Chai Tea Latte: Warming chai spices and comforting tea make this beverage perfect for chilly days. Ready in less than 10 minutes!
Why should coffee lovers have all the fun delicious creamy beverages? Tea is also a great drink to warm up with on chilly mornings! Growing up my family always drank more tea than coffee! It is still something I crave when the weather gets cold.A delicious alternative to just plain tea is a Chai tea latte. This perfectly warm and spicy Chai Tea Latte has just the right amount of sweetness. Not a tea fan? Try my eggnog recipe instead!
My favorite part is that no fancy equipment is required, to can make this Chai Tea Latte recipe. We’ll just be using a standard drip coffee maker. If you want even more tea flavor use loose tea or break open the tea bags before placing into the coffee pot.
Paying over 3.00 for a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte, no thank you! Make it cheaper at home! Bonus: You can drink it in your jammies!
What Is a Chai Tea Latte?
A chai tea latte is just tea infused with different spices ,and mixed with warm milk. I used cinnamon, ginger, and all spice. Others like to add black pepper, cloves, or cardamom.
Starbucks’ chai tea latte recipe includes: cardamom,black pepper, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise.
I’m not a fan of cloves, and think cardamom is too expensive. Use what you like, and what you have on hand!
I like using black tea for flavor, but you can use another variety if you wish!
This drink offers the perfect blend of sweetness and spice. It always warms me up on a cold day. In addition, it always makes me feel better when I’m battling a sore throat or a stuffy nose. You can substitute honey for the brown sugar for an even more soothing beverage.
Did you know that Chai is the Indian name for tea? Who would have thought that when you order your Chai tea that you are actually saying tea twice?
How To Make a Chai Tea Latte
The homemade chai tea latte recipe is very simple and delicious. First, take two bags of black tea and put into the filter of your coffee pot. Add one teaspoon of ground cinnamon, one half teaspoon ground ginger, and one quarter teaspoon ground allspice to the tea. Pour two cups of cold water into your coffee pot ,and brew just like you would for your favorite coffee. While your tea is brewing, use a small saucepan to bring one cup whole milk, one quarter cup packed brown sugar, and two tablespoons vanilla coffee creamer to a simmer. You could also heat this up in the microwave if you would like. Next, stir until sugar is completely dissolved ,and then pour milk into two mugs. Finally,stir in the brewed tea. If you’d like, you can top your tea with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
It makes 2 lattes. Share with a friend or drink both yourself, I won’t judge! 😉
This recipe can be adapted to fit your tastes, and dietary needs. Here are some of my favorites! I’d love to know which you like best.
- Skinny Chai Latte Recipe: Watching your calories? No problem! Use non fat milk, fat free whipped cream, and lessen the amount of brown sugar.
- Decaf: Caffeine give you the jitters? Use decaf black tea bags instead! I love enjoying these before bed. So relaxing and comforting.
- Lazy: I feel you! If you don’t cook often, or are not a morning person you may not want to mess around with spices. Here’s an easy fix: substitute chai tea bags instead!
- Dairy Free: Use your favorite non dairy milk , and opt for a coconut whip if desired.
- Chai Cream Frapp: This blended beverage is SO good! Simply add 1 cup of whole milk, ½ cup heavy cream, and 2 cups of ice. Then, blend it up!
- Pumpkin Chai: Add 2-3 tablespoon of pumpkin for a Fall treat. Watch out Pumpkin Spice Latte, you’ve got yourself a rival!
- Dirty Chai Tea Latte: A chai tea latte with 1-2 shots of expresso mixed in in called a dirty chai. Tea of coffee? Now you can have both!
How To Make an Iced Chai Tea Latte
For a special treat: try an iced chai tea latte! Let your tea come to room temperature and add ice before topping with whipped cream. So delicious for hot summer days ,and it tastes 10x better than regular old sweet tea. The frapp version detailed above is also perfect on hot days.
Chai Tea Latte Benefits
Not only is our vanilla chai tea latte delicious, but there are several health benefits associated with its ingredients as well. Cinnamon has many health benefits such as lowering blood sugar levels and reducing the risk of heart disease. Also, ginger can be used to help alleviate pain and stomach ailments. Finally, allspice has been shown to lower blood pressure ,and boost the immune system. So go ahead, enjoy a steaming cup of Chai tea. Not only is it delicious, it’s good for you too! Let’s just pretend the spices cancel out the whole milk shall we? Sounds logical to me! 🙂
Does a Chai Tea Latte Have Coffee?
When I hear latte, I think of coffee, but that isn’t always the case! A Chai Tea Latte does not contain coffee, but it does contain caffeine. In fact, a chai tea latte contains less caffeine than your average cup of coffee.
Chai Tea Latte
Adapted via Taste of Home
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What do you think of this Chai Tea Latte? Are you a tea or coffee kind of person?