I’ve never been one to get excited over fancy drinks; however, I’ve developed a mild chai latte addiction over the past couple months. At four bucks a pop my love of the latte has not paired well with my desire to get out of debt, so I’ve been getting creative. I found that it is incredibly simple (and incredibly yummy) to make chai tea latte’s at home!
First, make the chai tea concentrate in bulk. You can store this in the fridge so it’s ready to go whenever a craving hits.
What you’ll need:
6 Chai Tea bags
5 Cups Water
Milk or Almond Milk
Optional: Heavy Cream (I typically use Horizon Organic Heavy Whipping Cream)
Optional: Immersion Blender
Directions: To make the Chai Tea concentrate bring hot water to a boil. Turn off the heat and add your tea bags. Let these steep for a while to get the maximum flavor out of the tea. I let mine sit for 30 minutes. Then pour yourself a cup of tea and store the rest in the fridge for later use.
Add your milk or cream of choice to the mug. I’ve found that 1/8th to 1/4th cup of whole milk is perfect, but everyone’s taste is different. If you happen to have an immersion blender whip up your mixture until it’s nice and frothy! I mix everything right in the mug, but be careful and go slow or you will have a huge whipped mess on your hands! Using an oversized mug, like the one pictured, is also helpful.
On day two (or later that same day…no judgement here!) when you want to make a latte from your concentrate, heat up the concentrate and milk either in a pot on the stove or in the microwave. Pour into your mug, blend, and enjoy!
Tip: If you want some extra decadent froth add a dash of heavy cream. It’s super yummy and makes me feel oh so fancy!
I just finished this book! No, you haven’t been transported back to 2007, I am just that far behind pop culture.
Forgive me, I was in a architecture school haze around the time the book, “Eat, Pray, Love” came out. I’ve just recently resurfaced after grad school and a whole lot of licensing exams. This book was the first “just for fun” read I’ve had in quite a while. When Katie Dalebout over at The Wellness Wonderland (awesome blog – check it out!) suggested a book club and sang the praises of this particular book I decided to check it out. Once I cracked it open I could not put it down!
I have been on a spiritual journey for a long time now, and have recently decided to make some big moves spiritually, so I could relate to the vast array of emotions and experiences Elizabeth Gilbert describes. Her story gives me hope that prayerfully I too will one day be at peace. I have embarked on an inner journey. I won’t be hopping a flight to India to meditate for six months (although that sounds amazing), but I am going to start taking this meditation business seriously. I am also looking forward to exploring different ways in which people, throughout history and across different cultures, have connected to the divine. That is what I want. More than anything else. To connect with God, to know the divine One, and to be secure in Him.
I’ll leave you with a couple quotes:
“I want God to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on the water.”
“Some days are meant to be counted, others are meant to be weighed.”
-Elizabeth Gilbert, “Eat, Pray, Love”
If you’re as out of touch as I am and also haven’t gotten around to reading this book then go! Buy it! Read it! You can thank me later!