1 cup water
1 black tea bag or 1 tablespoon loose black tea leaves
1/2 cup milk (you can use any type of milk: whole milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc.)
1-2 tablespoons honey or sugar (adjust to taste)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
A pinch of black pepper
Optional: a few slices of fresh ginger for added flavor
Optional: whipped cream or cinnamon for garnish
Prepare the Tea:
In a saucepan, combine water and spices (ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, ground cardamom, and a pinch of black pepper). Add fresh ginger slices if you prefer a stronger ginger flavor.
Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for a few minutes to infuse the water with spices.
Add the Tea:
Remove the saucepan from heat and add the black tea bag or loose tea leaves. Let it steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea.
Add Sweetener and Milk:
Remove the tea bag or strain the tea if using loose leaves.
Stir in honey or sugar, adjusting to your preferred level of sweetness.
Add milk to the spiced tea mixture. You can adjust the amount of milk based on how creamy you want your chai latte.
Heat and Froth:
Return the saucepan to the heat and warm the chai latte mixture over medium heat until it's hot but not boiling. Be careful not to scorch the milk.
If you have a milk frother, you can froth the milk for a creamier texture. If not, you can simply whisk the mixture gently while heating.
Pour the chai latte into mugs.
Optional: Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for an extra indulgent touch.
Enjoy your homemade chai latte!
Feel free to adjust the spices, sweetness, and milk ratio to suit your taste preferences. It's a versatile recipe that you can customize to create your perfect chai latte.