Fall time is the perfect time for this Chai Tea Latte! This creamy beverage combines aromatic flavors of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and orange for a slightly sweet and super savory sipping experience! (Say that five times fast!) You can enjoy this latte hot or iced, but for this recipe we make the hot version. If you are making the hot version like us, leave yourself about 30 minutes to make this tea. Equipment wise, you will need a stove or cook top for this one. You will also need a sieve or strainer to strain the ginger pieces. We pour our lovely Chai Tea Lattes into our Healthy Human 20 oz Orange Sherbert & Mojito Cruisers.
As far as simplicity goes, this Chai tea is easy peasy! Just combine water, fresh chopped unpeeled ginger, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, freshly ground nutmeg, black peppercorns, unpeeled orange and honey (we recommend raw, local honey) into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once your saucepan of deliciousness reaches a boil, lower to a simmer over low heat and let it blend those lovely flavors in harmony for about 15 minutes or so. It’s going to smell SOO good in your home, so you’re welcome!
Take the pan off the heat and add in your tea bags and let them steep for about 5 minutes. This is when the strainer comes in so you’re not choking on ginger pieces ☺. Pour your tea through a strainer and into your container of choice. Now add milk. If you are dairy-free, you can use a plant-based milk like hemp milk, almond milk or cashew milk. Just note that your latte may not be as thick and creamy in this case. You can refrigerate your tea for up to two weeks to enjoy morning after morning! It’s the perfect grumpy morning remedy. Instead of using nutmeg, you can always try cardamom for a spicier kick. Many chai drinkers also like the licorice taste of star anise while sipping, so you can always add that in if you are feeling like experimenting.
Did you know that the discovery of Chai Tea dates back thousands and thousands of years? The folklore surrounding Chai dates back to between 5,000 and 9,000 years ago to an ancient royal court – either India or Siam. Nobody seems to know for sure. It was said that the reigning king created the recipe as a healing Ayurvedic beverage! It was served both hot and cold to serve as a remedy for common ailments. Who would’ve thought?
Spices can be very pricey, so don’t break the bank just trying to make this Chai Tea Latte! If you think this could be a regular staple in your home, try bulk sections in your local health food store. A lot of health food stores have bulk sections for spices and teas where you can get a good deal. You could also try Asian or Indian grocery stores or markets. They usually carry spices for a lot less expensive than your regular grocery store.
If you are looking for a breakfast idea to go with this Chai Tea Latte, check out our Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats!
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5 c water
¼ c chopped, unpeeled fresh ginger
2 large cinnamon sticks
½ tsp ground cloves or 3 whole
½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
3 black peppercorns
1″ slice unpeeled orange
4 black tea bags
¼ c honey or to taste
whole milk (as desired for lattes) ** We used Almond Milk
Place water, ginger, spices, and orange in saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and add tea bags. Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
Pour tea through a mesh strainer into a spouted bowl and stir honey into tea.
Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Add milk to tea (about 1 part milk, to 2 parts tea) and heat or serve iced.
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20 oz Cruisers in Orange Sherbert & Mojito
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