For Loose Leaf Tea: Add the tea and dried lavender to a tea pot, empty tea bag or tea ball.For Tea Bags: Add the tea bags and lavender to a mug or small bowl.
Heat water in a kettle until boiling or almost boiling. (Note: I prefer the water somewhere around 190-200 degrees F, but I have an electric kettle that lets me choose the setting).
Add the water to the tea pot, or a mug if using a tea bag/ball. Steep according to tea instructions (my brand says 3 minutes for 8-16 ounces). If you’re not sure, err on the side of longer since the milk will dilute the flavor of the tea.
While the tea is brewing, combine the milk and vanilla. Steam and froth (or heat in the microwave or a saucepan if you don’t have a milk steamer).
If you used pre-bagged tea, strain out the lavender before serving. Combine brewed tea with the milk, stir in the sugar, and serve immediately.
I like very little to no sweetener in my lattes. A little bit of sugar does enhance the tea and lavender in this recipe, but you can omit the sugar completely if you prefer. If you like a sweeter drink, add as much sugar as you like. If you want to keep the lavender flavor more subtle, try using only 1/4 teaspoon the dried lavender. I didn’t find 1/2 teaspoon to be overpowering, but I could see it being a bit too floral if you don’t enjoy the taste.