Chai Latté

I would definitely recommend using a glass for this one!

This indulgent chai latté will bring a smile to any spice lover's face. 

Rich and foamy, it is the perfect drink to treat yourself to in place of the usual cuppa!

Like tea, you can take it with or without sugar, and despite it's misguiding name, there is no coffee in it, just the spices of chai (ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds, peppercorn, nutmeg and cloves), hot  water and foamy milk.


Makes..1 cup


Time: 4 minutes


Ingredients:

  • 1 chai teabag
  • A little hot water (about 1/4-1/3 of a cup, depending on how you like it)
  • Milk to fill up the rest of the cup/glass(about 1/2 cup as you'll be making it foam)
  • Cinnamon-to decorate
  • Sugar-to taste

Method:

  1. Boil the water and add to your cup/glass with your chai teabag. 
  2. If you know already how much sugar you like in your chai latte, add it now, so as not to disturb the foamy milk later.
  3. Using a jug* big enough for the milk to only reach about halfway up, heat up the milk for approximately 1 minute in the microwave on high.
  4. Remove the milk from the microwave and,  using a milk foamer**, foam the milk until  it almost reaches the top of the jug, or until you think it won't foam any more.
  5. Gently pour the milk into your cup/glass, making sure you pour in the foamy part too (before you pour the foamy part though, add the sugar and taste to see how much you would like).
  6. Sprinkle with cinnamon,  and a little sugar if you like.

Note:
*Using a jug will make all the difference when trying to create that perfect foam, as the wide base, leading up to a more narrow opening creates this kind of condensed area to allow the air into..or so I guess! All I know is that it helps me enormously..I'm sure some of you physics geniuses out there would be able to explain it a whole lot better than I ever could!
**You can buy a milk foamer, very cheaply (I think it's €2) in Tiger, and other homeware stores. They are invaluable in cases like these, when you don't want to fork out God knows how much money in buying a coffee machine with a steam wand! (Seriously, does anyone even have one at home?) Steam wands(the type they use in cafés) are the BEST! They give the milk that velvety texture that you just can't achieve with anything else, but a milk foamer will definitely foam your milk..almost as good as your local café.

Milk foamer/frother