A warm cup of chai latte will warm you up right away in this cool weather. The fragrant spices will make you home smell heavenly. This latte also goes well with some scones if you have any.
This by no way is an authentic way to make chai latte, but it is my twist on it. I did some research before making this (a.k.a. I watched some videos), and learnt that chai latte is also called masala tea. Masala tea originated from India and masala means a mixture of spices and tea is for the black tea in the drink. In my recipe I tried to use as many spices (not in powdered form) as I can because the flavours are better, but you can substitute in the powdered form of the spices. The whole milk in this recipe is easily substitutable for almond milk or soy milk making it vegan friendly. For the sweetener of this drink you can use agave, maple syrup, granulated sugar, or even xylitol (if you’re on keto) instead of honey.
- 2 cups whole milk (you can also use almond or soy milk)
- 1/4 cup loose black
- 1 cinnamon stick (1 tbsp powdered cinnamon)
- 1 thumb sized ginger, sliced (1 tsp powdered ginger)
- 4 cardamom seeds (1 tsp ground cardamom)
- 6 black peppercorns
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 honey
- Place the peppercorns and cardamom seeds into a mortar and pestle and crush them. They don’t need to be super fine, if you ground them too fine, they might slip into your drink when you strain the tea.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, add in your cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, peppercorns and milk. Let this mixture come to a boil, careful to not let it overflow, then add in your black tea leaves. Stir in your tea leaves, then turn off the heat and place the lid on the pot. Let the tea steep for five minutes. The longer you steep it for, the stronger the tea.
- Get a fine mesh strainer and strain out all the tea leaves and spices, this makes your drink super smooth. Now there are many ways in which you can froth up your drink. You can use a milk frother, an immersion blender, or stream the tea from one cup to another. I chose to use my hand-held mixer and I whipped it on high for a minute.
- To serve, just pour your drink into cups and make sure to spoon on some foam. You can enjoy it like this, but if you want it to look fancy, sprinkle some cinnamon on top. This drink can also be served cold. Just refrigerate the drink and serve with ice cubes and whipped cream