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Chai is a type of tea originating in India. It is a spiced black tea with added milk and a sweetener, but it is also much more. Each family had its own recipe and so it is not uncommon to have both sweet and spicy chai from different regions in India. For sweet chai, you might find it spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and sweetened with honey. In a spicy chai, you may well find undertones of cardamom and peppercorns. Drinking chai has been a way of life in India for a long time, and its burst into Western cultures have put chai tea mixes on our grocery store shelves and in people’s homes.
The Chai Tea Latte – Yum!
These days, there is more than just “chai tea” available. There are chai milkshakes and ices, chocolate chai, and more recently, the ever popular chai tea latte. These are special because they are chai tea but they are also lattes, which is a drink that is made of espresso and scalded milk. What’s the difference? Chai usually has milk in it, in fact, the tea and ingredients are usually boiled directly in it skipping the water altogether. However, because of the nature of the latte, the chai is made with the spices and tea, then the milk boiled to a froth and poured on top to mix afterward.
The Tea Perspective Chai Tea Latte Recipe
Below is a delicious and easy recipe for a chai latte that you can make at home. You’re going to need a decent sized sauce pan, at least enough to hold five cups of liquid, and…
the following ingredients:
- 2 cups of water
- 2 ½ cups of milk
- 2 tea bags
- ¼ cup of sugar or 6 packets of Splenda.
- 1/8 teaspoon of ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon of cardamom
- 1 whole clove
- 1 cinnamon stick
Here are the preparation instructions:
- In your saucepan, bring the water, spices and tea to a boil and boil for about five minutes. You may want to have a strainer on hand in case one of the bags breaks open.
- Next, add your sugar, allowing it to dissolve completely before moving on to the next step.
- Add the milk and bring the mixture back to a boil. NOTE: This won’t take that long, and be careful, because milk scalds quickly, boils over fast, and is a nasty mess to clean up. As soon as the milk comes to a boil, turn it off – it’s ready.
- Strain and enjoy!
- You can either serve this hot in cups like coffee or over ice.
Delicious and simple! Of course, you don’t even have to really have a recipe for chai tea to enjoy it – many tea companies make chai mixes that you can buy in the stores and make instantly at home instead of brewing the tea and adding the spices. To make a chai latte with these, just make the tea according to the instructions on the box and then you can boil the milk yourself and add it to the steeped tea to make your own instant chai tea latte.