Experience the cozy comfort of a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte at home with this easy-to-make recipe. This delightful beverage blends the aromatic spices of Chai Masala Powder with the richness of black tea and milk. Its frothy texture and subtle sweetness, enhanced with brown sugar, make it a perfect choice for chilly winter days or when you're in the mood for a special homemade treat.
Inspired by Starbucks' popular version, this recipe simplifies the process, requiring no special equipment and taking less than 15 minutes to prepare. It captures the essence of traditional Masala Chai, infusing it with a modern twist. Whether you're a fan of the classic latte or fancy a Dirty Chai Latte with a hint of espresso, this homemade version is sure to satisfy your cravings.
Preparing this Chai Tea Latte is straightforward with ingredients readily available in most kitchens or local grocery stores. Here's what you'll need:
- Black Tea Powder: The base of the latte. Orange pekoe black tea is recommended for its rich flavor, but feel free to substitute with your preferred black tea powder or tea bags.
- Chai Masala: A blend of aromatic Indian spices, ground into a powder, that gives the tea its unique warm and spicy character.
- Milk: Whole milk is ideal for creating a frothy, Starbucks-style latte. However, for a vegan-friendly option, you can opt for oat milk, almond milk or other non-dairy alternatives.
- Brown Sugar: A touch of sweetness. The recipe uses a minimal amount for a mildly sweet flavor, but you can adjust the quantity to suit your taste.
- Whipping Cream (Optional): Adds a luxurious touch to the iced version of the latte. This ingredient is optional and can be omitted if preferred.
How to make Chai Tea Latte?
Get ready to whip up a delightful Chai Tea Latte that's as good as your favorite Starbucks version! Follow these simple steps, perfectly captured in photos and videos, to make this warm, spiced beverage at home.
Explore Beverages from Around the World!
- Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Dirty Chai Latte
- Masala Chai
- Bubble Tea
- Thai Tea
- Cold Brew Coffee
- Mocha Coffee
- Vietnamese Coffee
- Mexican Hot Chocolate
Starbucks Chai Tea Latte Copycat
- 2 tsp Black Tea Powder
- 1½ cup Milk
- 1½ cup Water
- ¼ tsp Chai Masala
- 2 tsp Brown Sugar
- Whipped Cream, optional
- Cinnamon Powder, to garnish
To make Chai Tea Latte
- In a saucepan, combine water, black tea powder, and Chai Masala Powder. Alternatively, you can use a mix of individual spices as in the Masala Chai recipe.
- Stir the mixture and let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Then, remove it from the heat and set aside.
- In a different saucepan, heat 1 cup of milk with brown sugar until it puffs up.
- After removing the milk from heat and allowing it to cool slightly, transfer it to a heatproof glass jar. Secure the lid and shake vigorously until the milk becomes frothy. Keep this frothed milk aside.
- Using a fine-mesh strainer, filter the chai tea concentrate into a serving glass, filling it up to one-third.
- Gently pour the frothed milk over the chai tea concentrate in the glass. Sprinkle some cinnamon powder on top. Your Starbucks Copycat Chai Tea Latte is now ready to be enjoyed.
For Iced Chai Latte
- To prepare an Iced Chai Tea Latte, first let the prepared Chai Tea Concentrate cool down completely. Then, pour it into a glass filled with a generous amount of ice cubes. Next, add cold milk over the concentrate and finish by topping it with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder, creating a refreshing and flavorful beverage.
- Savor this delicious Starbucks Chai Tea Latte copycat recipe whenever you desire a gourmet-style drink or need a warm, comforting beverage during cold winter days.
Chef's Notes and Tips
- Taste and Flavor: The key to the authentic taste of this latte is the Chai Masala Powder. However, for a more personalized touch, you can use individual spices like ginger, cinnamon, pepper, star anise, and cardamom, similar to traditional Masala Chai.
- Frothing: For that classic Starbucks frothy texture, whole milk is your best bet. But, if you're making an iced version, consider using heavy whipping cream for an extra creamy touch.
- Frothing Technique: A simple glass jar can be effective for frothing milk. Alternatively, milk frother equipment can also be used to achieve similar results.
- Vanilla Twist: For a unique twist, add a dash of vanilla essence to your latte.
Disclaimer: We’re not nutrition experts. Nutritional info is estimated and should be used as a guide. For precise details, consult a professional.
Dive into our diverse range of latte, coffee, and tea recipes, suitable for every season. Whether you're seeking a comforting drink for chilly winters or a cool refreshment for summer days, our collection offers the perfect choice for any occasion and preference, ensuring a satisfying sip every time.
Storage and Serving Suggestions
- Storage: Keep the filtered chai concentrate in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week. This allows for quick and easy preparation whenever you crave it. Simply froth the milk and add a sprinkle of cinnamon powder to serve.
- Serving Suggestions: This frothy Chai Tea Latte is ideal for warming up during colder weather, thanks to its heat-inducing ingredients. It's perfect for evening tea time or whenever you're in the mood for a café-style beverage.