It seems to be all the rage. Pumpkin spice latte. It’s in all the coffee shops. One coffee shop’s Facebook page announced that they refused to sell them before mid-October, not wanting to rush the holiday season, but also commented that they were mobbed with requests. As soon as it turns cool, people start looking for the warming comfort of spice.
The source of this drink craze is that paragon of Thanksgiving dinner, pumpkin pie. How beloved it is, warm from the oven, topped with whipped cream! Perhaps one Thanksgiving, as someone was enjoying a bite of pie followed by a sip of hot coffee, the idea was born to actually make the coffee taste like pumpkin pie.
Because of the similarity to the spices used in pumpkin pie, Chai is an obvious pairing with pumpkin. You can add chai directly to your pumpkin pie for simply perfect spicing. Or you can add pumpkin to your chai for a perfect Pumpkin spice chai latte.
Here’s a recipe adapted from and with thanks to Foodie with Family to use with Tipu’s Chai Now®.
Rich and creamy, it even has a serving of vegetables… well, almost!
Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte – with Tipu’s Chai Now®
For the Pumpkin Base:
• 1 cup real pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
• 1 cup light brown sugar
• 1 pinch of salt
For the Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte:
• 1 and 1/2 tsp.Tipu’s Chai Now® – The Simple Life
• 3 tablespoons Pumpkin Base
• 1 cup milk (cow, almond, coconut, soy, what have you…) the creamier the better!
• Additional brown sugar to taste
Optional for serving:
• Whipped Cream
• Cinnamon stick
To Make the Pumpkin Base:
Mix all of the base ingredients together. Scrape it into a clean jar with a tight fitting lid. May be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
To Make a Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte:
Pour 4 ounces of boiling water over the Tipu’s Chai Now – The Simple Life. Let it sit while you prepare the pumpkin milk.
Stir the Pumpkin Base and the milk together in a microwave safe 2 cup container or heat in a saucepan, stirring until smooth.
If microwaving, heat on high until steamy and frothy (between 2 and 3 minutes). If heating in a saucepan, heat over medium high heat until steaming hot.
Pour the hot milk into the Chai. Inhale deeply and enjoy the aroma!
Adjust sweetness to your taste. Serve as is or top with a thick cap of whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Add a cinnamon stick as a stirrer.
Chai photos courtesy of Whitney Cantlon
Pumpkin Pie photo from Morguefile.com
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