Chai Latte – Because It’s Getting Cold Outside
When it’s cold outside, what drink are you holding? I’m holding a chai latte, or just chai, which means tea. My friend who taught me this recipe told me to stop saying “chai tea” because its like saying “tea tea.” Saying “chai latte” is still super Americanized, but its better than saying “chai tea.”
So, what is chai? According to google, it is a type of Indian tea. My friend who taught me this recipe says that it is a type of African tea, hence the “masala chai.” Ultimately, it is a beautifully spiced milk tea that wakes you up and soothes you at the same time. It can also be served on ice, but when it’s cold outside, a fresh, hot chai latte is the perfect drink to keep you warm.
Chai Latte Recipe
Ingredients (serves 2):
- 3 cups of milk
- 2 single serving bags black tea
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or 1/2 tablespoon of dried ginger
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Small – Medium saucepan/pot
- Measuring Spoons
- Tea pot or large cup that can store warm-hot liquids
- Mesh strainer
- Tea cups
How to make it:
In a small or medium sized pot, add the milk, ginger, tea bags (remove any tags that are attached to the bag). Turn the heat on low-medium. Do not add your sugar, yet.
Let the ingredients slowly heat up. Always keep an eye on it, stirring it often. This is not a recipe that you can leave the kitchen and come back to. Once the milk starts to heat & rise up and after it turn a light tan color (because of the tea and the ginger), add your sugar and continue to stir. If at any time it looks like your mixture is going to boil over, remove it from the heat and turn the temperature down. Let the mixture reduce before placing it back over the heat. Overall, this process could take between about 15 minutes, when done right. Boiling your milk over high heat will cause it to burn, so be patient and let it cook over the recommended medium-low heat.
In the sink, place your mesh liquid strainer over your large cup. Carefully pour your mixture into the strainer above the cup. It will catch the tea bag, ginger pieces/particles, and the milk film and build-up. After a taste test, if you feel the need, you can add more sugar to taste.
Serve. Sip. Share.
If you’re sharing your chai with someone else, it makes it all the more better! If not, store it in the refrigerator for no more than 1 day. Reheat it in the microwave when you’re ready for your second cup of chai.