Want to go to London, but don’t have the money? Want a bit of an energy boost, but not the head-on, ninety mile an hour caffeine crash that comes after mainlining a pot of coffee? I do. I always wish I was in London and I’m always looking for ways to un-addict myself from the coffee I drink by the ten-gallon buckets.
Enter tea. I’ve always been a fan. Many teas have less caffeine content than coffee and there are so many varieties, both herbal and other. It’s also relatively inexpensive. I love the texture of the tea leaves and the smell, in particular, Earl Grey tea. The hint of citrus that comes from adding the oil extracted from a bergamot orange is nothing less than aromatherapy in a cup.
A friend recently introduced me to a wonderful variation of a hot cup of Earl Grey Tea. It is so simple. And so wonderful. It’s called a London Fog and some baristas will know exactly what you speak of and some you will have to educate. What is a London Fog? Earl Grey tea mixed with almond milk. No, really, that’s it. I believe some use soy milk, but I prefer almond.
It has become my obsession. This same friend of mine and I wandered one morning after breakfast into Davis Cookware & Cutlery Shop in the Hillsboro Village neighborhood in Nashville and I believe it was equally life-changing for both of us. It was there we were introduced by the proprietor to the visually and olfactorily stunning creamy Earl Grey tea, which has a hint of vanilla, in addition to the bergamot. He also encouraged us to try a bit of lavender mixed in with the Earl Grey and gave each of us a bit to try at home.
It is my new favorite and I would encourage everyone to whip themselves up a London Fog, sit back and watch the London Bridge live webcam, which you can see, here. I’m not saying I do that at least twice a week, but who am I kidding, I am saying that. You should, too.