Lots of chai latte virgins first found the sweet, spicy tastiness of chai at Starbucks. But it might surprise you to know that Starbuck’s chai isn’t actually a ‘real’ chai latte. Confused? Let us explain!
Chai latte is more than just a trendy drink order. It’s a philosophy, an ancient tonic originally designed to nourish body, mind and soul. It’s made with . The chai blends you find in big-chain coffee shops are usually a powdered blend made with loads of sugar, and a few spices (cinnamon, ginger). Sometimes they don’t even contain tea!
With REAL chai latte you get that warm, fuzzy comforting feeling x1000. It’s also really good for you so you don’t need to feel guilty for indulging yourself.
So if you’re here to make chai latte like Starbucks, but even better, you’re in the right place! Let’s begin…
How to make chai latte like Starbucks (but better)
2/ Pour over a small amount of boiling hot water – just enough to cover the chai (around 1-2cm deep). Then sweeten with your favourite sweetener. If you’re diabetic or avoiding sugar, use a natural sweetener like Stevia or Xylitol. If you’re not so sugar-conscious, we recommend agave syrup, carob syrup or vegan honey. Maple syrup is SUPER decadent if you’re feeling luxurious!
3/ Top up with 200-250ml milk depending on how strong/weak you like your chai. To make chai latte like Starbucks, you’ll want to use 250ml. The type of milk you use here is really important. You want to choose a creamy milk – we love good-quality soy milk, barista oat milk or homemade cashew or macadamia milk. Almond milk can be a little watery and the flavour can impair the spices and tea, so avoid this if you can. We’re team vegan here at Aura Chai, so we only advocate plant-based milks, but if you are set on drinking cow’s milk whole is best.
4/ Brew the chai! By now beautifully fragrant, spicy scents should be filling your kitchen. You’ll want to brew for 5-6 minutes, making sure the chai doesn’t boil.