CHAI TEA LATTE
© Bobby Flay | Cooking Channel
Total Time: 30 min
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
8 cardamom pods
8 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
2-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced, optional
6 black tea bags
1 cup whole or 2-percent milk
1 cup unsweetened regular or low fat coconut milk
2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup loosely packed light brown muscovado sugar*
Lightly crush the peppercorns, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon, and put in a medium saucepan. Add the ginger, if using. Add 6 cups cold water to the saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Let them steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, and let steep another 10 minutes.
Put the milks and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to simmer. Strain the tea mixture into the milk mixture and heat through for 1 minute. Whisk the mixture until frothy. Pour the tea into 4 mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks.
*Muscovado is a type of unrefined brown sugar with a strong molasses flavor. It is available online and at WalMart. It is more expensive, but it should last awhile.