Easy Chai Tea Latte

Chai Tea Latte @themerrythought
Happy first day of spring! When I realized that today was the official first day of spring and I was doing a post on hot tea, I thought about quickly trying to throw together a more spring-ish post…but I only need to glance out my window at the snowflakes coming down and know a cup of chai is exactly what’s still needed around here!  We have weeks left before we can even begin to hope that maybe we’re done with snow and winter-like weather.
Chai Tea Latte @themerrythought
I can still remember the first time I ever tried masala chai. I was about 15 and I was in a pop-up camper at a music festival. My friend’s mom made some for us in a pan on the little camper stove and I thought it was so delicious. Now, every night my Michael makes me a cup of spiced chai. And even though I definitely prefer coffee over tea, lately I just can’t seem to get enough chai lattes. I’ve been scheming up ways to stop by a local cafe that serves one of my favorite chai lattes.  I’ve also been wanting to try to make my own masala chai, but after pricing cardamom ($13 a bottle!), I thought I’d wait till I can make a trip to a store not too far from here where I can buy spices in bulk for pretty cheap.  So, in the meantime, Mike came up with a quick and easy (and cheap!) way for me to get my chai latte fix right at home!  This version is not super sweet, like the chai lattes I get at coffee shops, but you can definitely make it sweeter by adding more sugar.  And I think it would be good with a little dash of vanilla creamer mixed in to make it a vanilla chai latte.  You also need a milk frotheror steamer for this (or try this method for getting milk foam without a machine).
Chai Tea Latte @themerrythought
Easy Chai Tea Latte
(makes one mug of tea)

1 chai tea bag (I use Bigelow Spiced Chai Black Tea)
1/3 cup milk
3 tablespoons half & half*
1 tsp. sugar (more or less to taste)
milk frother (we use this one)

Boil water. Place tea bag in mug. Pour hot water over tea bag, filling about 2/3 full. Let steep for 4-5 minutes. Meanwhile, place milk and half & half in microwavable glass, add sugar. Heat 30-60 seconds in the microwave (or until hot). Use frother to froth milk. Remove tea bag from mug, add milk. Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon if desired.
*Try using vanilla creamer in place of the half & half for a vanilla chai latte…
Chai Tea Latte @themerrythought
Here’s to still more evenings spent with a pile of cozy blankets and a mug of tea, hoping spring might come eventually…

-Manda

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  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 7:56 pm

    colleenpastoor - I love to make Chai Tea Vanilla Mistos- which is basically this but with a shot of vanilla instead of sugar… just like a london fog, but a different tea bag. I’ll have to try this when I run out of my vanilla syrup!ReplyCancel

    • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 9:13 am

      Manda - That sounds so good, I’ll have to try that sometime!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 4:02 am

    FarZain - Hi Manda.. Have bookmarked your recipe… good one… Here in India you get many varieties… Ginger chai, masala chai, cardamom chai, mint chai, saffron chai…

    Do stop by my post , to have a look at what my hubby dear whips up for me every morning..
    http://colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae/2014/04/the-perfect-cup-of-cha.htmlReplyCancel

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