January’s recipe of the month is the Chai Tea Latte. Robo has an easy, ready in 10 minutes recipe for you to make at the comfort of your home! First, a little bit about this drink and its origins...
What is a chai tea latte?
Chai tea latte is a sweet drink that is made with milk, black tea, and mixed spices.
The history of the Chai Tea Latte
Chai meaning “tea” has its roots in India. The chai dates back to 5000 to 9000 years ago to an ancient royal court. The original recipe was created as a healing beverage and thought to have medicinal value. No shocker- the original recipe did not contain caffeine in it. The black tea leaves, milk, and sugar are ingredients that were al added to chai in the later decades.
There are different versions of the Chai Tea Latte all around the world. Some like it extra spicy, some love it pumpkin flavored and others love to add extra caffeine to it. One of the most popular versions is “dirty chai” also known as “java chai” or “red eye chai”. Dirty chai is a chai tea latte with a shot of espresso added to it. The dirty chai was actually invented by accident in the 1990s in London! A barista in Covent Garden was making a chai latte for a customer and she accidentally poured a shot of espresso into the chai. The customer thought it was delicious and it spread from there.
Let’s get cooking! Although traditionally a Chai Tea Latte is made with black tea, which has caffeine in it if you choose to not have caffeine just skip step 2. On the contrary, if you prefer your chai with extra caffeine try a dirty chai instead, replace the tea bag in step 2 with a shot of espresso.
2 cups of milk (of your choice! Robo recommends trying coconut milk)
2 black tea bags (Robo recommends using a plain black tea to make it less spicy and a masala chai tea bag to add extra spice)
¾ teaspoon of ground cinnamon or you can use a cinnamon stick (looks pretty too!)
¼ teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
¼ teaspoon of allspice
2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey (or a sweetener of your choice!)
Step 1 Heat up the milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it begins to boil. Or if you are committed to making the perfect chai latte you can use a milk frother to heat up the milk instead.
Step 2 (if adding black tea) Turn off the heat, and add the 2 tea bags to the milk. Let it steep for 3-5 minutes.
Step 3 Add the rest of the ingredients, cinnamon, ginger, and maple syrup, and whisk to combine. Serve warm.
If you like your chai rich and sweet try using Masala Chai Tea instead of black tea.
Feel free to add any other spices you like such as pumpkin spice, turmeric, or nutmeg to adjust or add flavor!
Use your choice of milk. We recommend coconut milk because it’s naturally sweet but you can use any type of milk you like.