During the holidays, I love heading to Starbucks to enjoy the seasonal beverages. My favorites are the pumpkin spice latte and peppermint hot chocolate. But the one thing I avoid at Starbucks is chai. I simply don’t like chai made from a boxed syrup. Instead, I prefer to make it fresh from scratch at home. During the holiday season, I love making chai versions of holiday drinks. You may have already tried my pumpkin spice chai recipe, and here is a recipe for peppermint mocha chai. The best part is there are no pre-made syrups or artificial sweeteners! You can even make it sugar-free if you leave out the honey.
Peppermint Mocha Chai
- 1 tablespoon loose leaf tea, such as Assam or Darjeeling
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves (If you can’t find fresh mint at the grocery store in winter, substitute one peppermint tea bag)
- 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon honey, optional (I find the honey really brings out the mint flavor)
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup milk
(Makes 1 serving.)
- In a small saucepan, add the water, loose leaf tea, and fresh mint. (If you are using a peppermint tea bag instead of fresh mint, don’t add the tea bag now.) Bring the water to a boil. After it begins boiling, turn the heat off. Steep for 5 minutes. (Add the peppermint tea bag now if you are using it.)
- Use a tea strainer to strain out the tea and mint.
- Add the cocoa powder and honey, and stir well.
- Rinse the saucepan to remove any leftover tea leaves. Add the milk to the empty pot and heat the milk, but don’t let it boil. Add the milk to the tea.
Enjoy your fresh peppermint mocha chai!