Chai tea lattes aren’t for everyone. Sometimes they can be a little spicy but I love the aroma and that they taste exactly how they smell.
My husband and I recently ordered one from Starbucks, and that’s saying something. I apologize to all the die-hard Starbucks fans – don’t mean to bash! We feel Starbucks is way overpriced, however, I will say, it was to-die-for. Not sure if it was worth the price, but it was definitely good.
So I wanted to create these babies at home, minus the high cost. I found it’s pretty easy to do, the only thing I don’t like is that a lot of the spices used sit at the bottom. But if you can overlook that, then this is a real treat.
I start with boiling water and a chai tea bag. I steep the tea bag in about half a mug of water for a good five minutes. The more concentrated the flavour, the better it will transfer over to the finished latte.
In a small saucepan, bring about 1/2-3/4 cups of milk to a gentle boil. Combine it with a tablespoon of honey and the spices listed in the recipe below. You won’t need to add any sugar, because the honey sweetens it just enough. I really like using honey instead of sugar, it just seems more natural.
When the milk mixture is nice and hot, combine it with the tea in a blender and blend well for a minute or two.
A word of caution with having hot liquids in a blender – sometimes, no matter how good the seal is on your blender, the hot liquid can splash out of the blender. To combat this, I use a damp dishcloth and lay it over my blender lid before turning the blender on. The dishcloth will catch anything that splashes.
After the mixture is well blended, pour it back into your mug. Blending it this way gives the beverage just enough froth, and you can top it with a sprinkle of cinnamon to make it even more luxurious.
I love my tea piping hot, so I usually pop the mug into the microwave for 45 seconds to make it steamy!
Obviously, if you are making two lattes, you’ll want to double the recipe, just be extra careful when using the blender. I don’t recommend making more than two at a time for this reason, you don’t want to overfill the blender.
Do you think I missed any ingredients? What would you add?