Some time ago I read that you can froth milk using a French Press, but thought it sounded silly and never tried. I’d been wanting another French Press for non-coffee related purposes and found this little fella at my local Goodwill for 4 measly dollars — ask and ye shall receive! — so naturally, the first thing I did when I got home with this thing was make hot cocoa.
The results were like buttery smooth delish chocolatey velvet.
Anyway, it’s possible, guys! Recipe for a hot tea latte after the froth porn.
Frothed Tea Latte
1 tea bag
½ cup milk
Sweetener of choice
1. Fill mug about ¼ way with hot water and steep tea with sweetener.
2. Meanwhile, heat milk in a small saucepan. Don’t bring it to a boil, but you want it to be hot. Stir frequently to keep it from scalding.
3. Pour milk into French Press and give it a good few pumps, until you notice the volume increasing, making sure to bring the mesh up for air after each pump. I usually give about 8-10 quick pumps.
4. Pour milk into cup, remove tea bag and give it a stir.
In case you don’t happen to own a French Press, a friend tipped me off that you can buy a battery powered milk frother from Ikea for $1.99 that would likely produce similar results. Never tried it, so I can’t make any promises, but my instinct towards all things Ikea generally falls somewhere along the lines of Don’t bet on it.