What you will need

To make some Chai Tea:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp of black loose tea leaves and/or 2 black tea bags
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger, shredded
  • ½ tsp cardamom – you can use the fresh pods crushed with the back of your spoon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup (can use guava nectar)

To make a Chai Latte:

  • ½ cup chai tea (recipe above)
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (can use honey)
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. To make the tea: In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Whisk the spices in the water. Once the water reaches a boil, turn off the heat and allow the spices to steep in the water for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, turn the heat back on and add the loose tea or black tea bags and maple syrup. Return to a slight boil (the goal is a hot liquid for steeping). Once boiling, turn off the heat. Allow the loose tea or tea bags to steep in the water and spices for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags or strain the tea through a fine mesh sieve. Reserve ½ cup of chai tea for the latte. Store the rest of the chai tea in the fridge in a sealed tight container for up to two weeks for freshness.
  2. To make the latte: In a medium-size saucepan, bring the milk, maple syrup, and a pinch of cinnamon to a slight boil (the sides of the milk will begin to bubble), stir often. Once the sides of the milk begin to bubble, remove the pan from heat. Using a two speed hand blender or a milk frother blend the milk until it’s frothy.
  3. Pour ½ cup of chai tea in a mug. Slowly add the warm, frothy milk to the tea. Sprinkle the top of the chai latte with an extra pinch of cinnamon, if desired.
  4. Serve warm and best of all enjoy!
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