Homemade Chai Latte
A lot of places the summer has turned into winter. At this time of year it´s good to have drink that both warms and helps our immune system. You can buy chai latte at most cafes and coffee shops, but these are unfortunately very often sugar bombs made with little care. When you make it home you can even check what's in it and drink it with the best conscience!
Recipe by Kristin Alvestad
You need this:
- Fresh ginger
- Whole black pepper corn
- Cinnamon pole or powder
- Vanilla powder / vanilla bean
- Black tea (preferably a bag of chai tea)
- Whole cardamom
- Milk, preferably soya or almond milk. Oat or rice milk can be used, but gives a slightly different taste.
Ginger strengthens the immune system with lots of vitamin C, copper, potassium and magnesium. In addition, is anti-inflammatory, stimulates blood circulation and is disinfectant.
Cardamom has essential oils with properties that help digestion and combustion, are antiseptic and soothing.
Honey contains antibacterial substances that give it a very long shelf life. Is also calming and lowering.
This is what you do:
Crush the cinnamon sticks and cardamom in a mortar or with your fingers. Mix with sliced ginger, vanilla powder, whole black pepper corn and black tea in a kettle with 2-3 dl cold water. Give the mixture a boil. Turn the temperature down and allow the pouch until the the water is reduced to about 0.5 dl. Strain the mixture into a cup of tea. Leave it a little while until the temperature has fallen below 80 degrees, then add a good teaspoon of honey. If one has honey in a boiling bag it loses it´s active substances. Give the milk a boil, remove the plate and let the temperature sink before you pour it into the tea cup.
Enjoy on a cold winter day!