Thursday, August 11, 2011

Recipe for disaster

Last week I was visiting relatives and was talking to a cousin about making a "dumb downed" (aka cheaper) version of Starbucks' Vanilla Rooibos Tea Latte.

We were talking about various coffee drinks and how at some places are more expensive then others, and I suggested that if she (my cousin) likes the drinks from Starbucks, why not try a less expensive version?

After explaining to her the instructions, she suggested I put it on my blog.

Now, I must admit, I do not own the rights to any of the brand names listed forthcoming; this is just merely suggestion. I am not trying to drive customers away from the Seattle chain, but I know sometimes you can't really afford that 5 buck daily drink.

Hope this helps.


What you need:


• Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Vanilla Red Tea (http://www.celestialseasonings.com/products/detail.html/red-teas/madagascar-vanilla-red )

• Coffee Mate French Vanilla creamer
(make sure you get the small bottle so you don’t go and waste it. If all else fails, you can always buy another. I use this because I think it tastes the best. I suggest you try other brands French Vanilla if you want to experiment. Just buy a small bottle at a time) ( http://www.coffee-mate.com/Products/French-Vanilla.aspx#cf0aa49f-120c-459a-8081-24bfac27e69a )


• Whisk or milk frother.

• A mug of your choice



What you need to do (what I usually do):

• Take one tea bag and put it in a mug of your choice

• Boil your water

• As the water is boiling, in another cup, pour some creamer in. If you have a whisk, whisk the creamer. I use one of those frother whisks
(something like this: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&sku=13033501  Although, you can probably find a cheaper one. But this is just to give you the idea. If I remember correctly, IKEA sells one for under $5). * see note

• When the water is boiled, pour it into your mug, but leave enough for the creamer.

• Pour the frothed cream into your mug, give a quick stir (use a spoon so then you can squish the tea bag against the inside of the mug to release more of the tea)

• Voila! Home made Starbucks Vanilla Rooibos Tea Latte





** Note: If you do not have a whisk or a frother, skip this step and just pour the cream into the mug. It tastes the same either way – the frothiness just gives it that “latte” feel. It’s the same either way… once the froth “melts” into the tea.






See also (for those "one stop shoppers" on Amazon):
Amazon list of varying prices - tea



Coffeemate French Vanilla - varying prices
(you want the actual liquid... gets messy with the powder)



Frothing whisks - varying prices