Get cozy and make this Chai Latte for the fall and winter season to make you feel warm inside. This amazing recipe will be perfect for those colder days when you are sitting next to a campfire.
In this article, I will go over the Chai Latte recipe with you. I have added some photos so you can follow along with me. You will need to free up a bit of time to make the delicious chai, but trust me, it will all be worth it. Grab yourself a good cup of joe and start reading away!
What is a Chai Latte?
A Chai Latte is a spiced tea with frothed milk on top. Lattes made with coffee are made with good quality espresso and frothed milk on top. Chai Latte uses the same technique but is made with tea instead.
The Chai is added to a mug and topped with frothed milk, it’s delicious, and you should give it a try. However, like many coffee enthusiasts out there, you can never have enough coffee, so for this recipe of Chai Latte, you are more than welcome to add a nice espresso to it.
What spices are used in this Chai Latte?
The spices that are used in this recipe are all fresh spices. These are the spices that you will need to make this amazing Chai Latte at home:
- Cinnamon sticks
- Star Anise
- Green Cardamon pods
- Black peppercorns
Now I know you might be thinking, black peppercorns? Trust me; this is a delicious spice to incorporate in this tea. The black pepper will give it that slight throat burning sensation that suits this drink really well.
As you can see, these spices are still whole and have not been ground yet. This way, the spices will infuse with the water better and make a stronger tasting Chai.
Can I use ground spices for this recipe?
For this recipe, it is possible to make it with ground spices; however, the tea’s taste will not be the same as using fresh spices.
Most ground spices taste very different from the whole kind. The whole spices leave a nice fragrant “broth” when steeping. The ground spices, on the other hand, give off a much different taste.
I would suggest buying these spices whole and using them for this recipe. Now, I know some of these spices can be hard to find and can be quite expensive. When this happens, you can choose to use the ground version of the spice or leave it out completely.
You can always change out the spices used in this recipe. If you don’t like a certain spice, don’t use it. Enough of me rambling about; lets get started on that recipe:
- Cinnamon sticks (3 pieces)
- Star Anise (3 pieces)
- Green Cardamon pods (15 pieces)
- Gloves (8 pieces)
- Black peppercorns (10 pieces)
- Thinly slices ginger (20 grams)
- Loose leaf black tea (8 grams)
- Brown sugar (10 grams)
- Water (800ml)
- Milk (200ml)
- Additionally, you can add a good espresso to your Chai Latte
- Get yourself a little saucepan, preferably with a handle. Add all of your spices (except the ginger) to your pan.
- Slightly roast your spices for about 2 minutes. Keep swirling them around, so they don't burn on one side.
- Slowly add your water and ginger to the pan. The pan will be very hot, so please be careful with splatters.
- Simmer this mixture for up to 15 minutes until the mixture turns slightly brown.
- Remove the pan from the heat, add your black tea, cover the pan, and let it steep for 10 minutes.
- Now, add your sugar and keep stirring until it's fully dissolved.
- Strain the tea with a fine-mesh strainer, making sure that everything is removed.
- You can now add the tea to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for a later time, or keep it hot on the stove while preparing your milk.
- Froth your milk and grab your favorite mugs.
- Pour the tea into your mugs and top with the frothed milk.
- The only thing left to do is enjoy your Chai Latte!
You can froth your milk using an electric milk frother or add the milk to a heavy-bottomed pan and whisk until fluffy. Either way, you will get a nice fluffy layer of milk.
You can replace the brown sugar by using your favorite sweetener. You can use things like honey and maple syrup to bring the Chai Latte to another level!
Also, you can replace the milk with a milk substitute or use any milk you like (or have at home).
If you don't have access to loose leaf black tea, you can use black tea bags. Use 4 tea bags instead, as they will most likely weigh around 2 grams each. Follow the same steps.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Sugar: 10g
Going in depth with the preparation method
This recipe will be more than enough for 4 servings. Divide the Chai into 4 mugs and add the foamed milk on top. Happy days.
Now that you have read the Chai Latte recipe let me show you how I made the Chai. Follow along with the photos down below to give you an idea of what to look for when you try this Chai Latte recipe at home:
1. Adding your spices to your pan and slightly roasting them:
2. After roasting your spices, add the water and let simmer for about 15 minutes:
3. After 15 minutes of simmering the tea will look like this:
4. Now, add your tea and remove it from the heat. Let the mixture steep for 10 minutes. After the tea has steeped it will look like this:
5. The final step is adding your sweetener to your hot tea. Stir until fully incorporated and strain the mixture:
6. Pour your Chai into a nice glass or mug:
7. Top the Chai of with foamed milk to finish your Chai Latte:
What kind of tea should I use for this recipe?
To make sure you get the best result, loose-leaf black tea will work best. You can buy these tea leaves in a good tea or coffee shop. The quality of these teas is much better than the prepackaged kind.
If you are going to use a good quality loose-leaf tea, you will notice a big difference in quality when comparing it with black tea bags.
If you cannot find any loose-leaf tea near you, you will be able to make this Chai Latte by using prepackaged black teabags. The recipe calls for 8 grams of loose-leaf tea, so you will be fine when using 4 bags of teabags instead, assuming the tea bags weigh 2 grams each.
Black tea is best used for this recipe. You can change this for green tea, but the taste of your Chai Latte will be very different.
Black tea tastes strong and will be able to carry all the spices more easily than green tea. But feel free to try it out and make sure to let me know how it tastes.
This was an amazing recipe to share with you, this Chai Latte tastes fantastic and will taste even better in the fall and winter season. As a coffee lover, I have enjoyed this recipe as well. I have been adding an espresso to the Chai Latte and it tastes amazing.
By adding an espresso to the Chai Latte you create a spicy and strong cup of amazingness. You can also use any other coffee brewing method like a French press for the coffee. I suggest you give this Chai Latte a try, with or without the espresso. You will love it.
If you feel like trying more recipes, you can check out some of my coffee recipes. I’ve listed a few below that might be of interest to you.
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