Chai Lattes and Hot Caramel Apple Cider: Printable Version

Chai Lattes

Recipe adapted from the Stash Tea Company

Ingredients:

  • 10 standard-sized Chai teabags (I prefer the Stash brand.)
  • 7 cups cool fresh water
  • 1 cup whole milk plus additional milk for frothing
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sugar, depending on how sweet you like your chai
  • Optional: whole cinnamon sticks for a flavorful garnish

Combine water, milk and sugar in a large, heavy-bottomed pan.  Add the teabags to the liquid and bring to a boil, partially covered.  Remove cover and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove and discard tea bags.  Pour chai into a tea pot (or into a Mason jar with a lid for storage in the refrigerator.)

To froth milk, use a handheld frother or pour at least 1/4 cup of milk into a blender and process until fluffy.  Put milk in a microwave safe container,uncovered, and heat for between 30 seconds and 1 minute, depending on the strength of your microwave.  Watch closely, because the milk expands and wants to boil over.

To serve, fill a mug 2/3 full with the hot chai.  Spoon the frothed milk over the tea until you reach the rim of the mug.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick.  Use the cinnamon stick to swirl the hot milk and chai together.

Hot Caramel Apple Cider

Ingredients per serving:

  • 6 ounces (3/4 of a cup) fresh apple cider
  • 1 Tablespoon dulce de leche or caramel sauce
  • Heavy whipped cream, to taste

Heat apple cider in a saucepan or in the microwave just until steaming.  Stir in a generous tablespoon of dulce de leche or caramel sauce until it is completely melted.  Top the cider with whipped cream just before serving.