Recently, I made the switch from coffee to tea (if you want to know why — here). One thing I really miss about drinking coffee is the frothy, delicate lattes I would order from mom & pop coffee shops. It’s one of those little pleasures in life that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Soul soothing goodness. I’ve been a tea drinker for many years as well, but I never enjoyed anything in my tea besides maybe some lemon. Even then, I prefer my tea “unadulterated” — loose leaf and hot water. That’s it.
I’ve always known about lattes in the world of coffee and espresso, but I was ignorant of the blissful world of tea lattes! So I’ve dabbled in that world a bit, here on the East Coast in quaint little Buffalo. I’ve found a few places that make a mean tea latte (if you’re in Buffalo and interested check out Roots Coffee & Tea and Daily Planet). I crave tea lattes from these two places every weekend. In a perfect world I would get one everyday. But money doesn’t grow on trees and spending $5 on a non-essential beverage everyday is out of the question for a poor grad student like me.
Home made tea lattes to the rescue! Making it at home — such a great solution to most financial struggles. If money is coming between you and enjoying something that brings you joy everyday, consider DIY. This goes for most things too, not just tea lattes (I’m talking beyond food). But for now we are sticking to food. Specifically tea lattes (I could write a whole blog on DIY and saving money).
Turmeric Chai Tea Latte
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: ~3-5 minutes
Total time: ~15 minutes
- 1 1/4 cups filtered water
- 3 chai tea bags (I used Turmeric Chai)
- 1 1/4 cup milk of choice
- 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Boil water and steep the tea bags according to the directions on the box or tin they came in. I steeped my Turmeric Chai for about 8 minutes.
2. While the tea is steeping, slowly heat the milk over medium low heat on the stove top. Bubbles will form around the rim of the pan and that’s when the milk will be ready.
3. Pour heated milk into a French press or other large pitcher/container with a spout. Use the French press itself to froth the milk by plunging up and down. Alternatively, you can use a hand-held milk frother (I ordered one off Amazon for less than $20 and it works great).
4. Divide the coconut sugar and vanilla between two of your favorite mugs. Remove the tea bags from the tea and divide the brewed tea between the mugs as well. Stir well to dissolve.
5. Lastly, pour the frothy milk over the two mugs. Enjoy immediately!
- You can make your own Turmeric Chai. Just brew regular chai tea and mix in 1/4 tsp of powdered turmeric into the milk while you heat it on the stove.
- You can absolutely use loose leaf tea for this recipe. Simply use 3 tsp of loose leaf chai tea instead of 3 tea bags (will probably taste even better)
- You can use brown sugar instead of coconut sugar
If you’re new to turmeric, this will have a distinct taste and you may want to begin with plain Chai. Some people do not like the taste of turmeric. If you aren’t new to turmeric and enjoy its taste, I think you will find that this recipe is a delicious treat! It was perfect for the blustery, windy day we are having here in Buffalo.
If you end up making this, please share it on your social media. I love to see people getting active in the kitchen and crafting up yummy food and drinks. If you’re an avid tea latte drinker like me, this will open the door to the endless possibilities of home made tea lattes. Enjoy!
Natalie, future RDN