Maple Chai Tea Latte is a sweet and spicy hot drink to warm you up on chilly fall and winter days. Chai tea leaves steep in your choice of milk, then infuse with overtones of vanilla and lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup. Make in quantity for a brunch crowd or steep by the mugful for relaxing alone time.
It’s funny how seasons march right along without consulting me first. Just last week it felt like sultry summer. And then for a few days it was fall. And then just yesterday afternoon at the varsity soccer playoff game in Portsmouth, it’s all the sudden winter.
The wind just howled across that field. It was bitter and raw. I thought I was prepared with a down jacket, wool hat, gloves and even a scarf. But all that gear was still no match for that biting winter wind.
If you’re a New England soccer fan in fall, you know to expect every kind of weather. I’ve watched games in 90°+ heat with high humidity. I’ve watched games in sleet and snow. You just never know and it’s the luck of the draw around here.
Yesterday morning I was thinking about this Maple Chai Tea Latte and how I wanted to make a thermosful to bring along for the game. With the predicted forecast of low 40’s and big winds, I knew we’d want warm mugs of this in our freezing hands.
But I kept doing one thing after another getting ready to go. You know the beat. Emptying the dishwasher. Loading the dishwasher. Switching the laundry. Sweeping the floor. Wiping off the counters. Packing cold weather gear for me. And for Hudson. Granola bars for the crew, etc. By the time Jon dropped by to pick me up for the game I’d run out of time to make this drink. Maddening. And trust me, I thought about it the whole game!
In fact, I was still thinking about it when I woke up this morning. So first thing I steeped a delicious mugful. I know the craze seems to be pumpkin spice everything right now. (In fact I enjoyed an excellent pumpkin spice latte with a friend at Panera the other day.)
But I was in the seafood section at the local grocery store last week and there in the fish case is a pumpkin spice salmon staring back at me. No joke. Perhaps we’ve crossed the line with the pumpkin spice…
I think you’re going to love this Maple Chai Tea Latte. Naturally sweet and spicy. No artificial colors or flavors. Steam the milk of your choice. Almond, coconut or regular dairy milk all work fine. Add your chai tea bag and steep as you would a cup of tea. Stir in vanilla extract and pure maple syrup. Dust with cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice. Cup your hands around this warm mug and find a quiet nook to hide…
- Use your choice of milk.
- Use chai regular tea bags or decaf.
- Make this Maple Chai Tea Latte Recipe in bigger batches and keep in a pitcher in the fridge to heat for hot drinks on the go.
- It’s also delicious iced on warmer days.
Maple Chai Tea Latte Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups milk regular, almond, coconut etc.
- 1 -2 chai tea bags 2 for stronger flavor
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- Optional: ground cinnamon nutmeg or allspice
- Heat milk until steaming (not boiling) in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stovetop.
- Pour steaming milk over chai tea bag(s) in mug and steep 3-5 minutes.
- Remove tea bag(s).
- Stir in vanilla and maple syrup.
- Pour into a mug and serve hot.
- Optional : lightly dust with ground cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice
For four servings use
6 cups milk,
4 chai tea bags,
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and
4 tablespoons pure maple syrup.
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Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
We had our first snow-fall here, so I guess autumn is gone here. ;( But happy that you had the last glimpse of summer. You had me at the name, Allie. Maple Chai Tea Latte sounds so yummy. Love how it is a spicy and sweet hot drink. Indeed a perfect thing to have on chilly fall and winter days. Have a lovely weekend my friend.
Oh Allie!! I can just imagine the flavors! this is comfort in a cup!
Aunt Pinkie says
With your perfect description I can taste it now! I love chai tea! This combination sounds so good. The picture of your mugs filled with Maple Chai Tea Latte will be on my mind until I make one for myself. ?
Kristen Chidsey says
This sounds like the perfect drink to sip on a cold New England morning (when you can make time for yourself!!) And Pumpkin Spice Salmon–gross?!!!
Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen says
Love this flavor combo! So perfect for these crisp autumn days!
Danae @ Recipe Runner says
Wind in the winter is the absolute worst! It still feels almost summery in Colorado, supposed to be 82 today, but I know the snow can happen any time now. When it does I’ll be sipping on this latte. I love that you added chai and maple!
Dear Allie, this just sounds so soothing! I’ve never had a tea latte before but I love this homemade version. Adding to flipboard! xo, Catherine
Mmmm… sounds like something I could enjoy this Friday evening, when I cozy up on the couch a little later. ? Ps: I can’t help but notice the actual cups themselves – Beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend friend. XOXO
Thank you so much Carina. Yes, I love these mugs too. They’re made by a potter named Iris Minc in Massachusetts. She has a pottery shop called Purple Sage Pottery. I have four of these mugs and a fish shaped platter by her. I love using them – the mugs fit in your hand just perfectly. There is something about using pottery that someone made by hand, it is an experience aside from the food/drink. I hope you had a great weekend and that your Monday has started off well. xo
It’s true, there really is something so lovely about using handmade pottery. There is something about a beautiful glaze has such an affect on me. Thanks for sharing the story behind those gorgeous mugs… I’ll have to see if the artist has anything online that I can admire. Take care! ☕️
Allison - Celebrating Sweets says
Wow! This sounds amazing! I love chai tea, especially in the cold weather months, it’s so comforting.
Chai lattes are my favorite, love the addition of maple syrup!
I’m enjoying this lovely spicy hot beverage on a snowy New Years Day.
Thanks Allie! I’m thinking this tea and some warm snickerdoodles would be nice. Oh yes.
Yes….that would be PERFECT Cindi!
I’ve just seen a recipe for a maple latte like two minutes ago. Now I wonder what I would like to drink first: maple chai or maple coffee?
Ooo…sounds delicious Adina! I’ve had both maple coffee and maple chai. Tough choice because I love them both!
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says
Just what I need on a cold rainy day! A mug of this and a good book is all I need!
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
Hahah Allie – even though I got such a chuckle out of this “It’s funny how seasons march right along without consulting me first” I so can relate to it! It’s the opposite of cold down here in Atlanta – and with 85 on the forecast for today too, sounds like it’s gonna be a scorcher again – but – I would still love to have a warming and comforting and supa tasty mug of this in my hands!
Btw, I am a huge fan of pumpkin (I enjoy it year round) and use it often in curries and other savory dishes, but I never thought to actually use pumpkin pie spice in something savory – my mom uses cinnamon and cardamom in her curries so I am so totally intrigued by that pumpkin pie spiced salmon!
Happy Monday to ya sweet friend – hope this week is off to a wonderful start! xo
Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
Love the addition of maple to chai! I wish I was sipping one now!
Je crois que j’en besoin tout de suite! C’est addictif! So good! xoxo
Denise Q. says
Well this sounds so wonderful that I think I’ll make this for company I’m having later today.
Tracy Ferguson says
Looks good. I’ll for sure try this …