In autumn, it's wonderful to embrace teas that complement the season's characteristics and provide comfort as the weather cools down. We would like to share recipe for "Homemade Chai Latte" using our loose-leaf black tea.
Chai Latte is a warm and comforting beverage with a delightful blend of spices:
2 cups water
10g ( 2 table spoon) loose-leaf black tea (Jin Jun Mei /Song Zhen Gao Xiang / Shengtai Dianhong Maofeng )
2 cups (plant-based) milk
4-6 green cardamom pods (lightly crushed)
4-6 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 cm piece of fresh ginger (sliced)
2-3 black peppercorns
2-3 teaspoons honey or sugar (adjust to taste)
Optional: a pinch of nutmeg or a star anise pod for extra flavor
- In a saucepan, combine the water, loose-leaf black tea, and all the spices (cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon stick, ginger, black peppercorns). You can adjust the spice quantities to suit your taste preferences.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 5-7 minutes. This simmering allows the spices to infuse their flavors into the liquid.
- Add the milk to the saucepan and continue to heat the mixture. Do not let it boil, but let it simmer for another 5-7 minutes. This helps the tea blend with the milk.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and strain the chai into your cups or mugs to remove the loose tea leaves and spices.
- Sweeten your chai latte with honey or sugar to taste. Start with a smaller amount and add more if needed.
- Optional: Dust the top of your chai latte with a pinch of nutmeg or garnish with a star anise pod for an extra layer of flavor.
Stir well, and enjoy your homemade chai latte!
This aromatic and spiced tea is perfect for warming up on a chilly autumn day or any time you want to treat yourself to a comforting beverage. Feel free to adjust the spices and sweetness levels to suit your preferences.