A Chai Tea Recipe That Many Call a Favorite

Do you have a favorite chai tea recipe? Or maybe a chai tea latte recipe? What is all this new interest in chai tea all about? Well. Let’s find out.

Chai (rhymes with tie) is growing in popularity here in the Western world. Many cultures find that amusing as this is a drink that has been a staple of their culture for many years.

chai tea recipeChai is generally from India and although the spices can vary from region to region the most common spices is cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, star anise and even peppercorns.

The sweetness is a necessary component to the chai tea recipe as it contributes to enhance the flavor of the spices. Without the sweetness, the chai tea lacks pizzazz.

While chai is traditionally served hot consistently in other cultures, the Western world has managed to serve chai chilled, frozen, as a milkshake, even as an espresso drink. In fact, you can make your chai with green tea or rooibus, instead of the traditional black tea.

There are as many ways to enjoy chai tea as there are combinations of teas, spices and sweeteners.

The sweeteners used in chai vary as much as the spices and teas. Traditional sweeteners are sugar cane, or sap from coconuts or date trees. Today’s chai tea recipes may include coconut milk, molasses, and sweetened condensed milk, honey, or brown or turbinado sugar.

Did you know that there are Health Benefits to chai tea?

Chai tea not only has the health benefits from the tea you are using, but from the healing attributes of each of the spices you use to make your recipe. You can make a comforting recipe that will not only be tasty, but address a variety of aliments such as digestive problems, colds, allergies and respiratory problems.

Although every recipe tastes different, there are several consistent factors to enjoying a cup of chai. When you make a cup, your home will smell yummy. Drinking chai gives you a sense of well being and the last factor that is consistent is that you will find your self wanting another cup!

How to make chai tea

Simple Chai

3 cups water
1 stick of cinnamon
12 cardomom pods
12 whole cloves
1 1/3 cup milk
4 tsp. brown sugar (or to taste)
6 teaspoons of any loose leaf black tea

Put 1-1/2 cups water in saucepan. Add the cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves and bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the milk and brown sugar and bring to a simmer again. Throw in the tea leaves, cover, and turn off the heat. After 3 minutes, strain the tea into two large cups and serve immediately.

If you want the tea to be stronger, add more tea leaves, do not steep longer as this will cause the release of tannins and make the tea bitter.

Traditional Chai

2 t. grated ginger root
1 t. grated orange peel
1 whole star anise (broken up)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 whole cardamom pod broken
5 whole peppercorns
10 whole cloves
5 c. water
1/4 c Darjeeling
1 t. vanilla
1/4 c organic honey
3 c whole milk

Place a bundle of spices into a bag using cheesecloth, this is called a bouquet garni. Tie it off with a piece of string. Place 5 cups of water into a pan of water and bring to a simmer using low heat. Place the bouquet garni into the pot and keep it on low. Add loose leaf black tea and continue simmering for 5 minutes.

Remove the spices using a spoon. Remove the tea leaves with a strainer.

Stir in the milk, honey and vanilla and serve.

This recipe makes about four 10 ounce servings.

The most important key to making chai tea is to avoid steeping the tea leaves too long. Tannins are released if allowed to over steep. Tannins are what cause bitterness. If you prefer stronger tea, add more tea leaves.

For a more robust flavor, simmer the spices for a longer. Remember, however, to only introduce the tea during the last 5 minutes of simmering.

As I mentioned above, you can vary each of the ingredients—add or subtract spices, substitute the sweetening agent and even the dairy. Try a different type of tea as well. Each change will bring a change in the flavor combination to suit your needs.

Chai latte recipe

A good chai latte recipe consists of your favorite tea and spices mixed with steamed milk from an expresso machine. The milk has that creamy texture and adds a new dimension to the chai. You can find chai lattes anywhere or you can create your favorite recipe at home if you have your own expresso machine. Fresh spices, hot tea and velvety steamed milk and you have the perfect chai latte recipe.

Try these chai tea recipes and indulge yourself today in some fall and winter spiced teas.

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