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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve warm and best of all enjoy!