Chai Tea Latte Recipes

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Fragrant and delicious, Chai tea latte is wonderful served hot or over ice. This page contains chai tea latte recipes.


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I love the Chai Lattes that all the places are coming up with, but I'm cheap and I don't like the prices. However, I found this great recipe for an Indian spice chai that's out of this world!



Bring all but the tea to a boil. Add the tea, shut off the heat, and cover. Let steep about 2 minutes, strain, and add sweetening. This is fabulous cooled and poured over ice also!

Source: This recipe came from a book by Monica Bhide called The Everything Indian Cookbook.

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November 16, 2007

What spices do I add to (one cup) spiced chai latte?



November 18, 20070 found this helpful

I have made my own chai tea for years.

3 cups cold water
6-8 tea bags
1 1/2 cups sugar ( or more if you have a sweet tooth)


2 cinnamon sticks,
1 1/2 tablespoons of cloves
1 teaspoon of ginger

Bring the water to a boil, then add the tea bags, cinnamon, cloves and ginger and simmer for 15 minutes. Then add the sugar and simmer for 30 minutes or until the mixture is thick and soupy. ( You are basically making a syrup concentrate) Then strain Add Vanilla and keep in a sealed container in the fridge.

When you are ready to try it, add to milk ( hot or cold, depending on how you like it) I usually use 1/3 cup of concentrate to 1 cup of milk.

The concentrate usually keeps for 2 or so weeks in the fridge. :)

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By Teri. (Guest Post)
November 28, 20070 found this helpful

I just made a hot chai latte, I have chai tea bags by lipton. I microwaved one bag in a mug, then added "French vanilla" ice cream.


It has a few spices of it's own and a tsp. of sugar. It's so good.

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By Marti (Guest Post)
December 1, 20070 found this helpful

I buy the Tazo brand of Chai Tea tea bags. I'm pretty sure that's the exact brand Starbucks uses to make their chai tea. I just microwave a mug of milk for about 2 mins and then let the bag steep in the milk for a while. Once I think it's ready, I add about 1 tbs of sugar and voila! I think it's almost exactly like Starbucks. Hope this helps!

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By Lea (Guest Post)
December 28, 20070 found this helpful

I have the "Shonfelds" brand of chai latte from Shoppers and to my surprise they don't have a recipe for me. It includes spiced chai instant mix, vanilla sugar and cinnamon stick. Can anybody help me out?

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By Julia (Guest Post)
January 8, 20080 found this helpful

Can anyone give me a recipe for instant chai tea that has a chocolate taste? Thanks! - 01/08/08

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By Colette (Guest Post)
February 26, 20080 found this helpful

Chai Recipe:
3-4 parts formosan tea (a tannin-free black tea, necessary so that you can boil the chai for sufficient time to bring out the flavor)


2 parts crushed cinnamon sticks
2 parts sliced fresh ginger, cloves
1 part cardamom pods
1 part bay leaves
0.25 part star anise (a tiny piece)
1 part black peppercorns (optional)

Method: Simmer ingredients in approx. 2 liters of water for 20-30 minutes, (reducing water to about 1 liter or more in the process. Strain, add honey, cool and store in sterilized bottles in the fridge. Will keep for at least two weeks.

This makes a delicious chai latte, or you can ladle it directly from the pot into mugs with milk and honey when having guests over in cold weather. I used to serve it at about midnight at my parties at university - it was a real hit!

To make chai latte, fill about 1/3 of your mug with the chai syrup and top with frothed milk and cinnamon powder. (Sorry, I don't know the imperial system so I've used metric.)

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March 29, 20080 found this helpful

I just purchased a 32oz container of TAZO Chai tea concentrate on eBay - it does not provide directions for making an individual serving - any suggestions ??

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By meg (Guest Post)
April 26, 20080 found this helpful

I love how you all say, "almost as good as Starbucks," and I think Starbucks is maybe halfway as good as where I get my Chai Lattes. (And they're cheaper, too.) For those of you who read it and see "latte", there's no coffee in this. Thank you very much.


