Brews, Bites & Bottles

DIY Chai [Latte]

Brews, Coffee SnobNatalie Wright
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Well, I tried out my new handheld milk frother. 

As a former barista, I had high hopes for the type of froth I could make at home, which were really unrealistic. Nevertheless, I decided to try making my first DIY latte.

My latte of choice? Homemade chai, mostly because it was the afternoon so I didn’t want to have caffeine (though I am a coffee addict, I cannot drink caffeine after 1 o’clock in the afternoon). I ended up making my own chai out of spices we had around the house and heating it with almond milk on the stove.

So, how’d it go?

Let me tell you. Handheld milk frothers are not nearly as good as the real thing. I loved that it made the drink extra creamy, but I’d have to give it 5/10 stars in the actual froth category. 

My homemade chai was more spicy than sweet. As someone who likes her chai more sweet than spicy, it was a little disappointing. But, that’s why we try new things to figure shit out, so now I know what to do differently next time. Here’s my (non-measured) spice breakdown in order of most to least amount used in the recipe:

  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Black Pepper

I combined these spices with the almond milk and whisked on the stove until it started to simmer. I also added vanilla extract and honey to the almond milk for some extra sweetness.

Once the flavors were combined, I turned off the heat and frothed the mixture right in the pot and poured into my mug.

And there you have it, folks. My DIY chai latte. Not my best creation, not my worst. But, I have high hopes for next time.