Chai tea lattes warm our souls in the cooler weather and even when they're on ice they still manage to give us what we need. One of the best drinks out there deserves to be in our kitchens the moment we're craving one. Learning how to make a chai tea latte is your ticket to the good life and we're here to show you the basic steps you need for making one hot and on ice.
Making an iced chai tea latte is really simple. Much of this recipe requires the same steps you followed for making a chai latte hot.
There are quite a few different ways to make a chai tea latte based on your tastes. As you may have noticed in the Starbucks line, people like to order a slew of different toppings based on their personal preferences and creating your drinks from home is no different.
Not everyone likes the taste of honey. For your personal chai tea latte recipe, you can use equal parts brown sugar, granulated sugar, agave, or maple syrup.
Additionally, some might not like their chai tea lattes super sweet so you can easily down the dosage if you like. You'll be more than fine with only a tablespoon or so of your preferred sweetener. In fact, many only use a teaspoon. On the flip side, you can use more sweetener if you so choose. You can up the ante a bit with 1/2 a cup of your preferred sweetener as opposed to the typical 1/4 cup.
As fun as it is to concoct our chai tea lattes with an assortment of spices, you don't need to grab everything in your pantry for a simple cup. Some people opt for only using bags of chai tea and that's an option you have as well. It's also a good idea for those in a pinch.
You can also omit some of the spices or lower the amounts if you're not a huge fan of them. The above recipe is one we like the best, but that doesn't mean you can't tweak things to suit your personal tastes. Keep in mind that we like these spices because they add a certain oomph to the chai tea latte and work well with one another. Fresh cinnamon also balances everything out because it's on the sweeter side.
Something peculiar some people like incorporating is peppercorns. It's certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but it is used more often than you think. In fact, many argue that you can't make a good chai tea latte without it. If you'd like to add them you can sprinkle in about 1-2 teaspoons in with the rest of the spices.
How many times have we heard someone ask for vanilla in their drinks at Starbucks? Well, those people just may have been onto something. If it sounds intriguing to you then simply add 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract in with your sweetener when you're making the tea.
You have the option to choose between dozens of tea flavors in everyday life, but a chai tea latte requires certain kinds. Black tea is used most often when making this beverage because it's more flavorful. If you're going the black tea route then you should look to grab an Assam blend.
Chai tea can be used as well. As we mentioned before, the swifter chai tea latte recipes call for swapping loose spices for this particular tea. It's a suitable replacement when you're in a bind or need to whip one up quickly.
Be mindful of which teas you use as well because they come with different levels of caffeine. Black tea has about 60-90 milligrams of caffeine whereas something like chai tea only has about 11 milligrams.