Chai lattes are a delicious treat any time of the year, but especially during the fall and winter seasons! A common misconception is that you have to buy your chai at the local coffee shop (or Starbucks), when it's totally possible to make at home! Do you want to start making your own chai tea lattes? No problem.
We've put together a handy guide with step-by-step instructions for brewing a chai latte of your own. It's got both tips for making the latte, and recommendations for all the gadgets you'll need to perfect your recipe. So keep scrolling down, and check out our chai tea latte guide. You'll be sipping from a cup filled with delectable chai in no time at all!
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First, let’s go through everything you’ll need.
For brewing the chai, you’ll need two black tea bags, two cups of water, two whole cloves, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1/2 tsp ground cardamom, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ground allspice, and 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup.
Pour the water and spices into the saucepan and bring them to a boil, whisking the spices in the water. After the water reaches a boil, turn off the heat and let the spices steep for 5 minutes.
After five minutes pass, turn the heat on again and add the black tea bags and maple syrup, allowing the water to return to a slight boil (basically, your standard heat for steeping tea).
Time to let the chai steep.
After a light boil is reached, turn the heat off again. Let the tea bags steep in the water and spices for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, strain the tea through your strainer, reserving 1/2 cup of the chai for your present latte—you can store the rest in your fridge for up to two weeks!
Grab another medium saucepan.
For the latte, you’ll need 3/4 cup whole milk, 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup, and a pinch of ground cinnamon.
Combine all ingredients in the saucepan.
Bring the milk, syrup, and cinnamon to a slight boil, stirring the mixture often. You can remove the pan from the heat once you see the sides of the milk begin to bubble.
With this, you can next blend the milk until it’s nice and frothy, for a perfect homemade latte.
Pour that 1/2 cup of chai that you set aside earlier into the mug. Then, slowly add the warm and frothy milk to the tea.
Polish and enjoy!
Add another pinch of cinnamon to the top of the latte, if you like, and then drink up!