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Published on September 16th, 2010 | by Jeannie Moulton

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Make Your Own Chai Tea Latte

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Fall is coming, and whether you enjoy the season changes or not, you can start making delicious warm fall drinks  – like a hot cup of chai – now.

Starbucks’ chai tea latte is one of my weaknesses.  The amount of money I have spent on that drink alone could probably have done a lot more good somewhere else.  Luckily for my wallet, it turns out that homemade chai tea is even better…when you know what you are doing.

While living in Oxford, I’ve met a bunch of new people, and one of them made a really good chai tea.  He introduced me to cardamoms, which I had never heard of before, and that is probably why my previous attempts at making chai tea lattes failed.  I immediately went home and experimented with my own spice mixtures.

Here is my favorite one so far…

Chai tea latte

Makes approximately three servings.  You may wish to adjust the spices to your personal taste.  I always end up adding more than this, but I like it really spicy.

Ingredients

  • 6 cardamoms
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 0.5 tbsp ground ginger (more if you want it spicy, fresh ginger may also be used)
  • dash of black pepper (more if you want it spicy)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • About 4 tsp of sugar, or to taste
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 3 cups of soy, almond or cow’s milk
  • 1 cup of water

Steps

  1. Boil water in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add the spices and tea bags.
  3. Cover and let simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and steep for another 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add milk and sugar, return to heat and bring to desired temperature while stirring.  Do not let it boil, or it may scald.  (See alternative directions for a twist.)
  6. Strain out into cups.

Try these alternative steps for a foamy latte without a fancy coffee machine.  All you need is a french press.

  1. Boil water in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add the spices and tea bags.
  3. Cover and let simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Add sugar to the water and spices and stir.
  5. Remove from heat and steep for another 3-5 minutes.
  6. While the spices steep, heat the milk separately.
  7. Transfer the heated milk into a french coffee press.  Move the plunger up and down rapidly and foam will form.
  8. Strain the water and spices mixture out into cups then top with the foamy milk.

Enjoy these with some baked pears or asian pears or with ginger muffins.  Remember to compost your tea bags responsibly.



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About the Author

I spent the last five years earning my PhD in Engineering. I enjoy all types of science and writing, so I am trying out a new career path in science publication and communication. Recently, I have moved to Oxford, England. As an environmentally-conscious person, Oxford is a great place to live...notably there is no car required. I love to talk about vegan cooking, plant-based diets and the benefits of such, so just ask if you are interested. I do ballet for fun and love kitties.



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