I was looking for a recipe because I'm sick of having to settle for Starbucks in the morning, and my usual cafe is not on my way to work. I have some chai tea bags, so I think I'm going to try steeping them in milk.And I will definitely ask my friend who is the world's best barista...

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By Lily (Guest Post)
September 16, 20080 found this helpful

Down where I live,there is a very small, cheap place where I get my chai latte'. I must say it is way better than the Starbucks no doubt about it. Its called Mountain Mudd Espresso..and WOW I am addicted to the Chai Latte they make there. If I could make my own and have it taste like the way it taste there. Man I'd always make it and be addicted to it even whole life maybe.

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By FD (Guest Post)
September 24, 20080 found this helpful

You love Chai? This has become a favorite of all my friends... it's like drinkning creamy gingerbread. It's quick and portable. (You can throw the ingredients in a bag and search for a hot water source...)


Brew one Chai Teabag in desired amount of water, depending on the strength you enjoy.

My personal favorite is Twinings Indian Chai Spiced Tea.

When ready pour into cup and stir in 1-2 tablespoons of General Foods International Coffee Sugar Free Chai Latte. Add sweetner, if needed.

LOTS better than Starbuck's Chai!!

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By Just Me (Guest Post)
October 26, 20080 found this helpful

Bigelow makes a vanilla chai tea that is affordable, tastes great and is easy to prepare. Simply steep a bag in water, add sweetener to taste, add milk to taste and Viola'! I have also tried steeping it in milk and adding a touch of honey. Either way, delicious!

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October 26, 20080 found this helpful

Starbucks uses the TAZO CHAI liquid concentrate, or at least they used to. It was available at publix for a while, and I would just mix it w equal parts vanilla soy milk. (I always get soy milk at Starbucks, and their soy milk is vanilla flavored).
I also really like the instant Chai mix from Oregon Chai, it's like a pack of hot cocoa, just add water, but it's yummy spicy Chai! :)

Recently I've ben using the Chai Tea K Cups from TIMOTHY for my Keurig brewer. They are a bit weak, but I add sugar free vanilla liquid creamer.. It's good, but I think I'm gonna buy some of the general foods instant chai as recommended in an earlier post and add a tsp to kick it up a bit, and give it more body.

Oh, and recently on a trip to Starbucks, asking for my usual "venti soy chai latte", the girl asked if I wanted the water added to it. I'd never been asked that before, so said, "ummm, no". So every time since, I say "no water please". I went to a different Starbucks, and said "no water please", the chic said, "oh, you have to have the water added, it's part of the recipe. We add water to the top of the sirens head on the cup", which is like a cup and a half of water at least! The difference is huge! All this time I was paying for a cup of water, with a bit of spice and soy added.

I haven't been to any others in town to see if they would let me request no water, (but I plan to). So I'm not sure if there just happens to be someone at the one that I go to that suggested it and now everyone at that store offers it, or what. But you would think if other people can ask for "half caf, no foam, upside down, low whip, blah, blah, blah", Ii can ask for no water, even if maybe they charge extra for the extra soy milk or something.Though the usual spot doesn't.
Sorry for the starbucks rant. Love the chai!

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By SbuxBarista (Guest Post)
November 22, 20080 found this helpful

To nodwink:

I am a starbucks employee, and we (as in all starbucks stores) do add water to our concentrate. That is because it is a >>concentrate<<. It's in our beverage resource manual as such, and on the recipe card to be made that way. I don't know why someone would ask you if you would like water in it, that's like asking if you want water in your tea misto. That's the customer's prerogative, not ours, unless of course the customer tells us they're looking to change to flavour to something a little different.

Some people do, however prefer it without water and it does have a slightly different taste. It's not that we're cheating you out of anything; both drinks get exactly the same amount of concentrate.

The chai latte with water will taste a bit spicier because the water is somewhat of the equivalent of steeping it. It brings out the spices more. When you do not add the water, it is the equivalent of doing a tea misto with no water. Just steaming milk and plunking some tea bags in. You really don't get the full essence of the tea because the milk is not as hot as the water and tea usually requires a temperature of 190-200 degrees to get all the flavour out of it (which is the temperature of the water we use to make coffee, americanos, chai and green tea lattes.

