Around this time of year my cheat day drink of choice is a chai tea latte. Something about that slightly spicy taste that’s settled by creamy frothy milk just gets me. Unfortunately, it’s not one of those drinks we can have all the time, but when they are needed, they are just NEEDED. A few weeks back when it was stormy here and I was freezing my scrunchy off, I made up a batch of my Matcha Chai Tea Latte mix to keep in the fridge as needed for the next few days of damp.
It’s SO my favorite weather (unless I’m doing a photoshoot) and it’s just the perfect excuse to curl up next to the fire, drinking a frothy Matcha Chai Tea Latte. If that doesn’t sound ideal to you, I don’t know what will. It’s by far the only hot beverage to get me through my morning chores or to push me to stay up a little later to find that PERFECT sugar cookie recipe. (That recipe already exists in Marilyn’s Soft Sugar Cookies). You catch my drift. It’s my companion in the darker months when I tend to just hole up inside and recipe test like a crazy person.
So here’s the deal. It’s very easy to make, and I’m betting you have most if not all of the ingredients in your cupboard as we speak.
My favorite frother is this Nespresso Milk Frother, but if you’re not in the market for something as expensive (I’ll admit, I feel super fancy owning this thing) there is always this little frothing wand that is super affordable and totes cute. I keep this chai mix in my fridge in a trusty mason jar for the whole week, and I use it whenever it’s needed. For example, when I’m already running late so I might as well take three more minutes to whip one together and comfort me into the work day. Or, when I’m freezing cold and I have 30 minutes to myself at home, enter a mug the size of a bowl and a good book. See where I’m going with this? Do you see yourself in these scenarios? You really should.
Before I forget, Happy Halloween! I think that’s what you say, right? Our tradition usually encompasses a jack-o-lantern shaped pizza, a pumpkin pie, and a viewing of The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’m not sure when these random traditions of ours started, but I look forward to them every year. The smallest details in my life can bringing me the biggest joys.
Also, can we all just agree that November crept up eerily fast? I’m not ready for it. In fact, I have SO much to do to make sure I’m bringing you some helpful holiday recipes! One of my most frustrating feelings is that I have a bunch of things I want to do/accomplish and a finite amount of time. I mean, one can only wake up SO early and stay up SO late. That being said, are there any recipes you just HAVE to have before the impending holidays? I’m all ears since I have a bazillion ideas and I’m going to have to dwindle them down to a reasonable amount.
Okay, I’m out of here! I hope the week has met you well so far. I’m thinking something that will help out Wed., Thur., Fri., would be a mason jar of this magic elixir to help you manufacture magical moments.
Matcha Chai Tea LattePrint Recipe
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons matcha
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 cups whole milk for frothing
Place the water, sugar, matcha, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon stick in a small sauce pan and mix together. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer together for 10 minutes and the remove from the heat to cool.
Use about 1/2 cup matcha chai mixture to 1/3 cup whole milk for each latte. Froth if desired. Add more or less milk to taste. Sprinkle top with a pinch of matcha.
Keep the matcha chai mix in fridge covered for up to 7 days.