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Simple Chai Latte

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Simple Chai Latte Recipe

by Naomi Rosen

I am always looking for a new way to enjoy my favorite teas.  Not that I could ever get tired of them, I just love to explore new options.  Latte's are hardly a new thing but I have never really been a huge latte drinker.  That said, I have been asked via Facebook and email, by 4 different people, for latte recipes this week.  What the masses want....the masses get. Below is a simple Chai Latte recipe that I like to use.  Because everyone's tastebuds are different, you can tweak and change this recipe as needed.  I doubt your tastebuds would tell me!

Chai Latte

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond milk w/ vanilla but you can use whatever tickles your fancy)
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 cup sugar (Stevia, splenda, agave, honey will all work just fine and this will likely need to be adjusted to fit your individual taste.)
  • 2 tsps. black tea

***Optional 1/8 tsp. nutmeg, cardamom, all spice, black peppercorns, ginger

 

Directions

  1. Combine milk, water, cinnamon, clove and vanilla in a saucepan and bring to just under a boil.
  2. Add sweetener and mix well until it is incorporated.  Remove pan from heat.
  3. Add the tea to the liquid mixture and allow to steep for 5 minutes.  (You can place the tea in a bag if it is loose, but I just put mine right into the pan and strained it when I poured it into my cup.)
  4. Voila!  Pour latte into cup and grab a book!
A note about my tea choice!  I used the Joy's Teaspoon English Breakfast...a strong, bold black tea blend.  Any strong black tea will do well in this recipe.  Some other excellent options include: Khongea Assam, American ChaiGlenburn Darjeeling Second Flush.  I've tried this same recipe with a number of flavored rooibos blends as well.  Choose your favorite loose black tea or rooibos and toy with the countless flavor profiles you can create! A fan of the tea latte?  Got a secret ingredient?  Tell us what you do to make your favorite drink!!


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