As a little kid, I remember being offered chamomile tea when I would get sick. I distinctly recall hating the flowery taste, and the fact that I only drank it when I had a cold or the flu…well, that certainly didn’t help. For years, I have avoided chamomile tea thinking that I didn’t like it.
This past October, Aaron and I were enjoying that amazing long weekend in NYC. We stopped into Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee on the recommendation of the woman whose apartment we were renting. It was so adorable (you can read more about it here) and having made it my mission to consume as many seasonally-spiced, hot beverages as possible while in the city, I ordered a hot apple cider.
Unfortunately, Jack’s was all out. Instead, the barista enthusiastically offered to whip up something equally Fall-appropriate and I let her do her thing. She handed me a lightly sweetened chamomile tea latte made with soy milk and cinnamon and I braced myself to smile politely and pretend to enjoy it.
That’s when I realized I actually do like chamomile tea. I really, really like it.
Maybe my tastes have changed, or maybe they were just off every time I tried it as a kid, thanks to those winter head colds that make most foods taste different and bland. It’s a little funny that it took getting sick this month to make me think of chamomile tea once again and finally re-create a variation of that latte I loved so much in New York.
- ¾ cup filtered water
- ¾ cup cashew milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
- 2-3 chamomile tea bags (depending on how strong you like your tea)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- tiny pinch fine sea salt
- Add the water to a small saucepan, cover with a lid, and bring it to a boil over high heat.
- Turn off the heat and add in the chamomile tea bags. Cover the saucepan and allow the tea to steep for 5-7 minutes. You want it to be very strong.
- Remove the tea bags and add in the non-dairy milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt.
- Turn the heat back on to medium and stir continuously until the mixture is hot but not boiling.
- Turn off the heat, pour into your favorite mug, and enjoy!
- Optional: Use a milk frother to create a luxurious layer of foam for your latte.
If you think you don’t like chamomile tea, give this latte a try.