Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Perfect Pairing: Homemade Spiced Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Okay, Gourmets! (Funny, "foodies" used to be called "gourmets." I wonder what the name will be in ten years.)

When eating euforia, and in a state of euphoria (ha) wouldn't it be nice to sip on something amazing? It would. For the next several weeks, we're going to be publishing all sorts of perfect pairings for euforia, so you can get the full experience! euforia is a delicate, super moist thousand-layer cake that goes really well with coffees and wines - which we will certainly cover - but there are also a number of other drinks that bring the gourmet experience to life.

Perfect Pairing #1: Homemade Spiced Chai Tea Latte Recipe

What is chai tea? In my opinion, it's definitely the best stuff on earth! Chai is by origin an Indian concoction of delicious, fragrant spices - cardamom, star anise, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are frequently found in Chai. The recipe below uses pepper (I would probably leave that out). Fresh black tea is also used as a base.

In chai tea latte, steamed milk is used to create the latte. It's absolutely wonderful. Chai mix is easy to make and store, also. Doing a quick search on Google for chai tea mix recipes will bring up tons of great resources on blogs.

We like the step-by-step instructions for making chai from TastyKitchen.com. They also provided a printable recipe, which we have published below.

Thanks to TastyKitchen.com for providing such a great walkthrough!

Image Source: TastyKitchen.com

  • 4-½ cups Water
  • 1 stick Cinnamon
  • 1 piece Fresh Ginger Chopped
  • 7 whole Cardamom Pods
  • 2 whole Star Anise Pods
  • 10 whole Cloves
  • ¼ teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoons Freshly-ground Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Orange Zest
  • 10 teaspoons Green Or Black Tea Or 10 Tea Bags
  • ⅔ cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla


Bring the water to a boil. Add the spices and tea, remove from heat and let steep 15-20 minutes, depending on how strong you want it. Strain and add the brown sugar, honey, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
Mix 1 part concentrate with 1 part milk, heat and enjoy or pour over ice.
For a stronger flavor, mix 2 parts concentrate with 1 part milk or half-and-half (if you’re like me).

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