A spicy hot drink that's easy to make at home: Chai Latte ! An express recipe perfect for warming up… Inside this creamy drink: milk, spices, maple syrup and a touch of vanilla. The greediest will add a fine milk froth on top just before serving. I explain how to easily prepare it below.
What You'll Love About This Chai Latte Recipe
- very quick to do : in 15 minutes it's ready!
- affordable : these are ingredients that you surely have in your cupboards. It will cost you a lot less than the chai lattes you buy in cafes.
- easily customizable : you can increase or decrease the doses of spices or sugar to your liking.
- comforting : it is a very warm drink, perfect for cold autumn-winter days…
- milk : I use whole milk because it is smoother for this chai latte. If you want, you can choose vegetable milk. Oat milk is very good for this recipe because it is creamy, otherwise cashew milk may be suitable.
- tea : I use black tea in a bag (from Darjeeling). If you're using loose tea, you'll want small, well-crumbled leaves instead.
- spices : inside this chai latte, we find cinnamon, ginger, cardamom.
- Maple syrup : it is the natural sweetener of this recipe. The quantity is to be adapted to your taste.
- vanilla : I add a little for the greedy side.
How to make a homemade chai latte?
- We do heat the milk in a saucepan, until simmering
- We infuse the tea bags then we remove them
- We add spices and maple syrup (as you like)
- Remove from the heat, add vanilla then we pour the chai latte into 2 mugs
- As an option, we prepare a milk froth spooned over the mugs
NB: I give you the detailed recipe for this express chai latte at the bottom of the page
My tips for a successful chai latte
- let the black tea steep for at least 5 minutes so that it can develop its aromas in the hot milk.
- once the spices have been added, heat until boiling to properly diffuse their flavor.
- to froth milk easily for decoration, warm it up slightly before using a small milk frother.
Possible variations for this recipe
When adding the spices to the milk, if you don't have cardamom, you can use it instead of 4 spice mix.
If you want reduce oiliness of the drink, you can choose semi-skimmed milk (instead of whole milk) or replace half of the milk in the drink with water.
Other recipes to try
If you like to make cinnamon-based desserts, I advise you to take a look at these other recipes from the blog:
- Christmas eggnog (eggnog)
- Apple cinnamon crumble
- apple pie
- Kanelbullar, Swedish cinnamon buns
- Apple Cinnamon Maple Syrup Muffins
If you make this homemade chai latte, feel free to rate the recipe below and tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see your lovely drinks!
Chai Latte, The Express Recipe
- Milk frother (optional)
- 530 g whole milk or vegetable (oats or cashews are the creamiest)
- 2 black tea bags darjeeling
- 1 cc ground cinnamon powder + or - according to your taste
- 0,25 cc ginger powder
- 1 pinch cardamom or 4 spice mix
- 1 to 2 cs Maple syrup according to your taste
- 0,5 cc natural vanilla extract
- 100 g whole milk or vegetable (oats or cashews are the creamiest)
- In a saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it begins to boil. Stop the cooking and infuse the black tea bags for about 5/6 minutes then remove the bags.
- Add the spices to the pan of milk: cinnamon, ginger, 4-spice mix (or cardamom). Also add the maple syrup. Mix everything together and heat over medium heat, stirring.
- Once the mixture comes to a boil, turn off the heat. Off the heat, add the vanilla and mix one last time.
- Pour into 2 mugs.
Milk foam (optional)
- Heat the milk for 30 seconds in the microwave then put it in a small pitcher. With an electric milk frother, froth the milk by tilting the pitcher, until you get a creamy froth.
- Drop the mousse on top of the mugs using a tablespoon.
- Sprinkle with a little cinnamon and enjoy.