How to make homemade chai latte (‘winter’s coming’ edition)

So after yesterday’s mixed berry chocolate chip cookie goodness, today I decided we needed to kick off winter with a new hot drink. (The sky agreed because it’s dark and grey and I’m pretty sure we heard thunder.)

In the past we did a ghetto chai latte with a chai tea bag and some warm milk. But I’ve grown up since then.

Presenting… my first totally homemade chai latte!

If you want a more detailed shpiel, check this: How to make chai latte, step by step

The whole thing took about ten minutes. My quick recipe, with a couple modifications:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tea bags (I used black tea)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 clove
  • 1/4-1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/4-1/8 tsp cardamon (I didn’t have this but it was still tasty)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (note: I did this as per the original recipe, but it ended up too sweet for me… next time I’d do half the sugar)
  • 2.5 cups milk

In a small pot, I added the water and spices and boiled for five minutes. I actually included the sugar in that step but the original recipe says to add it after (oops). Then the milk, and then it all happens fast so stay on top of it.

We used a French press to clean the tea so that the extra bits of spice stay out of the end drink.

It made four tea cups worth, which was enough for the whole fam. Kid-friendly process and they loved drinking it, too.

Ok, winter, we’re ready.

 

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