The only way to accurately describe a chai latte is simply a hug in a cup. A spicy, warming, comforting hug. One that just perfectly wraps around you and holds on tight. If you’ve never tried a chai latte you’re basically missing out on receiving the best hugs goin’ round. Let me clarify that I’m not talking about the powdered stuff, I’m talking about the real deal.
I discovered powdered chai latte’s at a very young age, I remember it so clearly because I truly believed it was the greatest drink that had ever touched my lips… Not that I had really had the opportunity to try that many drinks lets be honest. Walking around my primary school fair at 11 years old with my sister, there was one of those coffee vans parked on the oval, making an absolute killing might I add. Honestly, I’ve not got a clue why I ordered it, I’d never heard of it before, never even knew what it was; maybe I just thought it sounded cool? Exotic? Eh, who knows, all I can say is I thank my curious 11 year old self.
Fast forward a few years and I’m now the nutritionist to be, label checking foodie who discovered how much sugar is actually in that powdered chai and was slightly heart broken until… I ordered a chai latte and all of a sudden there was this little jug thingy, and a little strainer thingy and what on earth is happening I thought I ordered a chai?! Turns out there’s a real chai latte, and the powdered stuff is totally yesterday. The difference? Real chai uses whole spices, black tea and is sweetened with honey. It is unbelievably better. If you haven’t tried it and are still stuck on the powdered crap, PLEASE give my recipe a go. It’s perfect for the cooler weather that’s unfortunately setting in, and hey, a hug in a cup ain’t so bad in the cold!