What is a Chai Tea Latte?
A Chai Tea Latte is a beverage made up of milk and tea. The milk can either be dairy-based or non-dairy, depending on the preference of the individual, and the tea is usually a Masala Chai, which is a type of spiced black tea made with a blend of spices. A Chai Tea Latte is usually topped off with a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices.
The base ingredients of a Chai Tea Latte include:
- Black Tea – the most common type of tea used in Chai tea lattes is Masala Chai, a spiced black tea.
- Milk – both dairy and non-dairy milk are acceptable, with almond, oat, and soy as the most popular non-dairy options.
- Spices – the spices included vary from Masala Chai blend to blend, but commonly include cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and ginger.
A Chai Tea Latte is usually prepared by simmering the spices in water, then added to the tea leaves, and steeping the mixture for a few minutes. The mixture is then strained, and mixed with warm (or cold) milk. Depending on the preference of the individual, a sweetener of some sort may be added as well.
Finally, the Chai Tea Latte is topped off with a sprinkle of additional spices, usually cinnamon and nutmeg.
A Chai Tea Latte is typically served warm or cooled over ice, depending on the individual’s preference. It can be served in various sizes, from a small cup to a large cup, allowing for flexibility in portion size.
The Chai Tea Latte is a popular beverage choice at cafes and coffee shops, though it can be prepared from the comfort of your home as well. Whether served hot or cold, it is sure to be a delightfully delicious and aromatic drink.