As always-
Your faithful (not registered on this board) Barista

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By Judy (Guest Post)
December 24, 20080 found this helpful

2 Darjeeling teabags
1 stick cinnamon, crushed
5 green cardamom pods, crushed (to reveal black seeds inside)
Bring the above ingredients and 1 c water to boil in a saucepan. Take off heat and cover with a lid. Let steep 5 minutes. Take out teabags & strain out spices. Add 1 teaspoon raw sugar (Demerara or other); stir til dissolved. Add 1 c milk. Enjoy hot or iced.

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December 24, 20080 found this helpful

You have to make Chai Tea first, then mix with milk that's been steamed from an espresso machine.
2 Darjeeling teabags
1 stick cinnamon, crushed
5 green cardamom pods, crushed (to reveal black seeds inside)
Mix above ingredients in a pot with 1 cup water. Bring to boil, then cover with lid and steep 5 minutes. Strain out teabags & spices, add 1 teaspoon raw sugar (Demerara or other), mix, and add 1 cup milk. Enjoy hot or iced.

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By Paula (Guest Post)
January 3, 20090 found this helpful

Instant Chai Tea Latte

I just made this recipe and enjoying a cup right now...and its just as good as Starbucks.

7 1/2 cups water
3 3/4 cups milk
1 cup instant tea mix (I used decaff)
3/4 cup sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

In 6-qt saucepan, heat water to boiling.
Stir in remaining ingredients until well blended and tea and sugar are dissolved.

makes 16 servings (2/3 cup each)
1 serving is 80 calories

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August 18, 2016

This is a page about iced vanilla chai tea recipe. This sweet spicy iced tea is perfect for those hot summer days.

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November 16, 2007

I am looking for a recipe for chai latte. It costs too much at starbucks. I would like to make it at home.

Barbara from San Antonio


Chai Latte Recipe

I have tried many chai latte recipes over the years and still like Starbucks better, so don't give up hope if at first you don't succeed. New recipes are circulated all the time.

What I make instead of Starbucks is low acid strong decaf coffee mixed with 2 or 3 diet flavorings from and soy milk.

The coffee is brewed with the Toddy System. Keeps in the fridge for weeks. Bought it at World Market. Also available at (PS they also have low acid tea).

The DaVinci flavoring are also available at lo carb stores, Ross, Marshalls and TJ Maxx.

Holly (01/20/2006)

By Holly

Chai Latte Recipe


I haven't tried Chai Latte from Starbucks, but I'm an Independent Watkins Associate, and we carry Chai (a mix of green and black teas and spices), as well as Chai Latte that's made to mix up as you would hot chocolate (it's very good). I don't know if you've heard of the Watkins Company before or not, but it's known for its Double-Strength Vanilla, Cinnamon, Ground Pepper, Petro Carbo Salve, Menthol-Camphor Ointment, among other things. If you'd like a catalog, just send me an e-mail and I'll be glad to send you one.

Trudy Powell
Independent Watkins Assoc. #357561 (to request catalog) (01/20/2006)

By Trudy Powell

Chai Latte Recipe

Have you ever heard of Tastefully Simple they have a Oh My! Chai 10oz. can for $9.99 it makes about 8 serving just go to you might find this to be cheaper . Jeanie Howard

Tastefully Simple consultant Fort Hood tx (01/20/2006)

By Jeanie Howard

Chai Latte Recipe

In Canada we have a brand of tea called 'Tetley'. If it is available in the US, they have 2 ways to make chai. Chai tea bags are slowly simmered in 2% milk, or you can buy the concentrate in a 1 litre tetra pack.

