Over the years, we stopped limiting our coffee intake and started drinking tea both in the morning and evening. And, I need to add milk in my tea. It’s an absolute must and I’d rather not drink tea at all if black tea is the only option. For someone who needs tea in both morning and evening, we have very limited options when going outside. Starbucks is the only one, I know, is carrying Chai Tea Latte. I can’t find it in McDonalds or some other store.
And, am I the only one who thinks Starbucks chai tea latte is overrated? It’s so expensive when you know how to make it at home for a fraction of the cost. My husband is a big fan of Starbucks’ chai tea latte. I started experimenting different recipes and this one came pretty close to Starbucks version.
With all the limitations and cost, I started experimenting different recipes and this recipe is something that came pretty close to Starbucks version. Yay for that!
You don’t really need fancy ingredients to make this one. Cloves has long shelf life and I’d suggest you buy a small batch from asian stores. It’s much cheaper there. Again, you don’t need fancy tea bags to make this either. You can either use fresh ginger or dry ginger for this recipe. I’m using ginger root tea bags that I got as a free sample. Talk about luck!
When traveling outside, you can make these ahead of time and carry it in a thermal tumbler before heading out. We carry more than one thermal flasks at home and I absolutely love this one. It keeps the liquid hot or cold for 12 hours.
Now our Chai tea latte purchase from Starbucks went down drastically. Check it out how you earn points to get free Starbucks gift card.
Now, let’s talk about the recipe.
- Microwavable bowl
- Black tea bags – 2 nos
- Cardamom – 3 nos
- Cloves – 2 nos
- Ginger, Ginger tea bags, dry ginger (any version of ginger works) – 1 tea bag or a pinch of ginger
- Water – 1 cup
- 1% Milk – 1/2 cup
- Tea Strainer
1. Crush the cardamom and mix well with all the ingredients
2. Add all the ingredients in the measuring bowl except milk. Microwave for 3 minutes
4. Add Milk
5. Microwave for another 1 minutes
6. Filter the tea and serve hot.
Note: this tea has strong flavor. If you want lighter version of chai latte, use only 1 cardamom. You can make the same recipe using the stove top. But it takes double the time and you might need to wash too many vessels. Within 5 minutes, Chai tea latte will be ready. There shouldn’t be any reason why you cannot make this tea at home. It’s such a lazy recipe.
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