Monday, February 8, 2010

Love In A Cup

For Valentine's Day, or any day you want to share some love! My latest discovery is the aromatic Black Tea Rose Latte from New York City's West Village cafe called Grounded: A truly delicious,simple, low calorie and low cost way to give yourself and others a good dose of lovin'

Never having been a fan of rose tea, I was reluctant to try it.
For me, plain rose tea is too much like perfume in a cup, but this one uses black tea as its base which produces a satisfying robust flavor with a beautiful floral compliment further enriched by the creamy top through which every sip passes. I did not wait for Valentine's Day to start drinking it, and don’t plan to stop anytime soon.

Besides being delicious there are other real benefits. The rose, is known not just for its beauty, and for being a symbol of love, but for the effects of its aromatic essence. Aromatherapists use the oil of rose to enhance feeling of love and forgiveness; as an antidepressant and an aphrodisiac. Considered to be the flower of the goddess Venus, roses and their essence continue to be used in rituals of love. For more about the power of roses have a look back at this past issue.

Here is the recipe from the cafe, and also my lower calorie and lower effort version.

Black Tea Rose Latte a la Grounded
1 bag black tea (with or without caffeine) 0 calories 0 grams sugar

1 tablespoon Monins (or other brand) Rose Syrup 50 calories, 12 grams of sugar

1/2 cup milk steamed to foaming 75 calories 6.5 grams of sugar

Total 125 calories 18.5 grams sugar

Black Tea Rose Latte a la Cathy

1 bag black tea
(with or without caffeine) 0 calories 0 grams sugar
1-2 teaspoons rosewater
(to taste) regular or organic 0 calories 0 grams sugar
4 tablespoons light whipped cream in a can 30 calories 2 grams sugar
(This includes the average lightly sweetened with hint of vanilla, canned whipped creams)

Total 30 calories 2 grams of sugar

Delight yourself with other combinations:
Try mixing rose water or syrup in other kinds of tea, or other flavored syrups or floral waters in black or other teas. When using floral waters you will want to sweeten to taste. If you do come up with something you like, please email me or post a comment on this blog!