If you love a great chai latte' but don't want to run to Starbucks and spend $3 every time you want a cup, you need this recipe. It is so easy to make it at home. You probably have nearly everything you need in your cupboards right now.
In the final step, I give tips for saving more money on this recipe. So don't miss the last step!
WARNING! Many people (myself included) have developed addictions to this recipe! Proceed at your own risk!
Step 1: Gather your ingredients.
Here's what you'll need:
2 C. Water
2 Regular Tea Bags
1/8-1/4 teaspoon EACH of ginger and cardamon
1 whole clove
1 cinnamon stick
6 Splenda packets or 1/4 cup Sugar
2 1/2 C. Milk
Step 2: Mix tea and spices.
In your sauce pan, add water, spices, and tea bags. Bring it to a boil, and boil for 5 minutes.
Step 3: Boil it up.
After boiling, it will look like this. Don't worry if a tea bag breaks open. You can strain the tea later.
Step 4: Add the sweetener.
Now add the Splenda. If you'd rather you can use 1/4 C. Sugar. I have tried using less sweetener, gradually using less and less, and you get used to the less-sweet taste. I've heard of people using honey, but it would change the taste.
Step 5: Add the milk.
Now add the milk, and return it to a boil. This won't take long, and if you aren't careful, it will boil over. Quite a mess!
Here's a neat little trick: if you take a stick of butter and run it quickly around the rim of the pan when it's hot, the chai won't boil over.
Step 6: Strain and Enjoy
Now you get to enjoy it! I use a little cup strainer as shown in the picture. This is especially great if a tea bag breaks open. But also after boiling milk, you can get a "scum" on top. While the tea, spices and scum are harmless, they can be unpleasant to consume. So the strainer is nice to have.