Do you love Chai Tea? My easy chai tea latte recipe is just what you need for those days at home or to take to go at a fraction of the cost of the shop.
The first time I ever had chai, I was on a family trip to Olympia, Washington, USA to visit my older sister, who lived there. We were traveling from Michigan to the Pacific Northwest and back in an RV and it was the trip of a lifetime!
We took a side trip to Seattle. For dinner, we stopped at an authentic Indian restaurant, which was stationed in a large converted historic-era old home. The eclectic furniture and tableware filled the nooks and crannies of the former parlor, formal dining room, library, and covered porch. After the amazing spicy Indian meal. This called for a warm finish.
I ordered a chai tea latte and I was forever in love.
I savored the richness of the spices, the warmth of the brew, and the creaminess of the steamed milk. It took years for me to duplicate that experience at another establishment. Either the blend of spices was not quite right or the flavor was weak. Most of the time, it was too sweet (and/or obviously made from concentrate or syrup mix).
Oh no! I had become a chai snob.
If nothing can come from being a homebody these days, this easy chai tea recipe at home will be the redemption of it. Come along.
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Easy Chai Tea Recipe at Home
What you will need:
Two large mugs
One cup whole milk
Chai tea bag (I like Tazo brand)
One cup of water, boiling
A teaspoon of honey (or more to taste)
Half and Half or cream, optional and to taste
Open tea bag and put it in one mug. Then set the water to boil.
When the water comes to a boil, pour it over the teabag in the first mug. Let steep for 4 minutes.
Add milk and honey in the other mug.
Cook the milk for one minute in the microwave, take out, and froth with the whisk. Repeat until you have the desired frothiness.
When the tea and milk are ready, with a teaspoon squeeze the tea bag, and take it out.
Gently pour the frothy milk over the brewed tea.
I know this is so simple, but once I realized that I could relive that moment in that Seattle Indian parlor, I was overjoyed. It really is the simple things, isn’t it?
What do you like to have your chai with? I think toast, snickerdoodle, shortbread, or naan?
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