Somehow, it is still 30°c here in Canada but that should be changing in a few days and I’ll be welcoming fall and cooler weather with my arms wide open!
A few years ago I tried my very first Chai Latte and that first impression ended up haunting me for the years to come. Whenever the trees would drop their first orange leaves to the ground a Chai Latte popped up in everyone’s hand. The first time I sipped one, it was very peppery and I thought “why are people torturing themselves by drinking this?” It tasted like burnt pepper. Turns out, if you are able to get the spices just right and sweeten it perfectly what you’ll have is a little cup of heavenly fall flavor. I have joined the Chai side of life.
It starts with the perfect combination of fall spices. You can make a bigger batch of this magic to store in your pantry so you have it ahead of time for when the cravings come… because they will.
This is the combination of spices that I enjoy, obviously you can mix it up on your own until you find your preference. I also don’t like to use any of the syrups or refined sugars that the major coffee chains use but you can use whatever you like. Also, I am not vegan but the way I make it is vegan.
All you do is steep your tea with the spices in a pot of hot water. Divide into two mugs, (because sharing is caring) sweeten and add your milk. I tried using canned coconut milk once because I had no other use for it at the time and it was super think and creamy. I haven’t made it any other way since then and I likely never will again. You can also experiment with almond, soy, flax or regular dairy milk if you wanted.
With Canadian Thanksgiving coming up around the corner, I think I may have to add the Chai Latte option to the after dinner coffee menu at our place.
Here is what you will need:
♥ 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
♥ 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
♥ 1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
♥ 1 teaspoon ground allspice
♥ 1 teaspoon ground cloves
♥ 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
♥ 2 cups water
♥ 2 black tea bags
♥ 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup (to taste)
♥ 1 cup canned coconut milk (or other milk)
Here is what you will need to do:
♥ In a small bowl, mix all dry ingredients together and if you are not making a Chai Latte at this point store the contents in an airtight jar or resealable bag
♥ In a small saucepan bring water, tea bags, and 2 tablespoons of Chai spice mix to a boil. Put the lid on and remove from heat. Allow to steep for 15 minutes
♥ Remove the tea bags and stir. Pour equal amounts into 2 mugs and sweetened each with 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup.
♥ Top up each mug with milk and stir until combined.
Garnish for you’d like with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of spice mix.
Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite go-to fall drink is.
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