Unless you live on a privately-owned tropical island (by the way, it’s SO nice to meet you — can I come visit?), you’ve likely heard of a little beverage called the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. Or, PSL. I’ve heard of it, too. I even tried it, once. And so it is with complete assuredness that I can make the following claim: the Pumpkin Pecan Chai Latte recipe I’m about to share will leave you asking, “PS Who?”
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I’m sure that somewhere on this planet there exists a person who doesn’t enjoy the taste of chai. I can’t say I’ve ever met that person, but he or she is probably out there. What is not to love about the deep spice and rich flavors that make up a good cup of chai? Cardamom, ginger, nutmeg and clove mix and mingle with a hint of black pepper for an aromatic spiced tea that warms from the inside out.
In my house, we are tea connoisseurs. We opt strictly for the loose leaf variety of tea and brew up the perfect pot each morning with our slightly-expensive-but-worth-every-penny Breville Tea Maker. We used Masala Chai from Adagio to create this recipe, but if you prefer the convenience of chai tea bags, that works just fine.
Here’s where we kick this Pumpkin Pecan Chai Latte up a notch: we use a creamy homemade roasted pecan milk to infuse nutty depth of flavor. A little scoop of pumpkin gives this decadent latte just the right amount of richness. And then — you’re not going to believe what we’ve done next — we add a dollop of homemade bourbon whipped cream to seal the deal. Sprinkle a bit of nutmeg or chai spice over the top and you’ve got yourself one eye-opening latte my friends.
- Heat the water in a small saucepan over medium heat until it reaches 212º. Divide water between two large mugs. Insert one chai tea bag into each mug and allow it to brew for approximately eight minutes or until it reaches your desired strength. Remove tea bag and discard.
- Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and one tablespoon of pumpkin to each mug. Stir until dissolved.
- Stir 1/4 cup pecan milk into each mug.
- Top each latte with 2 tablespoons bourbon whipped cream.
- If you prefer loose leaf tea, the Breville Tea Maker brews up a perfect pot every single time.
- If you can't find and don't want to make pecan milk, you can sub in any nut milk or cow's milk.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274