The double double earl grey latte (aka the best earl grey latte ever) - The First MessI know that elixirs with all kinds of weird and wonderful powders are very much the movement du jour (and I love them!), but you can’t deny that one of the original non-coffee cozy drinks is the earl grey latte. I find the quality of this drink varies significantly from place to place, especially when non-dairy milk is in the mix. I have a simple and streamlined version in my book that I love, but I can never help tinkering a bit.

I like heavy vanilla warmth in my earl grey lattes, and detectable bergamot is also key. I doubled up both components in this version and it’s pretty much perfect for my taste. We’ve had so much rain lately, and one of these with a sweet bite in the afternoon is just the thing to make the best of it. Some more warm drink inspiration here.

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The double double earl grey latte (aka the best earl grey latte ever) - The First Mess
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NOTES: Important note on bergamot essential oil usage! I’ve received some questions about the ingestion of essential oil with this recipe. I’m not an expert on anything, but I will offer this from my extensive Googling: it seems like a lot of the danger associated with ingesting citrus essential oils is their tendency to “sit on top” of any liquid they’re 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 what 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. I also realize that most people don’t have bergamot essential oil just hanging out in their cabinet, so it’s worth noting that lots of tea purveyors will make a “double bergamot” version of earl grey.

4 teaspoons loose leaf earl grey tea (or 2 hefty teabags)
12 ounces boiling water
sweetener, to taste (maple syrup, honey, stevia, cane sugar)
12 ounces plant-based milk of choice
1 ½ teaspoons coconut oil
¼ teaspoon vanilla powder (optional)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 drop bergamot essential oil

Select 2 cups. Divide the tea in half and place in strainers/DIY tea bags. Set the tea strainers/bags in the cups and cover each one with 6 ounces of the boiling water. Let the tea steep for 4 full minutes. Discard the bags and sweeten the tea if you wish.

Bring the milk to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. While it’s coming up to a simmer, add the following to an upright blender: the coconut oil, vanilla powder, vanilla extract, and bergamot essential oil.

Pour the warm milk into the blender. Put the lid on and slowly bring the speed of the blender up to high for about 15 seconds. Divide the frothy, fragrant milk among the two cups and enjoy immediately.

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