This perfect chai tea latte with a milky sweetness partnered with the astringent black tea and warm spices that linger between sips is the number one reason you will love this easy drink!
You may love getting a Chai Tea Latte at your local coffee shop or tea specialist, but what if I told you that you could totally make your own right in the comfort of your home?
Making your own chai tea latte at home gives you complete control over the flavours and what you put in your cup.
The result is a creamy cup of black tea that is spiced with cinnamon, black pepper, and ginger, and just the right amount of sweetness.
It is the perfect flavour combination. You will love it so much, you will find yourself skipping the coffee shop chai (or the carton) and come home to make a pot of this at tea time.
How to Make the Perfect Cup of Chai Tea Latte
5–7 cardamon pods 3–4 whole cloves 1–2 star anise 5–7 peppercorns 1 cup water 2–3 slices ginger ( skins ok) ½ cinnamon stick, split lengthwise ( use your fingers to separate) 2 tablespoons black tea, loose leaf 1 cup milk of your choice 2–3 teaspoons caster sugar
Lightly crush cardamon, cloves, star anise and peppercorns, and place in a small pot with 1 cup of water. Add ginger, cinnamon, and black tea. I like to muddle the ginger a bit.
Bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let steep 10 minutes. If you want a stronger flavour, let it steep longer.
Add milk. Bring to a simmer once more, turn off the heat.
Sweeten, taste, strain into a glass.
Top with some froth from milk (directions below on how to froth milk)
What is a Chai Tea Latte?
A chai latte takes the flavours associated with masala chai, a common spiced tea drink found in India and then the flavour is bumped up by adding a milkiness to it with a technique for frothy steamed milk that you find in coffee lattes.
Black tea is made with an Assam or Ceylon tea, but you can also use an English Breakfast as well.
Loose-leaf tea is a higher quality tea and has a much better flavour than the bags you get at the supermarket.
Those supermarket bags can lead to bitter tea. By using loose leaf tea, you will find that your tea has a more sublte and smooth taste.
What spices are best for a Chai Tea Latte?
There are five main essential spices that go into making a delicious cup of warm chai latte.
Green cardamom: Cardamom is one of the most well-rounded spices we know. It’s a little floral in fragrance. It has a very warm bite that gives off a smoky and earthy. element. You cannot leave this spice out when you make a chai latte at home. Be sure to only buy whole pods, rather than seed. Crack them open right before using for the freshest taste.
Cloves: While some might leave cloves out when it comes to making a chai latte, they compliment the other spices used. In fact, it will play so well with the sweetness of cinnamon and the spice of the black pepper.
Cinnamon stick: Cinnamon is one of the sweeter spices used for flavouring chai. Use sticks in the pot. When finished, you can garnish the latte with a touch of ground cinnamon for the perfect finish.
Fresh ginger: Always use fresh ginger in your chai latte. You do not want to use powdered or dried. Fresh adds a nice, fresh spiciness.
Black peppercorns: It may sound weird to add in peppercorns to a tea drink, but by adding the peppercorns, it gives the brew the heat that blooms on the back of our throats and balances the chai’s sweetness.
How to Froth Milk for a Chai Tea Latte
To make the froth for your chai latte, simply warm some milk in a pan on the stove.
To make the foam, put milk in a blender (or in a frother if you have one) and pulse until foam appears.
Top the tea with your milk froth scooped from the top and sprinkle additional nutmeg. Enjoy!