I love the tea bag, as it is cheaper to use. I get as many as 3 cups from one bag... just let it steep and microwave the cooled down leftovers, if you have any. If this brand is not available to you, check the tea aisle for a different brand. You could also try a tea shop or Indian ethnic shop. (01/21/2006)

By PoPo

Chai Latte Recipe

I have bought the Tastefully Simple brand-- don't. Although it tasted very good, for $10.00 you only get about half of a can due to settling- and the can isnt that big to begin with! A better deal is International Foods (the one that makes all the flavored instant coffee mixes). They sell a chai latte mix that is very good for about $3.99 (or less on sale) - just make it the way it says or I use half water and half milk to make it creamier. It's the best I've tasted other than from a coffee shop.

By Cindy

Chai Latte Recipe

Here is a recipe for a mix you can make at home that I like better than any mix I have tried commercially. Please don't skip the cardamom; if you shop around a bit, you can find it reasonably, and it keeps well.

Chai Tea Mix:

  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1 cup French Vanilla flavored non-dairy creamer
  • 2 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup instant tea (plain, unsweetened) (I prefer decaf, then I can enjoy my chai anytime!)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. In small batches, whir in blender until you have a fine powder. Remix the smaller batches.

Mix 2 heaping tablespoons with a cup of hot water (adjust to your own taste) and enjoy!


If you're looking for something with less calories, my daughter and I have found we really like the "India Spice" flavor of the Celestial Seasons chai tea (bags) with the sugar-free French Vanilla Coffee Mate. It comes with and without caffiene.


PS--we make the mix in very large batches, both for ourselves and for gifts! (01/23/2006)

By Jill.

Chai Latte Recipe

Here is an easy recipe:

Heat 8 oz water. Steep 1 chai tea bag per instructions (approx 5 min). I like Tazo or The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf bags. While the tea is steeping, heat 1/4 cup milk (not too hot). Remove tea bag, add milk, and add 3 to 4 TBS of International Coffee French Vanilla non-dairy creamer (the liquid kind). Stir and enjoy. You don't get the nice froth on top, but it is a lot cheaper than Starbucks. (04/13/2006)

By Kelly

Chai Latte Recipe

OK, you want a LATTE. This means you will need an espresso machine. I think Target sells one for $30 if you don't have one already. (If you like to go to starbucks, this investment will pay off in a little over a week). You also need a chai tea bag -- preferably black flavored tea -- and some espresso-ground coffee. If you drink this a lot you may want to keep a little container mixed with equal parts cardamom and cloves, and 2 parts cinnamon to every 1 part of that mixture.

Now, empty your chai tea bag into the bottom of the espresso screen and put your ground espresso beans on top of that. When it brews, the water will be pushed through the espresso and tea, so that the resulting brew will be distinctively chai tea flavored as it passes through the bottom of the cup.

Now mix the chai espresso with honey (to taste), the spice mixture, and any kind of milk you want (half n half, 2%, steamed milk, etc..).

This drink is also delicious iced. Just ice it after you dissolve the honey. Hope that helped! (06/14/2006)

By Heidi

Chai Latte Recipe

I just made one ( sort of ) .I heated skim milk while I was steeping a chai tea bag (from Zehr's grocery store ).I beat the milk until it got frothy, then I poured some tea into a mug , poure the milk into the tea & beat it some more. Very frothy, which I like. (03/01/2007)

By Maureen

Chai Latte Recipe

There is a Ginger Tea mix, in a foil packet, purchased in Asian stores that when added to a pot of black tea and milk, makes a very fine Chai Tea substitute for the dearly loved Chai Tea from Starbuck's....look for the Ginger Tea at the Asian Market, in a box just like a Lipton's package....Yummmy!!!! (06/19/2007)

By elena

Chai Latte Recipe

I brew a normal pot of coffee and add about a teaspoon of cinnamon in with the grounds before I brew it, then add honey to the coffee in my cup. Add hot milk to coffee in equal proportions with a little vanilla and VOILA~

Tastes almost the same as Starbucks (10/01/2007)


Chai Latte Recipe

I use the Oregon Chai Tea Latte concentrate ($3.99 at Trader Joes). It's a 32oz box. Mix it 50-50 with milk, microwave and it's good to go.

I also saw it for sale on their website:

Corey (10/31/2007)

By Corey

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