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Since I mentioned chai tea latte as one of the things I love about fall, I decided to post a recipe. Yum!
Have you ever tried to make your own chai tea? Chai tea is typically a spiced tea that comes from Indian roots and contains a variety of spices. You can buy various mixes to make the tea in your own home, but if you want to go the extra mile, you can learn how to make your very own chai tea from scratch.
As a chai tea latte fan, I have used each of the different methods – the premade chai tea base that you just add milk to (like Starbucks), chai tea bags that you add milk to (from the grocery store), and straight from scratch method (using tea bags and spices).
Turning a wonderful mixture of spices and tea into chai tea that you can enjoy takes a bit of time, but it’s completely worth it. It is possible to increase the recipe and make a larger batch. The tea base can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
The Right Ingredients
Good ingredients lead to a good latte.
Pro-tip: If you can, freshly grind your black peppercorns, cloves, and green cardamom. If that’s not an option, you can simply purchase them in powder form.
Chai Tea Latte
- 1 inch Peeled ginger, sliced thinly
- 1-2 Cinnamon sticks Optional ground cinnamon for garnish
- 1 tsp Finely-ground black pepper
- 2 tsp Ground cloves
- 2 tsp 2 teaspoons of ground cardamom
- 3 teabags High-end Black Tea. You can use loose tea if desired
- 1 cup Milk with additional milk for topping (if desired). You can use 2% milk, nut milk, or coconut milk
- ¼ cup Brown sugar, You can use other sweeteners like maple syrup or honey as well.
- Boil 1 ½ cups of water in a medium saucepan and steep the tea until the water becomes very dark.
- Then place the liquid back on the stove and heat until it begins to simmer lightly.
- Next, add the sugar. Stir it for a minute or two to make sure that the sugar
- Leaving the tea mixture on the low heat, add the spices to the tea for 3 minutes,
stirring lightly to ensure the spices are covered completely. Remove the tea
bags if used.
- Add the milk while still on the heat and whisk the mixture for about 2 -3 minutes.
- Remove the tea from the heat.
- Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove ginger pieces and tea leaves if used into a pitcher.
- Pour the tea into separate cups. You can top with ground cinnamon if desired.
- Optional: If you want frothed milk to top your chai latte, you can make it at home without any special machines. There are several ways to make that happen:
- Whisk: Warm ¾ of a cup of milk in a saucepan and vigorously whisk until frothy. This works best with 2% and coconut milk.
- Immersion Blender: You can use an immersion blender before warming the milk in the saucepan. Froth it up and then gently warm. Best for non-dairy milks but will work for all.
- Mason Jar: Add your milk to a jar, screw on the top, and shake it up! Works well with whole milks and nut milks.
- After the frothing, you can top your cup with the milk and top with cinnamon.
To Make Ahead:
- Complete the first 5 steps. Strain the tea through a fine-mesh strainer into an airtight container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- Gently rewarm the tea in a saucepan and add the milk and whisk. Follow the remaining steps.
Now you have your very own chai tea and recipe that you can come back to anytime you want.
While making a chai latte from scratch can be fun and refreshing, you may not have the time to make it happen in a hurry. Using the store-bought base or pre-spiced tea bags can still give you a refreshing cup of chai latte. But you can impress your friends at your next fall dinner party or Thanksgiving dinner with a homemade option along with the coffee!
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