I’m starting this food blogging chapter by cheating massively: today I bring you a drink.
Not any drink, though, my favorite Fall drink: Chai Latte!
Picture this: Manchester, August of 2015. The weather much colder than any Fall my country goes through. Me, a wee master’s student interning for the summer (or the pure misery that the Brits call summer).
As a southern European in the middle of England, I struggled all summer. I struggled *hard*. Summer for me means sun and dresses, not rainboots and, well, rain! Everyone I came across on the street knew I was a foreigner simply because I was wearing three more layers than them (long sleeves, shirt, wool sweater, a winter Barbour fleece lined jacket, and no, I am not joking).
One colder than I could take afternoon, a coworker and friend of mine, E., took me out for lunch at… Cafe Nero? I’m pretty sure it was cafe Nero. We chose our paninis and when ordering drinks she told me “I got this, trust me.” When she ordered two Chai Lattes, I frowned.
“I don’t like milk in my tea,” I informed her, because I normally take my tea dark and sweet and with a biscuit.
“You’ll like this one, trust me.”
I did, because she’s lovely, and she has great taste.
In one single sip, I was in love.
A bastardization of the Indian masala tea, Chai Latte (and not Chai Tea Latte, because that literally means Tea Tea Latte, it’s a goddamn ridiculous name Starbucks!), is a mix of black tea, spices, and milk.
It’s literally the most delicious thing on the planet, reader, it’s so good. Spicy, creamy, it has a deep complex flavor that will warm you inside out.
Ever since that day, I start drinking it in October and only stop when Spring breaks.
When I buy out, Drink Me Chai is my favorite brand. They have a multitude of flavors (vanilla, spiced, peppermint, chocolate, mango, green tea), and easy instructions (add spoonfuls of the powder to boiling water and add milk).[amazon_link asins=’B004ETKGSE,B003VQXWDC,B003VQXWC8′ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’2weeksof-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’d152f1c0-a949-11e7-beff-438e2c0d37c0′]
However, more often than not, I like my Chai to be the original flavor, and I prefer to make my own mix.
How to Make Your Own Chai Latte Mix
Easy Homemade Chai Latte Recipe
Creamy, sweet, spicy, Chai Latte is the best warm beverage that Starbucks had ever coopted from another culture (and here's how you can make it much better than theirs).
- All Spice (optional)
- Anise Star
- Black Pepper
- Black Tea
- Yellow Sugar
- Boiling Water
Ground the spices, mix them all together.
Take a teaspoon of the mixture and steep it in boiling water (loose or using a tea infuser).
If you prefer your tea sweet, then add a teaspoon (or two) of yellow sugar to the tea.
Add hot milk to taste. Froth it using a milk frother or blender.
The exact quantities of the spices will depend on personal taste. I use two parts of cinnamon to one part of every other spice and six parts of black tea.
Simple, right? And so worth it, because this mix will last you all Fall. Every time you feel like drinking, just pop a spoonful of the mix inside the tea infuser and go nuts!
(Sara’s suggestion? A milk frother only costs a couple of bucks, but it makes the chai much creamier.)
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