Homemade Chai Latte

  • 6 cardamoms
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 0.5 tbsp ground ginger (more if you want it spicy, fresh ginger may also be used)
  • dash of black pepper (more if you want it spicy)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • About 4 tsp of sugar, or to taste
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 3 cups of soy, almond or cow’s milk
  • 1 cup of water
  1. Boil water in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add the spices and tea bags.
  3. Cover and let simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and steep for another 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add milk and sugar, return to heat and bring to desired temperature while stirring.  Do not let it boil, or it may scald.
  6. Strain out into cups.

Hot Caramel Apple Cider

Bre adores the Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice drink and I admit it, I’m quite the fan myself.  We’re just not a fan of shucking out the bucks for it.  So naturally, I’ve been experimenting to get a close facsimile to the real thing and I think I’ve got it!  I thought I would give you the recipe using the most common size container apple cider comes in just to make life that much easier. You’ll have to excuse the not-so-good image, I was organizing the kitchen while this was brewing and really didn’t have the space to set up a nice display with lighting and all that jazz.  [Btw, those awesome mugs in the picture are from artist Mickey Mueller!]

  • 2 quarts Apple Cider (apple juice works as well but you’ll need to add mulling spices) – Save the container!
  • 3/4 cup caramel syrup or dipping caramel (the stuff you pour over ice cream that is more liquid than regular caramel)
  • 1 Tablespoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Options: whipped cream for top or sweetened almond milk to cool, honey to taste


  1. Add all the ingredients (except the optional ones) into your crockpot.
  2. Stir thoroughly.
  3. Set your heat for “low”.
  4. Set your timer for 4 hours.
  5. Go do something else.
  6. Come back after 4 hours and serve hot with honey, milk and/or whipped cream.
  7. Let any remaining cider cool, pour into the cider container  you saved from earlier and refrigerate.
  8. To enjoy at a later point in time, pour mix into a mug, microwave till desired temperature, add milk/whipped cream or honey.