You guys! I have to tell you a little secret… I have never made or tasted chai tea before now!! I know I know, I cannot believe it either! Have I been living under a rock?!
Chai tea has just never been on my radar. I’ve always gravitated towards English breakfast tea, green tea, peppermint tea, you know, those lovely herbal tea flavours. If it’s not tea, it’s always hot chocolates! More hot chocolates than tea, so chai tea hasn’t even been on my mind!
I always see and hear people these days ordering and showing off their soy chai tea lattes or just chai tea in general. That has only been over the past couple of years though, well that I have been aware of. I just never related it to myself, never once did I have a thought of “hey, I want some chai tea”. All of those hot chocolates have clouded my vision haha!
So what made me make a chai tea you may ask? Well! I was browsing through Pinterest for food photography inspiration, as ya do! As I was browsing, a beautiful image of these white mugs filled with some sort of hot beverage caught my eye, because it was a lovely photograph. I read the description and it said “Dirty Chai Lattes”. When I like an image on Pinterest, I tend to get inspired by everything in that photo, including whatever the food or drink is in that photograph. As I love to give you guys a wide variety of food and beverage choices, “chai lattes” resonated with me. I had never tried or tasted chai and I didn’t have any tea recipes on my blog, only hot chocolates and various other drinks. See! So many hot chocolates… delish! 😉
Do I need to attend a chocolate lovers anonymous?
So that is when I decided to teach myself all about chai tea! I hate to admit it but…. I wasn’t even aware what chai tea was made of. I didn’t know it contained all of these glorious spices, I didn’t even think of what chai could be. I have lived a very sheltered life 😉
Anyways! In a nutshell, I made a batch of chai tea, and then I began to drink my mug of it. Oh… My… GOODNESS!!! HOW GOOD IS IT?!!
Oh yes! You saw that coming didn’t ya! As I was drinking it, I was busy in the kitchen creating my next recipe. Whilst sipping away, I stopped for a moment and went, wow girl! This is actually extremely delightful and delicious! I gave one to my Mum after I made them too and she finished it, walked inside and said “Wow! that was wonderful! So easy to drink!” Yeah, Mum hadn’t tried chai tea either!
So now you know the background story of my discovery of chai tea. I literally couldn’t wait to wake up the next day and make up another batch of chai tea because you know, sleep is just a time machine to breakfast! If you haven’t tried chai tea either, welcome! Please make yourself up a delicious mug of this yummy dairy free chai tea and enjoy yourself!
- 2 cups filtered water
- 2 tsp loose leaf black tea leaves or 2 black tea bags
- 2 whole cardamom pods, bruised
- 2 star anise
- 3 whole cloves
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground all spice
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 cup almond milk or any thin non-dairy milk of choice
- ½ Tbsp - 1 Tbsp maple syrup or sweetener of choice, such as honey or coconut sugar
- Pour filtered water into a medium sized pot over a medium heat.
- Bruise cardamom pods so the tiny seeds are exposed.
- To the water add all spices, bruised cardamom pods, star anise, whole cloves, cinnamon, ginger, all spice and nutmeg, whisk until well blended.
- Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, reduce heat to low so it’s on a gentle simmer. Steep spices in water for 10 minutes, whisking occasionally.
- Pour in milk and whisk well. Add maple syrup or sweetener of choice to desired sweetness. I add ½ tablespoon of maple syrup. Whisk well.
- Turn the heat to high and cook until bubbles begin to appear around the edges.
- Remove from heat and strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large measuring jug or bowl.
- Pour into serving mugs.
- Serve and enjoy!