Sometimes, a barista-blended, espresso-laden, frothy coffee shop concoction is necessary to start the day off right. Or at least, it’s a very tempting way to start the day. But at $4 (or more!) and often over 300 calories a pop, there’s a lot to discourage us from indulging, too. This recipe for a homemade dirty chai latte gives you the best of both worlds!
What is a “dirty chai,” you ask? Only the most delicious way to to drink coffee AND tea. That’s right, together! Chai is a spiced black tea, originating in India. A dirty chai involves a shot of espresso for an extra jolt of caffeine and a deeper, richer flavor and texture. Coffee and tea in the same beverage might sound strange, but the spiced tea holds its own here and compliments the dark coffee extremely well. With some milk and a dash of cinnamon on top, this is a warm, comforting beverage perfect for chilly fall days (and, a perfect alternative to hot cocoa if you’re looking for something less sugary).
For me, the best part of this recipe is the secret “trick” for foaming milk without a fussy, expensive espresso machine or milk steamer (thank you to The Kitchn!). This simple touch makes any homemade drink feel and look fancy enough to be from Starbuck’s, without shelling out a ton of cash!
- 1 chai tea bag (I use Tazo's version)
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup strong brewed (dark roast) coffee
- 1/3 cup milk
- sugar to taste
- Brew chai tea bag in boiling water. Remove tea bag.
- Pour coffee over tea.
- Put milk in a mason jar or plastic container with lid. Shake until frothy. Remove lid and microwave for 30 seconds. Pour milk into mug over tea and coffee, using a spoon to hold back the foam. Then scoop the foam onto the top of the drink.
- Top with a dash of cinnamon. Sweeten with sugar if desired.