This Chai Latte recipe was a labor of love. I adore a good cup of chai, but heavy on the milk (latte). I drink it iced, hot, room temperature, you name it, I love it.
I originally set out to make Chai concentrate, in the Instant Pot, which failed miserably, but I had fun drinking my failures (generally).
It started when we picked up some buckwheat honey, which had the consistency and color of molasses and we used that in the chai. Well, we couldn’t get more of the buckwheat honey, it was a special deal at the local farm, so we went with mixing honey with molasses in the chai, and what a treat!
Additionally, I learned that the instant pot is NOT the way to go, especially since I’m still, months later, scrubbing my Instant Pot liner with Bartender’s Friend cleanser.
I make it on the stove top and it takes about as long as it took in the Instant Pot, so I’m pretty satisfied in that regard. I’m even MORE satisfied with the outcome of the flavor.
There are two no longer secret ingredients in this recipe. White peppercorns, which can be harder to find than black peppercorns. But the flavor they bring is SO worth it. I recommend an order from the big smile folks that you can split up with your friends. Or hoard for yourself, I’m not judging!
The other special flavor is molasses. Yup, just a little with the honey after the chai has been strained and it’s amazing. My roommate likes it with honey and molasses and I like a little vanilla sugar and a little honey, but definitely include some molasses.