Jasmine green tea gives chamomile a run for its money in the calming department.
You know that famous “This Is Fine” meme of the anthropomorphic dog sitting in a fire and puddle of self-denial? It’s a good depiction of my life, and as long as I have Jasmine in my life, it’s going to be, as one of my high school teachers used to say, EGBOK. Everything Is Going To Be Okay.
This is my all-time go-to recipe, Jasmine Milk Tea, or Jasmine Tea Latte, depending on whether you make it hot or cold. This is a simple recipe of three ingredients: Jasmine green tea pearls, non-dairy creamer, and good ‘ol cane sugar.
Traditionally, green tea is harvested and left in a room of blooming jasmine, where it gets naturally infused with the scent of the night flower so that the result is complex, yet simple; strong, yet delicate. I am completely loyal to The Tao of Tea’s Jasmine Pearls Green Tea, which carries a bold tea flavor, is particularly smooth rather than acrid, carries a natural jasmine aroma rather than oil essence that many other brands carry, and is capable of four steeps – the second and third steeps are particularly my fave.
And why powdered non-dairy creamer, you say? Powders are unnatural and a product of the devil, you say? Traditionally, bubble tea is made with non-dairy creamer, which is a great option for a few reasons: 1) It’s trusted to never dilute the tea. Most liquid options like milk, evaporated milk, and half & half add more water content than necessary. 2) It won’t give you the runs. Most Asians, boba’s majority audience, are lactose intolerant anyway… 3) It actually tastes grrrrrreat! Am I the only one who would eat it off of a spoon? True testament of a foodie…if it tastes good, I’d die for it.
As for the sweetener, I chose white sugar because I didn’t want to take attention away from the tea. Simple as that.
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