Despite my best attempts at rationing my Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Latte, it’s almost gone, and Trader Joe’s isn’t coming to my town until late 2012. So what’s a girl to do? Well, make my own, of course. So I set off to research the magic formula that would emulate the Trader Joe’s concoction.
Was I successful? Not quite. I realized pretty quickly that the quality of ingredients was going to be my achilles heel in this endeavor. The recipe I was working from called for instant tea and powdered vanilla-flavored non-dairy creamer. On my first shopping trip, the only instant tea I could find was artificially lemon-flavored iced tea. Needless to say, it didn’t impart the richness that I was looking for. So I kept looking.
My search to find ingredients for homemade chai truly felt like an Odysseyan task. It involved several different stores, several different Wegmans’ locations, discussions with many “experts,” and much general mulling around.
Finally, one cold morning, I tasted my latest creation (I made over 5 attempts), and said to myself, “Mmmm. That’s really good.” That’s when I knew I had a winner.
Homemade Chai Latte
makes 6 oz, perfect for pouring into a Mason jar and giving away!
- 1/4 cup Indian Masala Black Chai Tea (I purchased this loose at Wegmans’ tea bar and had it ground in a coffee grinder, but this one from Amazon is a great choice)
- 3/4 cup dry milk
- 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cardamom (for best results,purchase whole pods, shell, and pulverize in a blender or coffee grinder — or just get these)