Simple and Delicious Chai Latte Recipe

Good morning, coffee lovers! Today, let me introduce you to one of my all-time favorite drinks: the chai latte. If you’re in need of a warm and comforting beverage to start your day, this recipe is perfect for you. Chai latte is a delicious spiced tea blend typically made with black tea, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns, and cloves. It’s creamy, fragrant, and just plain tasty.

Once you try this easy chai latte recipe at home, there’s no turning back. Making chai tea from scratch might seem intimidating, but trust me – it’s a lot easier than it looks. With just a few simple steps and some easily accessible ingredients, you can whip up a warm cup of homemade chai in no time.

So why go out and spend money on an overpriced chai latte when you can make your own right at home? Not only will you save money in the long run, but you can also customize the ingredients to suit your preferences. Over the next few sections of this article, I’ll guide you through everything from ingredient selection to serving suggestions. So what are we waiting for? Let’s get brewing!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chai Latte
Chai Latte

Are you a fan of cozy, warm drinks that can perk you up and soothe your soul at the same time? Then let me introduce you to the Chai Latte! You’ll fall in love with this beverage, not only because it’s packed full of bold, aromatic spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger, but also because it’s incredibly customizable to fit your taste preferences.

What makes Chai Latte so irresistible is its unique blend of exotic flavors that come from the perfect combination of black tea, milk, and a special blend of spices. And unlike other store-bought chai lattes, this recipe doesn’t contain any artificial flavorings or preservatives. So not only will you enjoy a delicious beverage, but also a healthier one.

Plus, making the perfect cup of Chai Latte is easy with this recipe! You don’t need any fancy equipment or expensive ingredients – everything you need for an indulgent cup of chai is right in your kitchen! This recipe is affordable and convenient for everyone.

Whether you’re looking for a comforting drink to help you wind down after a long day or something to pick you up in the morning, the Chai Latte recipe will not disappoint. So why settle for bland coffee when you can spice things up with a delicious chai latte that will become your new favorite comfort drink? Don’t be afraid to get creative with it – experiment with different variations until you find the perfect combination that suits your taste buds. Trust me; once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back to boring and basic drinks again!

Ingredient List

 A warm hug in a cup with a spicy kick!
A warm hug in a cup with a spicy kick!

Here is a list of ingredients you’ll need to make your own delicious homemade Chai Latte:
Dry Ingredients

  • 2 black tea bags
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 3 allspice berries
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Wet Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups milk (you can use any kind of milk you prefer)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or sugar)
  • Vanilla bean (optional)

Note: You can easily adjust the ingredient measurement or add additional spices to make your chai latte taste unique. The perfect spice blend can be achieved with experimentation and personal preference.

The Recipe How-To

 A perfectly frothy Chai with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
A perfectly frothy Chai with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

Now let’s dive right into the recipe and start making a creamy and delicious chai latte.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 black tea bags or loose tea leaves
  • 3 cups Milk (any kind of milk will work)
  • Sugar or maple syrup (optional)

Step by Step Guide to Making Chai Latte at Home:

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil over high heat.

  2. Add in the cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom pods, peppercorns, fennel seed and chopped ginger.

  3. Reduce the heat to low and let the spices simmer for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Add in the tea bags or loose tea leaves into the pan with the spices and simmer for another few minutes.

  5. Remove from heat and let steep for about five minutes.

  6. Strain the mixture using a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl or jar.

  7. Return the strained liquid to the saucepan over medium heat.

  8. Add in milk and sugar/maple syrup if you want it sweetened.

  9. Whisk everything together until combined and smooth.

  10. Heat up the latte until it comes to your desired temperature.

  11. Pour your homemade chai latte into your favorite mug and enjoy!

Tips for Perfect Results:

  • Use freshly ground spices for best flavor.
  • For an even creamier consistency, try steaming the milk before adding it to the chai concentrate.
  • Adjust sweetness according to your taste preferences.
  • Experiment with different types of milk such as almond milk or soy milk for a vegan version.

Now that you know how to make easy chai latte at home, you can enjoy this aromatic and luscious drink anytime, anywhere.

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and creamy.
The perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and creamy.

Want to switch up your chai latte recipe? Here are a few substitutions and variations to try:

– Swap out milk: While this recipe calls for whole milk, you can easily use almond milk, oat milk, or any other non-dairy milk.

– Add vanilla: For an extra touch of sweetness, add a vanilla bean or 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the recipe.

– Try different spices: You can play with different spice combinations by adding or removing ingredients such as cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, fennel seed, peppercorns, whole cloves, and cardamom pods. Try experimenting with different combinations to find what works for you. You can also add pumpkin spice, lavender, turmeric, or gingerbread spices for some added flavor.

– Use tea bags: If you don’t have loose black tea leaves on hand, no problem! You can use tea bags instead. Simply steep 2 black tea bags in the water and spice mixture.

– Make it iced: To make an iced chai latte, add ice cubes to the blended concentrate and pour over cold milk or dairy-free alternative.

– Make it healthy: To make this latte recipe more nutritious, swap out sugar with maple syrup or a natural sweetener of your choice. You can also use green tea instead of black tea for a healthier option.

– Make it instant: If you don’t have time to make homemade chai concentrate from scratch, you can use an instant chai mix instead. Simply mix one tablespoon of instant chai powder with hot water or steamed milk.

Experimenting with these substitutions and variations will help you to create your own unique twist on this classic chai latte recipe.

