReplyCancel

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