8.20.2013

Simple Chai Latte


It is in no way even close to being chai latte season here in Texas.  Maybe iced chai latte season, but its definitely not the season for spicy hot drinks.  Saying that, sometimes cravings make no sense, and sometimes you bought some of you favorite tea at whole foods this past weekend and you want some NOW.  

I'm no chai latte expert like some people out there, but this is how I make my tea, and let me assure you it is absolutely delicious.  Especially if you spring for a good quality loose leaf chai tea.  My favorite tea comes from Zhi Tea based out of Austin.  Their ingredients must be fresher than other brands because when I make a cup, the result is a stronger more full taste.  Another cool thing about Zhi is their flavor combos.  The chai I used is cacao chai, but they also make coconut chai, masala chai, and a decaf kenya chai (I've never tried any of these but they sound awesome right!?)  Well, here is how I make my tea. 



Chai Tea: 1 tea bag or enough to make one cup based on your tea's steeping directions
Water
1tbsp sugar
Milk (soy, almond, cow, goat... whatever you have on hand)


1. Bring water to a boil in a kettle or saucepan.  Boil enough water to fill 12 oz mug.  Follow your tea manufacturer's directions for measuring tea leaves for infuser, or just put one tea bag in a mug.  Pour water over your tea leaves, enough to fill the mug 3/4 of the way full.  Follow manufacturer's directions for steeping time.

2. After your tea is through steeping, remove tea bag or infuser.  Stir in enough milk to fill the rest of the mug and add in the tbsp sugar.

3.  That's it!  I'm a big fan of lukewarm beverages, so the cold milk is a nice addition for me.  If you like your latte's really hot, pop your finished latte in the microwave for a few minutes, or heat the milk before adding. 




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