I’ve been drinking a ton of chai lately!
Actually, let me rephrase that for you.
I’ve been spending a lot of money on chai lattes lately!
My acupuncturist tells me I need to include more “warming” spices in my diet like cinnamon and ginger. I took that as an excuse to treat myself to chai lattes every day at Peet’s. Then, yesterday when I was in my black stretchy pants and too lazy to drive the mile and a half when a craving hit, I decided to take matters in my own hands.
Homemade chai really is super simple to make and will give you immense satisfaction (more-so than charging lattes on your credit card every day since who really carries cash anymore?).
If you’re reading this and smirking because “it’s not really a latte without foamed milk” then…..duh. But I don’t have a milk foaming thingamagig so I’m doing what I can.
You could also double the recipe below and then before you add the milk and sugar (after you strain), stick the tea in the fridge. It’ll last a couple weeks there and then all you have to do when a chai craving hits is simply remove the tea from the fridge, pour it in a mug, heat up and then add milk and sugar.
Totally quicker than going to Peet’s.
Peet’s? I still love you by the way. And your cranberry apple bran muffins.
Homemade Chai Lattes
2 whole black peppercorns
3 green cardamom pods, gently smashed with side of knife (available at Whole Foods)
3 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thin
1 vanilla bean, scraped and seeds reserved
1 T black tea, preferably Assam (you could also tear open a tea bag)
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup milk
1 T sugar or honey
Combine peppercorns, smashed cardamom pods, cloves, ginger, vanilla bean and seeds and cinnamon stick with the water in a small pot. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer for five minutes. After five minutes, take off the stove (but keep covered) and let steep for 10 minutes, then add the tea and continue to steep for another five minutes.
Pour tea through a fine mesh strainer (I use a sifter) and then add milk and sugar/honey. Warm up if necessary.