Cozy Vanilla Chai Tea Latte

Cozy Vanilla Chai Tea Latte

Cozy up and get ready for fall with this homemade chai tea latte recipe! This spicy, warming is great any time of the year, but is especially reminiscent of a chill, autumn evening. Sit back and relax with a warm, rich drink spiced with cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 Darjeeling Blend tea bags (any type of black tea will work)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 4-1½ inch slices of fresh ginger (using a vegetable peeler) optional! This produces a sharper bite.
  • 1-2 inch cinnamon stick or ½ teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 4 whole cloves, or roughly ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon powdered cardamom
  • 1-6 inch vanilla bean, cut into 1 inch pieces (or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste)
  • A dash of nutmeg
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of sugar
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup (to taste)
  • 2 cups milk

 

Directions:

  1. Bring two cups of water to a gentle boil, and toss in the tea bags. Separately, combine all of the spices, ginger, vanilla bean and sugar into a bowl and then toss into the boiling mixture.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add milk and return to a boil. Remove from heat.
  3. Placing a coffee filter or layered cheesecloth in a fine mesh sieve, slowly pour the hot chai over the filter, straining out all of the debris.  Use a spoon to allow the chai to strain completely through the spices.
  4. Serve immediately in a mug, or cold over ice.
  5. To rewarm, place in a milk frother to heat, or warm on the stovetop. Refrigerate any leftovers for up to 5 days.
  6. Cozy up and enjoy!

 

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