Chai is the Indian word for tea, which is what Chai Latte is made from. Chai spices are typically cloves, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and pepper. Chai originated in Southern Asia but has recently been growing in popularity in the US and Canada. Chai is traditionally made from black tea, milk, sugar, and spices. Chai Latte can be enjoyed hot or cold depending on your preference. Chai is a great alternative to coffee if you’re trying to branch out from the everyday cup of Joe. Chai recipes have no exact measurements which makes Chai Latte a little different than most drinks when learning how to make Chai Latte like a pro.
Chai Recipes usually include:
- milk- substitute coconut, soy, or rice milk for a vegan version
- water – boiling water for black tea [the chai spices will steep into the water]
- spices – including whole cloves, ginger slices, cardamom pods [seeds and all], cinnamon sticks, and black peppercorns
- sugar – substitute with honey, stevia, or agave
- milk frother
Chai Recipes vary depending on the region they’re made in. Chai is typically made from black tea but Chai Latte can be served hot or cold so feel free to get creative!
Chai Latte recipe:
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cup strongly brewed black tea [or 1 chai bag]
- 3/4 cup milk [dairy or non-dairy]
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
In a small saucepan over medium heat add your water. Add your black tea bag and bring to a boil for 4 minutes. Reduce heat and let Chai steep for an additional 4 minutes. Remove black tea bag and pour Chai into blender pitcher or glass jar. Add the rest of your ingredients to the Chai mixture in the pitcher. Blend Chai with milk frother until smooth, about 1 minute depending on the power of your blender/milk frother. Chai Latte can be served cold or hot. Chai tastes great with a hint of cinnamon and a splash of soy, almond, or coconut milk for a creamy Chai drink with the perfect amount of sweetness!
Q: What is on a chai latte?
A: Chai Latte recipe typically includes Chai spices, milk, and sugar. Chai recipes have no exact measurements so the spices can vary depending on the Chai Latte maker.
Q: Are chai lattes good for you?
A: Chai is a great alternative to coffee and Chai spices promote good health. Chai Latte recipes can be vegan/dairy-free by substituting milk and using honey/agave as a sweetener.
Q: What is the difference between a latte and a chai latte?
A: Chai Lattes are more common than Chai tea. Chai tea is typically a tea from India that uses Chai spices as opposed to Chai lattes that use Chai spices and milk.
Q: Is chai latte healthier than coffee?
A: Chai Latte recipes are a great iced or hot beverage that can be topped with whipped cream for added flavor. Chai spices promote good health, Chai lattes do not have the same caffeine content as coffee (if you’re looking to drink less caffeine this is a perfect option). Chai Lattes will vary in sugar content depending on the Chai Latte maker, Chai lattes are lower in sugar than coffee due to the addition of milk. Chai lattes will provide you with more than just caffeine, Chai Latte recipes are loaded with Chai spices that can promote good health.