Lately I have been OBSESSED with Starbucks’ Soy Chai Tea Latte. But if you are familiar with Starbucks, you know that “A Starbucks A Day, Keeps Your Saving Goals Far Far Away”! That’s why I was in desperate need of a good recipe so I could make my own Soy Chai Tea Latte every morning before work (or whenever I feel like having a cup!).
This recipe was soooo good that it would be very selfish of me not to share with my worldwideweb-friends! It’s a recipe for Chai Tea syrup. You can just add hot water for regular Chai Tea and if you want a latte you just add (soy) milk to it.
- 50 oz water
- piece of ginger (about 1-3 inch), sliced
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 10 whole cloves
- 2 tbsp of ground cardamom
- 2 whole star anise pods
- 10 black peppercorns
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 8-10 bags of (english blend) black tea
Slice the ginger and break the cinnamon sticks. Then put all the spices together in a sauce pan on low heat to let all the aromas come out (about 1-2 minutes, without oil).
Make sure you DO NOT add the vanilla extract yet!!!
After about 20 minutes remove the pan from the heat and strain the concentrate through a sieve. Add the tea bags to the concentrate and let them sit for 10 minutes (not longer… or your concentrate will have a bitter taste to it).
Take out the tea bags and turn on the heat again. Add the brown sugar and bring to a boil while stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Now you can lower the heat and add the vanilla extract. Let simmer until it has a syrup-like texture.
Let the syrup cool completely before pouring it into a cute jar or bottle.
Now you can enjoy your chai tea or (soy) chai tea latte. You can even add some honey if you really have a sweet tooth. I personally take half a cup of soy milk, heat it up and froth it. Then, in a clean cup, I put about 2 tablespoons of my delicious chai tea syrup … fill up half the cup with hot water and add the frothed milk …. top it off with a little bit of ground cinnamon … et voilà!!!! Starbucks ain’t got nothin’ on me!!!! LoL
Have you ever made your own chai tea latte?