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Chai Tea Latte Recipe and Other Chai Tea Recipes to Soothe the Soul

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An Introduction To Chai Tea

Chai tea is my favorite tea of all. The tea is known as masala chai, literally meaning “mixed spice tea” in Hindi. Traditionally, the tea is created using strong black tea, such as Assam, and a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs, including ground ginger, cardamom pods, cinnamon, star anise and cloves. If you are wondering, chai tea does in fact contain caffeine from the black tea component. However, the caffeine content is typically roughly one third that of coffee’s caffeine amount.

I like chai tea because it’s rich, spicy and can be served in a number of different ways. This aromatic can be soothing and comforting on chilly winter nights, when you want to curl up on your couch with a blanket and watch TV or read a book. It can also be refreshing and reinvigorating on a hot summer’s day.

Chai Tea Latte Is So Easy To Make!

I used to solely purchase my chai lattes at coffee shops, thinking that I couldn’t recreate such a thing myself at home. I mean, fancy coffee shops are so much more professional than me at this stuff! (Yes, I sigh at my way of thinking then.) Of course, this bad habit was really eating into my wallet. Even ordering a small chai latte, which was charged as a “premium” special drink, would cost much more than buying the same ingredients at the supermarket and making a jug of the same thing myself.

Eventually, I decided to try making chai tea recipes at home. With a bit of tweaking, I got it to taste just how I liked it. I look back now at the times I ordered the drink outside at a local coffee shop and thought I couldn’t do it at home, and then I shake my head. Looking back, the chai lattes were way too sweet! They were all sugary, with little of the chai taste and spices. For example, a grande (16 oz) iced chai latte containing 2% milk at Starbucks is 240 calories, with 4 grams of fat and 42 grams of sugar, equating to 6% and 15% daily values of a daily diet, respectively. Yikes! Now when you make it at home, you can adjust the flavors to your liking.

The chai recipes below use tea bags, although you can feel free to use your own recipe using raw ingredients. The ingredients are likely to be found at your local Asian store. Having tried many different brands of chai tea, my personal favorite is Tea India Masala Chai. To me, this brand provides complex spice flavors without being too overwhelming.

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Rich Hot Chai Latte with A Simple Touch

This is my go to tea when it’s cold outside and I’ve had a long day. I just want to sit, relax, and use my computer or watch TV with something comforting to warm me up.

 

Ingredients:

1 bag of chai tea

Water

A dollop of whipped cream

Sugar (or sugar substitute)

Milk

Cinnamon

 

Directions:

  1. Steep chai tea according to directions, leaving some room at the top for milk later.
  2. Add milk to top up the tea and a teaspoon of sugar (more or less according to preference). Stir.
  3. Use whipped cream and place on top of tea. I like to shake a can of whipped cream and spray it in a swirl on top for a professional, finished look.
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.

 

Variation: In place of cinnamon, try nutmeg for a spicier flavor.

Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced chai tea lattes are perfect for summer. They help to calm my body down from the heat outdoors and refresh my taste buds. You can make extra in advance and store it in the fridge for another day.

 

Ingredients:

1 bag of chai tea

Water

Sugar (or sugar substitute)

Milk

Cinnamon

Ice

 

Directions:

  1. Steep chai tea according to directions, filling only ¼ of the cup with hot water. Don’t worry; we’ll fill up the rest of the cup later!
  2. Add two teaspoons of sugar (or more less according to preference). Keep in mind that you’ll have to add a bit more sugar for a cold drink. Stir.
  3. Fill cup with ice halfway up the glass.
  4. Pour cold or room temperature water to the ice level, and then add milk to fill up the glass.
  5. Add cinnamon. Stir.

 

Variation: In addition to cinnamon, you can also add nutmeg as a complementary flavor.

Chocolate Chai Latte

Think of chocolate chai latte as a richer and heavier cousin to the traditional non-chocolate version. It’s perfect for those times when you want to drink some hot chocolate, but nothing quite as heavy as the drink itself. The chai spices create an interesting variation to the traditional hot chocolate.

 

Ingredients:

1 bag of chai tea

Water

Sugar (or other sugar substitute)

Hot chocolate mix

Milk

Optional: whipped cream

 

Directions:

  1. Steep chai tea according to directions, filling only ½ of the cup with hot water. In another cup, pour in half a serving of hot chocolate mix and stir in warm milk, filling only ½ of the cup.
  2. Pour chai tea into hot chocolate. Add ½ a teaspoon of sugar (more or less according to preference) to beverage. Stir.
  3. For added, richness, top beverage with whipped cream.

Java Chai Latte

Perhaps you’ve just woken up or gotten into your office, or feel yourself slipping into a mid-afternoon slumber. Nevertheless, you need something to perk yourself up. Java chai tea latte is for those times when you need a bit of added energy, but with an added twist. There’s not as much caffeine as a regular cup of coffee, but enough to give you a small boost in your day.

 

Ingredients:

 

1 bag of chai tea

Water

Coffee mix

Sugar (or other sugar substitute)

Milk

 

Directions:

  1. Steep chai tea according to directions.
  2. Add coffee mix to chai tea so that there are equal flavors of chai and coffee.
  3. Add milk and a teaspoon of sugar (more or less according to preference) to beverage. Stir.

 

Chai tea has rich flavors that complement other foods and enhance their flavor. It goes great with over strong flavors such as pumpkin, vanilla and ginger. I hope you enjoy making these recipes, and perhaps you can use them as a springboard for your own creativity. Enjoy!

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