This quick and easy Maple Vanilla Chai Tea Latte is the perfect warm and cozy drink for chilly days and nights. No fancy equipment required!
The weather is definitely turning very chilly very quickly, and there’s nothing I like better than sipping on a hot drink to warm me up. This Maple Vanilla Chai Tea Latte is one of my favorites. It’s creamy, frothy, sweet and spicy. AND it’s super easy to make right at home!
If you’ve never had chai tea, it’s tea blended with a mixture of spices – usually cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves (and sometimes black pepper). The blend of spices varies depending on who makes it, but it’s got all those yummy warm fall spices in there!
By the way, did you know that the word chai actually means tea and is not the name of the spice mix? Yep, it’s true! The correct term for tea made with spices is masala chai – but the term chai tea has become so popular, that’s how most of us know it!
The secret to the ease of making this Maple Vanilla Chai Tea Latte is chai tea bags, so there’s no need to mess with a bunch of spices! If you buy a good quality chai tea that you love the flavor of, you will get all of that fabulous spicy chai flavor without all the fuss.
Now for the latte (milk) part. I like my lattes nice and creamy, so I use half tea and half whole milk. What about that wonderful frothy milk on top, you ask? Oh, yes, we’ve got foam too, and all you need to make it is…a whisk!
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:
- Chai tea bags
- Maple syrup
- Vanilla extract
HERE’S A QUICK LOOK AT HOW TO MAKE A MAPLE VANILLA CHAI TEA LATTE:
TIPS AND TIDBITS:
- I use two chai tea bags for a stronger flavor because I often find that one bag can be a little weak. I also let it steep for the full 5 minutes – and then I make sure to squeeze out the tea bags into my tea – because I really want to taste those spices!
- To use your time most efficiently (and so that your tea doesn’t get cold), heat the milk while your tea is steeping.
- When whisking the milk, I find that quickly whisking back and forth from left to right works better than whisking in a circular motion.
- An alternative method for making the foam is to put the hot milk in a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake it until frothy (use oven mitts or a towel because the jar will be hot!).
- You can make a “skinny” or dairy-free latte by using almond milk (the almond milk will foam with the whisk too!). The flavor is definitely different, and it’s not as creamy, but it works if that’s your thing!
My favorite time to enjoy this chai tea latte is in the evening after dinner or before bedtime (I use decaf chai tea bags) – so cozy and relaxing!
If you really love chai tea lattes and are always stopping by the coffee shop for one, just imagine how much money you can save by making your own at home for pennies rather than dollars!
I hope you try this Maple Vanilla Chai Tea Latte recipe and love it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!
Maple Vanilla Chai Tea Latte
- ½ cup water
- 2 chai tea tea bags
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup, add more or less to taste
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup whole milk
- cinnamon, for sprinkling on top
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Place the chai tea bags in a mug and add the water. Let steep for 3 to 5 minutes (or according to the directions on the package of tea). I like to steep mine for at least 5 minutes for a stronger chai flavor.
- While the tea is steeping, heat the milk in a small saucepan over low heat until hot (do not boil).
- Squeeze out the tea bags into your mug (be careful and use a spoon – the bags will be hot). Add the maple syrup and vanilla to the tea; stir to combine.
- Remove the milk from the heat and carefully whisk, using a quick left-to-right motion, until the milk is frothy and foamy.
- Pour the milk into the mug with the tea. Spoon any foam that is left behind in the pan onto the top of your latte.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
- An alternative method for foaming the milk is to place the hot milk in a mason jar with the lid on tightly and shake until foamy. Be sure to use oven mitts or a towel, as the jar will be hot!
- You can use almond milk instead of whole milk to make a “skinny” or non-dairy chai latte (the flavor will be different, and it won’t be as creamy).
- Use decaf chai tea bags for a relaxing nighttime sipper!