Making Hot Triplets (Modified Yuanyang)
You know how sometimes you ask a married couple why they don’t have kids yet, and they answer with something ambiguous like, “Not for a lack of trying!” - well, that’s exactly my answer in the attempts of getting froth on these babies without an espresso wand. Minus the ambiguity I read somewhere that you can achieve similar results by using a whisk and twirling it between two hands to create foam, then sticking it into the microwave to stabilize the foam. Well, I twirled, I twirled that whisk like my life depended on it, but to no avail. Fortunately, this drink already tastes so good sans foam, so I hope you’ll give it a try. A word of warning - those who are not big coffee drinkers should stay away because this drink contains the triple caffeine threat; dark chocolate, black tea and black coffee. Welcome to the dark side.
HOT TRIPLETS (slightly modified from Lady & Pups, serves 2)
[ 2 1/2 heaping tablespoon whole black tea leaves + 2 tablespoon ground coffee + 3 pieces of Hershey’s dark chocolate, or other brands of dark chocolate + 2 cups of water + 1 small 14-ounce can condensed milk ]
Combine whole black tea leaves, ground coffee and water in a pot and set over medium-high heat. Stir slightly and take off heat right before it comes to a simmer. Turn off the heat completely and stir in the dark chocolate until melted. Let it steep for 5 minutes.
Strain the liquid through a very fine sieve into a milk pitcher, and add the condensed milk to combine. Reheat the mixture with a steam wand on an espresso machine until hot, frothy and foamy on the top.
If you’re a similar soul like yours truly and do not own an espresso machine with a steam wand, you can attempt to get some foam by reheating the mixture over the stove, then use a small whisk held perpendicularly to the pot then twirl the whisk by rolling the handle rapidly between the palms of your hands, until the desired amount of froth is obtained.
Divide the liquid and foam into cups and serve immediately