Creating the Ultimate Holiday Tea Latte

I have had colleagues describe me as being a little bit extra when I talked about the tea lattes I’ve made at home for myself. A couple weeks ago, one of my fellow nurses was making a cup of tea during night shift. Which led me to talk about what I made the last time I had that tea (spoiler alert: it was delicious and over the top). I’m all about making my tea lattes pretty and pretty tasty, and this guide for the Ultimate Holiday Tea Latte is really no exception to that rule.

The flavour that I’m all about during the holiday season is peppermint. It is a very winter/holiday flavour that I think a lot of people are familiar with. I love peppermint in my black tea blends, in my hot chocolate, and in candy cane form. There’s just something quintessential about peppermint and the winter holidays and that’s why it’s the basis for my Ultimate Holiday Tea Latte. This article is more of a guide or a how-to instead of a recipe.

Ingredients for this Ultimate Holiday Tea Latte include:

Black tea (either straight or blended with peppermint)
Sweetener of your choice
Milk or dairy-free alternative
Decorations (crushed candy canes, coloured sugar, sprinkles)

To start, make a cup of strong black tea – I use a bit more tea leaves than I would if I wasn’t planning to add milk to it. You can choose a plain black tea, or a black tea blend that already contains peppermint (either in dried leaf or extract/natural flavouring form) and then steep in 100°C (212°F) water for 3 to 5 minutes.

If you’re using a straight black tea, you can add peppermint extract after the tea has steeped. A little goes a long way when it comes to extract, you’ll want to add 1 or 2 drops only. You can always add more extract if needed, but you can’t take away if you pour in half the bottle. Be like Scrooge when it comes to your peppermint extract and be stingy!

Add your sweetener, sweeten to taste and personal preference. I still have some peppermint flavoured agave at a big chain tea store, but you can use honey, sugar, agave syrup – pretty much anything your heart desires. You can read up on different types of sweeteners here. You can also flavour your agave or honey directly with peppermint extract if you’re going to be using it a lot (again, be like Scrooge when it comes to flavouring anything with extract!).

Froth up some milk. Use your preferred method – I use the mason jar method a lot because that’s the equipment that I have on hand. For a little bit of extra holiday cheer, you can opt to use eggnog or whipped cream. It’s a bit more calorie-heavy, but it is the holidays so why not indulge a little bit? Nobody is saying to drink it like this every day…. Or are they? (Side note: I was introduced to chai lattes made with eggnog this year and it is delicious and really tastes like the holidays in a cup, minus the fact that it’s missing peppermint.)

Top the frothed milk with crushed candy canes, coloured sugar, or sprinkles. This really helps set the mood, and make it all the more festive while really putting your tea latte at the top of its holiday game.

And if you’re feeling particularly generous, make a second cup to share. Happy holidays, tea friends!

If you happen to make an Ultimate Holiday Tea Latte that’s at the top of its holiday game, share it on Instagram and tag me so I can see! @onemoresteep #onemoresteep

Recipe: Matcha White Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s the season for holiday baking, work cookie exchanges, and another tea themed cookie recipe from yours truly! I’m spearheading the cookie exchange at my work this year, so I just had to create something new – my colleagues are starting to have expectations! This is my third year working on my unit, and this is my third cookie recipe on One More Steep! Previously, I shared my recipes for Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies and Matcha Sugar Cookies.

I’m a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies, and I just could not resist changing it up by adding matcha! These cookies have a crunchy exterior with a melt-in-your-mouth inside that is bursting with white chocolate sweetness and matcha goodness. It genuinely reminds me of a matcha latte – and I’m loving it! If you’re a fan of matcha, this is the cookie for you. If you’re a fan of matcha lattes, white chocolate chips, or cookies in general – this is also the cookie for you.

Recipe Yields: 3 dozen. Baking Time: 12 minutes.

Ingredients:

1½ cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1½ to 2 cups white chocolate chips*
2 tablespoons matcha powder

* I used a full bag of Hershey’s Chipits White Chocolate Chips (225g) with each batch, which is just a smidge over 1½ cups. You can use or more white chocolate chips according to your personal preference.

Wanting to make this recipe vegetarian/vegan friendly? It’s easy! Substitute with vegan butter (or margarine), aquafaba (3 tablespoons of aquafaba is equal to 1 whole egg; aquafaba is the fluid from canned chickpeas!), and look for dairy-free white chocolate chips (they do exist!).

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F.
Beat sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and egg together until well blended.
Mix in flour, baking soda, and matcha until evenly green.
Stir in white chocolate chips (I found this easier to do with my hands).
Roll dough out into balls that are approximately the size of a rounded tablespoon, lay out cookies at least 2″ apart as these cookies will spread.
Bake 12 minutes or until edges are light brown.
Allow cookies to cool for 1-2 minutes before transferring to cooling racks.

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cookies, “Chocolate Chip Cookies”.

If you make these delicious Matcha White Chocolate Chip Cookies, I’d love to see your photos! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@onemoresteep #onemoresteep) or comment below with a link to the photo!

Recipe: Rose Matcha Latte

I recently tried a rose matcha latte at a cafe and it tasted like drinking perfume (and I don’t like drinking perfume, or potpourri…). But I was really intrigued by the idea of a rose matcha latte that didn’t taste like a dried bouquet so I set off on determining the right ratios of rose to everything else in order to get the flavour profile balanced, so I hope you enjoy trying out my Rose Matcha Recipe!

Bonus fun fact! Today (August 22nd) is One More Steep’s birthday! I’ve been posting reviews and recipes since 2015. To date, I have written 336 reviews, and this is my fifth recipe!

Rose Matcha Latte Recipe

1 tablespoon matcha
100mL water
1-2 tsp Rose Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
250-300mL milk (or dairy-free alternative), frothed
1-2 crushed petals from rose buds.

Sift the matcha into your bowl (or blender bottle if you’re using that).
Whisk with the heated water, and then pour into a cup.
Stir in the Rose Simple Syrup.
Froth milk – use your milk frother or (my personal favourite method) shake up a mason jar.
Pour milk into the cup of tea, spoon foam over the top.
Sprinkle crushed rose petals over top.
And enjoy!

Rose Simple Syrup Recipe

1 cup sugar*
1 cup water*
1 Tbsp dried organic rose buds

* You can make more or less simple syrup depending on how often you want to have a Rose Matcha Latte, as long as you use equal parts water and sugar. You will want a clean jar/bottle on hand to store the Rose Simple Syrup.

Combine sugar and water into a saucepan and place over medium heat.
Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Allow syrup to simmer for 1-2 minutes.
Add rose buds, stir, allow to simmer for an additional 2 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Once cooled, strain/remove rose buds
Pour Rose Simple Syrup into a jar or bottle and refrigerate.
The Rose Simple Syrup will keep for at least 2 weeks in the fridge – don’t forget to label it with the date!