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.
- 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
- 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.
- Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add milk and return to a boil. Remove from heat.
- 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.
- Serve immediately in a mug, or cold over ice.
- To rewarm, place in a milk frother to heat, or warm on the stovetop. Refrigerate any leftovers for up to 5 days.
- Cozy up and enjoy!