A Nice Calm Buzzzzz – Chocolate Chai Latte
Dealing with winter can be a hassle. This half-hot chocolate/half-chai latte is a 100% relaxing way to unwind after a wintery commute home or wrestling with the snow blower. But the beauty of chai is that it won’t put you to sleep, either. The caffeine in black tea is delivered with calm-inducing naturally occurring L-theanine, giving you a jolt without the jitters. You’ll still have the energy to run around with the kids but be less bothered about that weird look your boss gave you at the end of the day. Plus, chai and chocolate are tasty as heck when mixed together. That signature chai spice blend and the deliciousness of cocoa might make you drink it too fast. Have a sip, take a deep breath and picture your boss in a funny hat.
- 3 cups water
- 4 chai tea bags
- 1 cup milk
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Boil 3 cups of water. Pour into a large pot, add the tea bags and steep for 5-7 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the milk, sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla in a small pot on the stove over medium heat, whisking until the milk is heated and the sugar and cocoa powder are dissolved. Do not allow the milk to boil.
Add the milk mixture to the tea and stir to combine.
Remove the teabags and serve hot. Can be easily reheated, but the chocolate mixture tends to settle, so be sure to stir before serving.