1. Green tea latte.
Soothing drinks—really, anything that can be served in latte form—have been consistently popular this year at Tea Zaanti Café in Salt Lake City. “People are willing to try something new to mix up their routine, but there seems to be something enticing about [hot] milk and a little bit of sweetener,” says owner Scott Lyttle. His go-to is the Houjicha green tea latte. “The leaves are roasted over an open flame, turning them brown and resulting in a tea that has some lovely caramel undertones,” he says. “Once you brew it up and add steamed milk and honey, it’s a comforting treat in a cup.”
Toasted tea latte recipe
Makes 12 ounces
1 tablespoon Houjicha tea leaves
6 ounces water
6 ounces milk (or dairy alternative)
1 tablespoon honey
Steep tea leaves in 175-degree Fahrenheit water for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, using an infuser basket, teapot, or compostable filter. Steam milk and honey together. (Tip: If you don’t have a frother, whisk in a small saucepan over medium heat until frothy.) Remove leaves from water, top with steamed milk and honey, and enjoy.