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Easy Chai Latte – Downshiftology

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This homemade chai latte is the perfect mug of freshly brewed black tea, warming spices, a hint of sweetness, and extra frothy milk. Aka, one of the best things to sip on during a cold, crisp day.

2 mugs of chai latte next to a milk frother.

What Is Chai Exactly?

While we commonly know chai as a “flavor” of tea, it actually translates to the word “tea” in Hindi. The idea of a milky tea is common in the United Kingdom, and after the British colonization of India, it wasn’t too long before Indians made their own version of a sweet and milky black tea, with the addition of spices. And that my friends is where Masala Chai (or this chai latte) was born!

Ingredients for a chai latte on a table.

What’s In This Easy Chai Latte Recipe?

Similar to my chai spiced coconut milk, this creamy black tea is infused with the best warming spices. But the best part is that it’s quite customizable. Want it spicier? Add a bit more ginger. Looking for a more tea-like flavor? Add in an extra tea bag! However you tweak it, keep comfort and peacefulness in mind – because that’s what a chai latte is all about.

  • Milk: For a milkier base (that’s also good for frothing), use whole milk or creamier non-dairy milks such as oat milk or cashew milk. But, any non-dairy milk will work as well.
  • Black Tea: To keep this recipe easy, I’m using black tea bags. But keep reading for more tips on what type of black tea, and even loose-leaf teas, you can use.
  • Ground Spices: A blend of ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and cardamom does the trick for spiced chai. But you can certainly bump up the spices and add ground nutmeg, vanilla bean, fresh ginger, and star anises.
  • Sweetener: I love to use maple syrup for a touch of sweetness. But you can go with any others such as honey, agave, or even coconut sugar.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

Best Black Tea For Chai Latte?

Since the base of chai is black tea, it’s best to use a strong and robust type such as Assam or Darjeeling. As for tea bags vs. tea leaves… either one will work! I’m using tea bags for this specific recipe out of convenience, because that’s what I normally have on hand.

But in general, loose leaf teas will produce a much more full-bodied tea. Just be sure to look for smaller leaves that are partially broken. They’ll infuse much easier when simmering in the pot.

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