This time of year, a dirty chai latte is one of my go-to coffee orders. It’s warm, spicy, and subtly sweet. It’s similar to a pumpkin spice latte, except it never goes out of style or season. They are particularly my favorite during the winter months.
It’s the type of latte that I want to sip on at home while I’m sitting on the floor wrapping Christmas presents and watching Christmas movies. Chai tea can have many different variations. It’s great with a few shots of espresso, frothy almond milk, whipped cream, freshly ground nutmeg, or even a shot of whiskey if it’s a chilly Saturday morning. The options with chai are aplenty and it will cost you a fraction of the price that you would pay at Starbucks!
To make chai tea: Simply brew up a fresh cup of hot water and mix with a few tablespoons of the chai concentrate. I love using my OXO electric kettle for this instead of waiting for water to boil (who has time for that?!). This kettle has a permanent spot on my countertop because of how easily and quickly it boils water. Plus, it’s so chic and makes me feel like a scientist with its clear and sleek design.
A chai latte is steamed milk and a chai concentrate blend. To make them at home, I just froth up a jug of my favorite almond milk and pour it over a few tablespoons of chai concentrate mix.
My Capresso milk frother is by far my favorite new small kitchen appliance. I know without a doubt I’ll be brewing up fresh hot chocolate with this frother all winter long.
A dirty chai latte is ‘dirty’ because it usually has 1-2 shots of espresso. This is actually the way I prefer a chai latte because you get the wonderful taste of chai with the added caffeine of coffee.
They certainly can be! The recipe for today’s concentrate calls for a moderate amount of sweetener. If you want the blend to have less sugar, just go ahead and reduce the amount of sugar added.
And of course, you can't forget a sprinkle of nutmeg on top! I used my Swissmar Nutmeg Mill to grind some fresh on top of my lattes.
Concentrate makes 10-12 drinks
To Make the Chai Tea Concentrate:
To Make the Chai Tea:
To Make the Chai Tea Latte:
To Make the Dirty Chai Tea Latte: