Have you ever tried to make your own chai tea? Chai tea is generally a spiced tea that comes from Indian roots and makes use of a variety of spices. You can buy various mixes to make the tea at home, but if you want to go the extra mile, you can learn to make your very own AMAZING chai tea from scratch. Turning this wonderful mixture of spices and tea into chai tea that you can enjoy takes a bit of time, but it’s completely worth it once you put that warm goodness to your lips.
The Right Stuff
Having the highest quality ingredients that you can find is the best way to make sure that your chai latte will come out the best that it possibly can. If you can, you will want to freshly grind all the spices, but if that’s not an option, you can simply buy them in powder form. For the spices, you’ll need the following:
- At least one inch of ginger that will be sliced into coins
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon of finely ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons of clove
- 2 teaspoons of cardamom
- A high-end black tea (set aside 3 tea bags)
- 1 cup of milk
- ¼ cup of brown sugar
Making the Tea Base
In order to make the latte, the tea has to be particularly strong. This is done by steeping the tea in less water than normally required. Boil 1 ½ cups of water and steep the tea until the water turns very dark, then place the liquid back on the stove and heat until it begins to simmer lightly. This would be a good time to add the sugar. Stir it for a minute or two to make sure that the sugar completely dissolves.
Now that the sugar has dissolved into the liquid and the tea is now simmering, you can add the spices, stirring lightly to get full coverage and mix it in properly. After about 3 minutes, add the milk and whisk it for about 2 -3 minutes. Remove the tea from the heat and pour the tea into separate cups.