As the temperature drops, one of the best ways to warm up is with a warm, cozy drink. A nice hot cup helps to warm your hands while the liquid warms you from the inside out! Perfect for this time of year! And, when the temps start going up again, just add ice and you have an iced chai tea latte. The spices are perfectly blended in this chai mix, and the sweetness can be adjusted to your liking. Next time I make this, I want to try it with eggnog… I absolutely love the chai eggnog lattes from Starbucks! So cozy on up with a delicious chai tea latte!
3 tablespoons sugar
8 cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
1 one-inch slice fresh ginger, peeled
5 whole cloves
4 whole black peppercorns
2 black teabags
2 cups water
½ tablespoon honey
3 cups milk
To make chai tea concentrate: Combine all ingredients except the honey and milk in a small saucepan. Add water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the teabags, squeezing out any liquid and steep the spices for another 15 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, removing all the spices. Add honey and stir; adjust sweetness by taste. Cool completely and store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.
To make chai tea latte: In a small saucepan or a microwave safe cup, combine 6 tablespoons chai tea concentrate with ¾ cup milk; heat and serve.
Source: Adapted from Janae Monir