With the holidays quickly approaching there are going to be a lot of busy days and it’s nice to take a break every once in a while and enjoy a decadent drink. Pumpkin spiced latte is a good option that is easy to make at home and its also really good with tea rather than coffee! When I think about a pumpkin and spice tea I can’t help but think about chai tea which is a black tea that has a few aromatic and warm warm spices mixed in. The spices used in chai tea vary and for this pumpkin chai latte I like to go with some pumpkin inspired spices including cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger, along with more typical chai spices like cardamom and star anise. Of course you could keep things simple and just use bags of your favourite chai tea! Once you have the strong brewed chai tea you simply add it to some milk along with plenty of pumpkin puree and sweeten as desired. This pumpkin chai latte is the perfect way to relax and unwind or reward yourself after a busy day!
Pumpkin Chai Latte
An aromatic, smooth and creamy pumpkin chai latte with actual pumpkin in it!
- 1 cup brewed chai tea*, hot (see below)
- 2 cups milk (or milk substitute)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons sugar*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Heat everything in a large sauce pan until the milk starts to froth up but before it boils.
Option: Use different sweeteners like maple syrup, caramel sauce, dulce de leche, brown sugar, honey, etc.
Option: Strain the warmed latte for a smoother finish.
Option: Serve topped with whipped cream!
Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea
A richly aromatic and flavourful chai tea with hints of pumpkin pie spices.
- 4 cups water
- 4 black tea bags or 2 tablespoons loose leaf black tea (preferably assam tea)
- 1 star anise (or 1/8 teaspoon ground star anise)
- 4 green cardamom pods (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom)
- 1 stick cinnamon (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
- 6 cloves (or 1/8 teaspoon ground star anise)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg,
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Bring everything just to a boil, remove from heat and let it steep for 10 minutes.
Option: Replace the black tea, with oolong or red rooibos, etc.
Option: Add 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns or a pinch of chili flakes/powder for some warmth.
Option: Serve with sweetener and milk/cream to taste.