Boil 1 cup of water for the tea. Once the water has boiled, add your tea and steep for 3-5 minutes. We prefer a more robust tea flavor and usually let the tea steep for close to the full 5 minutes.
In the small saucepan, heat 3 ounces of your choice of milk until it reaches a low boil. Frothing the milk takes this recipe to the next level, but don’t worry if you don’t have a milk frother. Whisking vigorously or shaking the milk in a sealed container are both great ways to simulate frothing.
While the tea and milk are heating, make one shot of espresso. It can be tricky to get the timing right but don’t worry. It’s not a big deal if you have to wait for the coffee or tea to finish. We’re combining all hot ingredients so the final drink won’t get cold quickly
Measure out your spices. How much spice you want depends on taste, but a good starting point is 1-2 tablespoons of chai spice. If you are blending your own spices, start with ¼-teaspoon of each. With our recommended spices, ¼ teaspoon each makes a total of 1½ teaspoons of spices.
Combine the tea, espresso, and spices in a large mug and stir.
Add the milk and enjoy! A nice touch is to sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon over the top. This gives it a coffee shop feel and a pleasant cinnamon aroma.