Skip the store bought and make your own Creamy Chai Latte with this delicious recipe. It's made by brewing black tea with Indian spices like star anise, cardamom pods, cinnamon and cloves. Top it with whipped cream and a light dusting of ground cinnamon for a coffee shop drink made in the comfort of your home.
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For the Chai Concentrate
- 2 1/ 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons (6 tea bags) Assam black tea
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise
- 10 cardamom pods
- 10 whole cloves
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/ 4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/ 4 teaspoons black peppercorns
For the Latte
- 2 1/ 2 cups milk
- Ground cinnamon, optional for garnish
- Star anise, optional for garnish
For the Whipped Cream
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Crush and roughly chop star anise, cloves, and cardamom pods.
In a saucepan, add all ingredients for chai concentrate except for the vanilla extract.
On low heat, simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
While chai concentrate is on simmer, make the whipped cream. Combine heavy cream and powdered sugar in a tall container. Using an immersion blender, pulse on low until soft peaks form. Don't whip until it gets too stiff by checking consistency after a couple of short pulses. Set aside.
Warm up milk in a latte maker or by simmering on the stovetop making sure it doesn't boil. After heating the milk, turn off heat and set aside.
Back to the chai concentrate. Strain out and discard the tea leaves (or tea bags) and spices.
Add the vanilla extract to chai concentrate.
Assemble the chai latte by pouring the hot chai concentrate, filling the mug halfway. Add the hot milk leaving room for the whipped cream. Top off with a layer of whipped cream. Garnish with a star anise and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon.