January 31, 2011
This week I thought we would take a break from the espresso, and share a recipe for the tea drinkers: the creamy, chai latte. While this method of making a chai may be a little unorthodox, one of the points of this series is to save a little money and make drinks at home, using what you hopefully already have.
1 cup of water
3 tsp darjeeling tea (or experiment – whatever you have handy!)
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp ground ginger
10 whole cloves
1 orange peel
1/4 cup honey
1 cup of milk (regular or soy)
Additional ingredients for more spice (optional)
2 tsp crushed black peppercorns
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
6 anise stars
Place the tea leaves, cinnamon sticks, ginger, cloves, orange peel, and optional ingredients in a paper-lined filter basket of a drip coffee maker. Run 1 cup of water through. Use your coffee pot, or a tea pot if your coffee pot is currently occupied (like mine was!).
Split the honey into the bottom of two empty mugs. After tea has brewed, pour in the mugs, and stir.
Steam 1 cup of milk or soy milk with a wand, or simply heat in a pot on your stove. Pour into mugs, top off with the foam, and drizzle with a little honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Too many ingredients for your taste? Try this simple method with chai tea bags from BigelowTea.com:
For every 8 oz serving, place 1 chai tea bag, 3/4 cup of water, and 1/4 cup of milk in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil, lower heat, and simmer for 2-4 minutes. Pour into cups and sweeten with sugar or honey.
Ashley has been coffee-crazy since college when her husband bought her an espresso machine for Christmas. Armed with a pot of dark roast, she spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her self-titled Etsy shop.