Thursday, November 18, 2010

Chai Tea Latte Mix

I love chai tea. I love lattes. I can't afford to hit up Starbucks everyday in the winter to keep warm, so I like to whip up a batch of this chai tea latte mix and keep it on hand. I first got the idea when I was living with a roommate in '08 and she said she loved these lattes, too. Instead of a Starbucks gift card, I decided to search the 'net and create the mix for us to keep in our apartment. I placed some in a cute snowman jar I purchased at a department store (the kind with the rubber seal on the lid), tied a bow around it, found a little wooden spoon to go with it and bam! Instant present. And she loved it. Now around Thanksgiving time I like to make a batch since I know it's only going to get colder out. It makes quite a bit but keeps well. Or give some to your friends & family!

Chai Tea Latte Mix
Not sure where I picked this recipe up

¾ c. non-fat dry milk powder
1 ¼ c. powdered non-dairy creamer
1 ½ c. French vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer
2 c. sugar
1 ¼ c. brown sugar
2 c. unsweetened instant tea
2 tsp. ground ginger
2 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 ¼ tsp. cloves
1 ½ tsp. ground cardamom
1 ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. allspice
¼ tsp. finely ground white pepper

Mix all ingredients together. In a blender or food processor, blend 1 c. at a time until mixture is the consistency of fine powder. To serve: stir 2 heaping tablespoons of the mix into a mug of hot water. To make richer & creamier, use 2% milk instead of water.

I made it without the cardamom the first time because I didn't have any on hand and it was ridiculously expensive at the time. I didn't miss it. This time around, I'll be adding it since my sister brought me some. While I'm sure it'll be a great addition, as I said, it wasn't missed when not in the mix. Enjoy!

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