As I mentioned in an earlier post, the “Quotidian Luxe” tag is all about creating a luxurious and special feel in your life. These posts are dedicated to appreciating little things and little moments that, despite their littleness, offer high quality experiences and deliver high impact in our lives. Embrace the small things, we say!
Today’s quotidian luxury is all about building a deliciously steaming frothy and warm-flavoured chai tea latte.
As it stands, chai tea is pretty luxurious on its own. With notes of cardamom, nutmeg, and clove, the aroma is strong and relaxing. Add some frothy steamed milk and you’ve just hit tea heaven.
Now, I’ve always ordered my CTLs from Starbucks, and as much as I love their tea, I wanted to indulge in some homemade, freshly steeped tea. I’m big on creating rituals in my life that calm, soothe, and relax both mind and body, and I find that brewing tea is really good for that. From breathing in the steam of the freshly boiled water, to gathering the wonderfully scented spices, the whole experience is very grounding.
Thus, we have a Chai Tea Latte, Little & Luxe style:
Choose your favourite black tea (Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Orange Pekoe, etc.), preferably loose leaf, and combine with some whole cloves, nutmeg, a cinnamon stick, and crushed cardamom in a tall mug. Pour boiling water over the tea, cover, and let steep for 7-10 minutes. If you prefer your chai on the spicier side, you can boil the above ingredients for roughly 15-20 minutes in a pot on the stove.
As the tea is steeping, froth and steam your milk. I used the milk-frothing-apparatus below. You can froth and steam milk without such an apparatus (not too sure what it’s called… milk frother?) – here’s how!
Let your milk set for a few moments, it will make the foam thicker and creamier. To sweeten the tea, avoid using granulated sugar because it doesn’t mix as well and use simple syrup instead. If you don’t have some on hand (which we almost always do chez nous), it’s actually super easy to make. Here’s a link to Martha Stewart’s recipe.
Once your tea has steeped and your foam has become nice and creamy, stir some syrup into the tea, then pour in the milk while reserving the foam with a spoon. Once you’ve stirred everything in, add the foam and voila! Yummy, delicious, homemade Chai Tea Latte.