Chai tea is an Indian spiced milk drink that has been made into frappes, lattes, and iced drinks by Starbucks and other coffee chains. You can make vanilla chai at home with this simple recipe.
I love vanilla chai tea. In fact, I’m addicted. Today it snowed, and I had four cups of hot chai tea to keep me warm. I used to buy tea bags, but they don’t taste as fresh as this homemade chai tea recipe. As an added bonus, making chai at home is more environmentally friendly; it means you won’t have to throw away the tea bags or tea bag packaging since you already have most of the natural ingredients at home.
For homemade vanilla chai tea you will need:
4 slices fresh ginger sliced 1 inch thick
2 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
1 tsp spoon cardamom powder
2 chopped vanilla beans
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup honey
1 black loose leaf tea, strained
2 cups of water
2 cups of milk (optional)
Boil 2 cups of water and black tea on the stove, and add the other dry ingredients, stirring well. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add sugar to taste. While some people prefer their vanilla chai dairy-free, you may also add in 2 cups of milk, preferably vanilla soymilk, and boil again. Strain and serve. You can also let this tea cool, throw it in a blender with ice cubes, and serve an iced chai frappe, or add a few ice cubes for iced chai tea.
This recipe will make your home smell like hot tea and cinnamon. There is a little bit of caffeine, but no so much that you’ll get headaches in the morning. And it’s all natural. Making this vanilla chai recipe will save you $4 at Starbucks in the morning. Who could resist?