Alchemy Hour Tea: blueberry infused earl grey tea topped with silky steamed milk.
This month’s Drink inspired by Music is featuring the band Signals Midwest. Alchemy Hour is a song off their newest album, At This Age. If Signals Midwest ever plays a show in your town, you won’t regret going! They’re one of the most happy & energetic bands I’ve ever seen. They also just have great lyrics and guitar riffs that I’ve unsuccessfully tried to play.
Alchemy Hour was originally going to be a drink with ginger beer. But I couldn’t think of anything that was too different from some previous drinks I’ve posted. So I settled on making this tea drink. I love the way the milk and tea swirl together in the beginning!
This is based off a London Fog tea. If you’ve never had it, it’s 2/3 tea with 1/3 steamed milk. The texture is silky smooth and is so much better than just adding some milk to your tea, it’s all about the frothy milk!
I realize that not all of you have a fancy way to steam milk. Don’t worry because neither do I! Do you own a french press? Then you’re in luck! Or I’d also recommend this handheld milk steamer. You fill the french press up with about 1 cup milk and plunge the strainer part up and down, until the milk is bubbly and doubled in size. I was skeptical at first, and honestly amazed this worked!
In order to get the right amount of foam, you’ll want to channel your inner barista. Place a spoon (the concave part pointing outward) by the spout of the of the french press and slowly pour. Then when your cup is almost full with about 1/2 inch space left, remove the spoon and all the foamy milk with pour on top. Hopefully that is helpful and makes sense!
Are you going to make Alchemy Hour Tea? Leave a comment below with any questions or suggestions!
Alchemy Hour Tea
|Yield: makes 2 drinks|
blueberry infused earl grey tea topped with silky steamed milk.
- 3 tea bags, I used Earl Grey
- 1/3 cup blueberries, or fruit of your choice
- 1 cup milk
- Place 3 tea bags in a 14-ounce teapot. Fill with blueberries and top with boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat milk in a small sauce pan, stirring frequently to make sure the milk doesn't burn. Remove from heat when milk is bubbling.
- Pour hot milk into a french press. Move the plunger up and down until milk is bubbly, frothy, and has doubled in amount.
- Pour tea in mugs about 2/3 of the way full. Take the plunger lid off the french press. Place a spoon concave side outward at the spout of the french press as you pour the milk in the tea. When you have about 1/2 inch empty space left in the mug, remove the spoon and continue pouring to let the foam pour on top. Enjoy!
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