As a lifetime coffee drinker, tea is a relatively new world to me. Thanks to my KitchenAid® Glass Tea Kettle, however, not only have I come to love the comfort that a warm cup of tea brings to a long afternoon—I feel like an expert when I brew it! Although I enjoy my tea simply prepared, every now and then, the day calls for something extra special, like this Creamy Coconut Chai.
Consisting of brewed chai tea topped with a rich pour of coconut milk, this Coconut Chai offers a double hit of spice. The first comes from the chai tea itself; the second from the coconut milk, which I infused with classic warm chai flavors. It’s a cozy drink that tastes special enough for guests, but is quick and easy enough to whip up for yourself on a weekday afternoon.
To make the Creamy Coconut Chai, begin with a chai tea that you love. Although the KitchenAid® Glass Tea Kettle can handle both tea bags and loose tea leaves, I highly recommend opting for loose tea leaves. You’ll be rewarded with a more pure, intensely flavored tea. Plus, the Glass Tea Kettle makes brewing loose leaves an absolute breeze, so we might as well go for it!
One of my favorite things about the Glass Tea Kettle is that it takes the guess work out of brewing. As a tea novice, I didn’t realize how much the temperature of the water impacted the final flavor of the tea. It is critical! Different types of tea taste best when brewed at different water temperatures. I feel badly for all of the prior tea leaves that I scalded by topping them with excessively hot water. With the KitchenAid® Glass Tea Kettle, I simply select my type of tea (in this case, black for chai), then let it do the rest.
The chai tea is perfectly brewed with this Glass Tea Kettle. It was tempting to drink the entire glass right then and there, but I knew I wanted to add something a little extra special.
While the tea brewed, I heated coconut milk in my 1.5-Quart Saucepan from the KitchenAid® Stainless Steel 8-Piece Set with three of my favorite chai flavors: cinnamon, green cardamom, and fresh ginger. Bring to a near boil, then reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 minutes, until fragrant. Remove the 1.5-Quart Saucepan from the heat and let it steep 5 minutes. Finally, strain the milk through a mesh sieve into a small pitcher or spouted measuring cup.
The coconut milk was ready by the time the tea had brewed and tasted so heavenly, I caught myself eating it right out of the 1.5-Quart Saucepan with a spoon!
From here, all that remains is to strain the coconut milk right into the tea.
Since the coconut milk is infused, it adds decadence to the chai without diluting its iconic flavor, a complaint I’ve had with other tea-style lattes in the past. The coconut and cinnamon are a lovely combination, and the creamy layer of coconut milk on the very top is my favorite part of all. I cannot wait for you to take your first sip!
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Creamy Coconut Chai
Makes 2 servings
1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
3 whole cardamom pods
2 thin slices of fresh ginger, lightly mashed
1 cinnamon stick
Loose chai tea leaves (enough for 2 cups)
1-3 teaspoons honey or light agave nectar
In the 1.5-Quart Saucepan from your KitchenAid® Stainless Steel 8-Piece Set, combine the coconut milk, cardamom pods, ginger, and cinnamon. Bring to a near boil, then reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 minutes, until fragrant. Remove from heat and let it steep 5 minutes. Strain through a mesh sieve into a small pitcher or spouted measuring cup.
Meanwhile, brew two, 10-ounce cups of tea on the KitchenAid® Glass Tea Kettle‘s “black” tea setting. Divide the brewed tea into serving glasses, then top with the infused coconut milk. Taste and add honey or agave to desired sweetness. Enjoy warm.
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