How to Make Chai Tea Latte

By Serena Styles

In many languages, "chai" simply refers to tea, but in India, chai is a blend of milk, tea, spices and sweetener. This beverage is generally called a chai tea latte in American cafes and restaurants. If you enjoy this creamy, spiced tea, you can easily make it at home with basic ingredients.

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Step 1

Place a saucepan over medium heat and add a cup of water for each chai tea latte you're preparing.

Step 2

Stir in a few pinches of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg -- and other spices if you wish -- with the water. Continue stirring the liquid until it comes to a boil.

Step 3

Boil the water for up to 10 minutes; the longer you allow it to boil, the more powerful the flavor of the spices and tea will become.

Step 4

Remove the saucepan from the heat and add a teabag containing strong, black tea for each latte you're preparing. Let the tea steep for 5 to 10 minutes, depending how strong you would like the chai, and then discard the teabags.

Step 5

Add honey, brown sugar or your choice of sweetener to taste -- you can always add more after serving the latte. Stir in a splash of vanilla extract with the sweetener if you would like to add richer flavor to your latte.

Step 6

Slowly pour milk into the saucepan of tea, stirring the entire time to prevent curdling. Add between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of milk per latte.

Step 7

Pour the chai tea latte mixture into mugs carefully, and serve it immediately. Add more spices, sweetener or milk after serving the chai tea latte if desired.