Lavender Rosemary London Fog {Imbolc Tea Latte}

Imbolc is one of my favorite sabbats, ever. Of the eight sabbats, which all celebrate the seasons in their own way, Imbolc is the quietest and the most reflective. It is a time of turning inward and finding our inner knowledge and lighting up our inner darkness.

One of the quirky things about Imbolc is that one of the holiday’s main symbols is dairy products. It sounds a little funny, but this is because mid- to late-winter is when the lambs and calves are typically born and, therefore, when the ewes and heifers begin to produce milk more fervently. As I am semi-lactose-intolerant, one of my favorite ways to go about this celebration is by soaking my hands or feet in warm milk, which is incredibly nourishing and comforting.

However, if you would like to indulge a little, this recipe encompasses some of the key elements and symbols of Imbolc, and you can even make it dairy-free if you choose!

Lavender Rosemary London Fog {Imbolc Tea Latte} | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

The London Fog is the classic tea latte, a latte made with Earl Grey. Although I love making my own tea blends and utilizing the herbs in my home apothecary, I drink a healthy 8 cups of Twinings Earl Grey tea per day while sitting at my desk, (whether at my day job or my little Lupine Hollow office space). Not a sponsored post, just the honest truth. It has to be Twinings or I get fussy. It’s an addiction, to be sure. I’ve probably drank at least 15,000 cups of Twinings Earl Grey tea in the last ten years.

…I will be real… I’ve never done that math until just now and I almost didn’t confess it once I did! That’s crazy, 15,000 cups!

Anyway. I love me some Earl Grey tea. Obviously, it’s what gets me through my day. A London Fog is a special treat that incorporates my favorite simple tea blend with milk, vanilla and occasionally some extra, fun herbs or spices.

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Lavender Rosemary London Fog {Imbolc Tea Latte}

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp loose leaf Earl Grey tea
  • 1 tbsp lavender flowers
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup milk (or dairy-free milk)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp raw honey OR
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine Earl Grey tea and lavender flowers in a tea infuser. 

  2. Pour hot water over the infuser and allow to steep 3-5 minutes.

  3. Bring milk to a boil on the stovetop. 

  4. Stir the vanilla into the milk with a wooden spoon. Add the sprig of rosemary and press gently against the side of the pot to release its flavor. Remove the rosemary and froth in a French press, if you desire.

  5. Remove the tea infuser and dissolve the sugar or honey in the hot tea. 

  6. Pour the sweetened tea into a mug of your choosing and top with the milk (frothed or simply hot). Garnish with lavender flowers and rosemary, if desired. Stir gently and enjoy.

What about this recipe represents Imbolc? Let’s break it down, one ingredient at a time:

Earl Grey Tea. This classic tea blend of black tea and Bergamot oil is cozy, comforting and citrusy. The presence of both a citrus fruit (Bergamot) and black tea make this blend perfect for warming and waxing energies. Imbolc is a dark, quiet, reflective time but it is also the harbinger of spring, the first sign that the earth is getting warm and ready to blossom.

Lavender. Though this flower blooms in the late spring and summer in most places, I love to use dried lavender throughout the year as it has powerful magickal properties. It is excellent for encouraging sleep and dreams. Although Imbolc is a time for waking up, it is also perfect for our last winter hibernations.

Rosemary. This is certainly an unusual addition to a latte drink but I love adding the earthy flavor of rosemary to sweeter indulgences. Rosemary is an herb of remembrance and memory; it aids us in remembering our deep, inner knowledge that spring will come to the earth again.

Milk. As I mentioned, Imbolc is represented by dairy products due to it being the season of baby lambs and calves, when the mother animals begin to lactate more.

Vanilla, honey and sugar. There is something sweet about Imbolc, something innocent and peaceful as we begin to rise from our long winter’s nap into the light of spring!

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