The holiday season isn’t just about family, food and presents — it’s about holiday drinks!
Before the holiday music starts to creep out of every speaker you pass, Starbucks has its holiday drinks and limited edition coffee and tea hitting grocery store shelves. But, while everyone is running to get peppermint mochas and gingerbread lattes, holiday teas are often forgotten.
Nutcracker Sweet black tea by Celestial Seasons is my favorite holiday tea. I grew up going to the Canton Palace Theatre to see the Nutcracker ballet with my grandma, and bringing the enchanting holiday treat to a cup of tea is a perfect way to unwind and enjoy the tastes of Christmas.
Nutcracker Sweet is a black tea that contains vanilla and cinnamon that perfumes the air with a light, nutty-sweet smell that immediately triggers your brain to think of the holidays. The tea’s aroma is not the only thing to enjoy, but the taste is also just as good.
This tea has an incredible vanilla flavor with a kick from the cinnamon. If I drink this tea black, I like to add one spoonful of sugar. I prefer a little holiday treat that is cheaper than a run to Starbucks and lets you stay inside to enjoy snow through the window.
Holiday tea latte
- a coffee mug
- small saucepan
- two Nutcracker Sweet teabags
- vanilla extract
To make a Nutcracker Sweet tea latte you are going to need:
Note: Use your coffee mug to measure. Forget the hassle of measuring cups.
1.) Fill your mug a little over halfway with milk. I prefer 2-percent milk because it is creamier, but if you prefer 1-percent or skim milk that will also work. Dump the milk into your saucepan, but wait to turn on the stove.
2.) Fill your mug about halfway with water and put it in the microwave for about 2-and-a-half minutes so it’s almost boiling.
3.) Place two teabags in your water and let them steep while you steam the milk.
4.) Turn on your milk in the small saucepan and heat it on high while continuously whisking the milk. It will only take about 3 minutes before you see the top begin to froth. Add a spoonful of sugar and a drop of vanilla. Continue to whisk, but no longer than 5 minutes depending on your preference for more milk or froth. For more in-depth directions on steaming your milk, check out my at home lattes blog.
5.) Discard the tea bags and pour the milk over your tea base. Be sure to hold back the froth with a spoon or the whisk so you can plop that on top last.
6.) Sprinkle on some cinnamon and enjoy your holiday treat!