At Home Chai Tea Latte

Saturday, February 9, 2013

There's nothing to lift your spirits when sick quite like a hot cup of tea.  After getting well and truly snowed in today, and realizing that we were completely out of our stocks of chai tea bags, I scoured the internet, desperately trying to find an adequate at-home recipe for a nice hot chai.  Turns out it's much simpler than it sounds and takes about as much time to make as a kettle does to boil.  So roll up your sleeves and whip out your Earl Grey, because this is something that even the noobiest of noobs in the kitchen can't get wrong.

Taking most of my inspiration from this article here, I mainly stayed true to it, but improvised a bit on the measurements.  All you'll need for this are a few bags of black tea (Earl Grey will do just fine), some ground cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger, and a sprinkle of nutmeg if you fancy it.  Throw it all into a coffee filter, toss some water into your drip coffee maker, switch it on and you're nearly there.

The final part is so unnecessary, but if you're feeling extra fancy I say go for it.  Put a saucepan on the stove on medium-high heat, pour in your milk, vanilla and a bit of sugar if you like, and whisk it slowly until the sugar dissolves.  This should take all of two minutes, if that.  Pour the milk mixture into mugs, combine with your fresh tea, and you're set.  Sit, sip and savor the flavor!

2 bags black tea
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
dash of nutmeg
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp brown sugar (I used turbinado)

Serves 2-4 depending on mug size!


  1. Haha, this is great! I heard you can tell people at Starbucks to do all this for you, if you're out and about wanting some tea & end it ends up being WAY cheaper than if you were to get a Chai Latte! They call it the "Poor Man's Chai" LOL

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

  2. Hi Amy,
    Just back from Mexico and what a treat to find a recipe for this tea! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm making it tonight!

  3. I spy an anthropologie mug! This recipe looks delicious. I absolutely love chais and will be trying this!


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