If you have been around a while you have come to know (and hopefully love) our Monday K-cup coffee recipes. I love fun, easy to make coffee drinks! They are a simple indulgence that can usually be made with ingredients already in your kitchen. There will be no running to the local coffee shop around here, no sir, we have Keurig’s in our kitchen that make these recipes easy peasy.
The past few weeks I have been sharing some really fun recipes that I hope you have enjoyed trying (I know I have, especially the coffee sorbet…yummy!). I would like to continue our run of coffee house basics. If you know how to make a few staple coffee drinks you can use them in hundreds of recipes. Today we will learn how to make a coffee house favorite… Chai Latte.
As you learned in my previous Cafe Latte recipe, Latte simply means steamed milk. Chai is flat-out delicious with or without milk. For those of you watching your calories, Chai is an excellent zero calorie sweet treat. I have used it as an evening “dessert” and as a filler with my meals. Somehow if you add a mug of Chai to a small meal it makes it seem so much more filling!
So what is this mysterious Chai and how the heck do you pronounce it??
Chai is pronounced ch – eye. The word chai means tea. Chai comes from the Persian form –chay. This is a derivative of the Mandarin Chinese form – chá. Chai is also known as, masala chai. Masala chai translates to mixed black tea. When we say chai in the United States, we are usually referring to masala chai. Otherwise, we simply say tea.
What is masala chai? This variation of chai is a fragrant, spiced black tea that originated in India. Traditionally, masala chai is a rich blend of black tea, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, cloves and star anise. It has a relaxing and smooth flavor that is easy on the palate. Chai sweetly awakens the senses with its rich aroma.
There are a few varieties of Chai Kcups available in the market but, we have chosen to carry the best. I have tried them all and the Celestial Seasoning India Spice Chai Tea Kcups are a clear winner when it comes to taste and aroma.
Celestial Seasonings Original India Spice Chai Tea Kcups are blended from premium teas combined with natural spices and exotic flavors. Now you can brew this irresistible elixir yourself, at the touch of a button, with your Keurig Brewer. Sweeten with sugar or honey, then add milk or your favorite substitute. Enjoy the health benefits of antioxidant-rich tea and spices, and savor the intriguing taste that stands apart from the crowd.
Ingredients: Black tea, cinnamon, ginger root, roasted chicory root, cloves, cardamom, natural flavors, nutmeg, black pepper, Chinese star anise, and vanilla bean.
This Kcup is the perfect base for a homemade Keurig Kcup Chai Latte. It is strong enough to hold up to the milk without losing any of its rich flavors.
Lets get to the recipe:
You will need:
1/2 cup of whole milk (or your favorite substitute)
Heat the milk in the microwave or over a stove top to desired temperature. Pour milk into a blender, blend for 1 minute. While you are waiting brew your India Spice Chai Tea Kcup on the lowest water setting of your Keurig brewer. Slowly pour the milk on top of the Chai. Tops with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and/ or Ground Cloves.
Sip and enjoy!