How to Make Chai Tea
This is a 'how to' article from Crazy For Tea. How to Make Chai Tea - different ways to make chai including homemade chai tea, chai tea mix, and some chai tea recipes for you to try.
Chai tea is one of my favorites, the spicy aromatic smell fills your kitchen with a dreamy scent. Making chai tea can be a bit of a mystery and this article will help you to make homemade chai tea like a pro.
How to Make Chai Tea
There are several ways to make chai tea at home. You can start with a pre made base for chai tea, a chai tea mix, or you can make your own chai tea. We will give you ideas and recipes for each of these methods.
Chai Tea Using a Base
There are several chai tea base type products that are available to allow you to make chai tea in a snap. These are typically sold fully prepared, including milk or soy, and are preblended so you simply add hot water and serve. These are some of my favorite preblend chai tea mixes for you to try.
How to Make Chai Tea Latte
Making Chai Tea Latte is easy with these preblended mixes. Latte simply means that there is milk in the product versus just a chai tea.
If you want to make your own Chai Tea Mix, we have an excellent chai tea recipe for you to do so here.
Making Chai Tea - Loose Tea
There are several pre blended (spices & tea) loose teas on the market that make a remarkable cup of chai tea. These are easy to prepare, and if you want to make a chai tea latte, you simply use hot milk instad of water. Here are my top picks for preblended loose leaf chai teas. (All are delicious and worth trying).
Making Chai tea with loose leaf tea is really easy. You need a tea strainer or empty fillable tea bags and you simply brew the chai tea with a ratio of 1 teaspoon of tea to 8 ounces of water. Brew for 4-6 minutes and you will have a delicious cup of chait tea. If you want to make a chai tea latte, simply use 8 ounces of milk instead of water. Just yummy!!
Chai Tea Bags
You can also make chai tea with tea bags that are premade and contain the tea and the spice. Turn it into a latte by using milk instead of water, and either way, steep the chai for 4-6 minutes. Here are some of our top picks for chai tea bags.
Chai Tea Recipe
Making homemade chai tea can be fun too. So if you have the time, here is the basic recipe for making homemade chai tea.
Basic Chai Recipe
4 tsp loose tea, usually black
1 piece of dry ginger
3 cardamom pods, crushed
3 whole cloves
1 piece of cinnamon stick
Milk and sugar to taste
Chop up ginger into fine pieces, and break up cinnamon stick. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, then add tea leaves and all the spices. Let everything brew at boiling for 30 to 45 seconds. Remove from heat, then let steep at room temperature for another 3-4 minutes. Strain and serve with or without milk and honey.
I hope this gave you some great ideas on how to make chai tea at home. Dont forget to try our Chai Tea Instant Mix recipe to have a premix chai at home that you made yourself.
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