Fall is right around the corner and while Starbucks is busting out the pumpkin spice, I’ve been on a huge Chai Tea kick. Since June, I’ve been cutting back on my caffeine intake. I used to drink about two lattes a day, but turns out– your body changes when you get older! –and although I’ve drank a decent amount of caffeine throughout my life, it’s just starting to do bad things to my brain. Anyway, going cold turkey was not easy so like a patch, I started drinking tea instead. I’ve always been a fan of chai, but now that I can’t have my espresso, I feel like I need chai to satisfy my latte cravings.
Last year, Kaleb made this little recipe for me and I’ve been making it ever since! It’s super easy, quick, and you probably already have most of the spices in your pantry. Since Fall is just about here, I thought I would share it with you in this fun little illustrated form. Use the drawing above for cuteness, but for the full recipe see below.
- 2/3 cups Granulated Sugar
- 1 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
- 1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Ground Cardamom
- 1 tsp All Spice
- Chai Tea bags (I use Tazo)
1. Heat a cup of water and add one chai tea bag. For chai lattes, I like to let the tea steep for longer than I usually would other tea. At least 10 minutes, but longer is good too.
2. While your tea is steeping, combine all other ingredients in a small jar or tupperware and stir or shake to combine.
3. Add desired amount to tea (I recommend anywhere between 1 teaspoon to 1/2 tablespoon).
4. Add milk and enjoy it hot or poor into a glass, add ice, then milk for an iced latte!
The mixture keeps basically forever so store in your cupboard with your teas for as long as you wish. Another way to make this recipe is to add the sugar with equal parts water in a small sauce pan over the stove, heat slowly on low heat until sugar is dissolved, then add all of the spices. Once the mixture is combined, poor into a mason jar or other heat-safe container and use it as a chai syrup! keep it in the fridge for up to one week.
I hope you enjoyed this mini-recipe. Check back for more soon!