Serving and Pairing

 Your go-to cozy drink for crisp fall mornings.
Your go-to cozy drink for crisp fall mornings.

Now that you’ve made yourself a delicious homemade Chai Latte, it’s time to put your feet up and enjoy it! There are several ways to serve and pair your Chai Latte to make the most of its flavors.

Firstly, you can serve your Chai Latte hot or cold. If you prefer your latte hot, sip on it curled up in a cozy blanket on a winter night. If you’re in the mood for something refreshing, pour your Chai over ice and enjoy a chilled iced Chai Latte any time of day!

As for pairing, a Chai Latte goes great with a biscuit, cookie or even a muffin. The sweetness of your morning pastry or snack will complement the spices in your Chai perfectly. You could also try pairing a Chai Latte with spiced bread such as pumpkin spice bread or gingerbread to create an ultimate fall/winter breakfast.

If you want something savory to pair with your Chai Latte, we’d recommend trying toast with jam. There’s nothing quite like spreading warm butter and sticky sweet jam over toasted bread while sipping on a cup of chai while cozied up in front of the fireplace.

So go ahead and indulge in pairing ideas; try out different combinations with your homemade Chai Latte until you find one that suits your taste. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 It's like a hug from your grandma in a cup.
It’s like a hug from your grandma in a cup.

Now that you’ve mastered the art of making a delicious chai latte, it’s time to talk about how to make it into a convenient, on-the-go solution. That’s right, you can make ahead and store your chai concentrate in the refrigerator for up to a week.

To make your chai latte concentrate last longer, we recommend storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you want to enjoy your latte, simply mix the concentrate with either milk or water, in a ratio of 1:1. For even more convenience, pre-portion the mixture into glass jars or bottles for a quick grab-and-go solution.

If you’re making enough tea for multiple servings, consider reheating the tea gently on low heat on a stove or in a microwave until hot. This will help to preserve the quality and consistency of the flavor.

Whether you’re making this recipe ahead of time or enjoying it fresh from the cup, we know that you’ll absolutely love this homemade chai latte recipe.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect fix for when you need a pick-me-up.
The perfect fix for when you need a pick-me-up.

Now that you know all the ingredients and steps to make a fantastic chai latte, let’s talk about some tricks and tips that will take it to the next level.

Tip number one: brew your tea strong. The black tea is the base for the chai latte’s flavor, so making it too weak will result in a bland drink. Use two tea bags and let them steep for at least five minutes.

Tip number two: froth your milk. Frothing the milk will give your latte that beautiful creamy texture and will help to distribute the flavors evenly. You can use an espresso machine with a steam wand, a handheld frother or even shake the milk in a mason jar until it gets foamy.

Tip number three: adjust the sugar level accordingly. The recipe calls for 4 teaspoons of sugar, but you can always add more or less depending on your taste preference. Keep in mind that some sweeteners like honey, maple syrup or agave nectar might alter the flavor profile of your chai latte.

Tip number four: try different spices combinations. While the traditional masala chai employs cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, and peppercorns, you can experiment with other herbs and spices like lavender, turmeric or pumpkin spice to create new twists on this classic drink.

Tip number five: use quality ingredients. A chai latte made with fresh ginger, whole spices and real vanilla is going to be much tastier than one made with pre-ground spices and artificial flavors. Take the extra step to source high-quality ingredients for a more aromatic and flavorful experience.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make an amazing chai latte that will impress even the most demanding coffee connoisseurs. Don’t hesitate to play around with different variations until you find your perfect blend!


Hold on tight, guys, we’re almost done! But before we close the curtains of this chai latte recipe, I know there are some questions that may be lingering at the back of your mind. Don’t you worry, I’ve got your back. So here’s a quick FAQ section to help answer your queries and satisfy your curiosity.

What is a chai latte made of?

To make a chai tea latte, one simply combines tea with milk. The classic recipe uses black tea and hot milk, but different variations can include other spices and toppings. For instance, an Adrak Chai version includes tea, milk, and ginger.

Are chai lattes good or bad for you?

If you are looking for a drink that can support your cellular health and reduce the risk of degenerative illnesses, consider trying a Chai Latte. This coffee variant contains a generous amount of antioxidants, much like regular black tea, which is known for its ability to provide a wide range of health benefits.

What does a Starbucks chai latte have in it?

For a delectable mix of sweetness and spice, try our iced milk tea infused with cinnamon, clove, and other warming spices.

How to make chai latte like the cafes?

To make a flavorful cup of chai, start by pouring 250mL of milk into a saucepan and adding two to three teaspoons of chai. Let it brew for about five minutes. Strain the mixture into your cup and top it up with steamed milk for that perfect cafe vibe. You can also add honey or sugar according to your taste. Alternatively, if you want to try something new, add maple syrup or condensed milk for a unique, caramel taste.

Bottom Line

your chai latte adventure with a couple of reminders from me, your friendly barista. First, the key to the perfect chai latte recipe is balance. You want to have a combination of fragrant spices and creamy milk that is not overly sweet. Second, take your time when preparing your chai latte, and remember that this is an art form, not a science.

Lastly, I encourage you to keep learning more about coffee and experimenting with different recipes. Whether you’re looking for something new to impress your friends or just seeking out new flavors for yourself, the sky’s the limit. With all the different types of coffee out there, don’t be afraid to try something new every day.

So now it’s time for us to part ways, but before we do, let me remind you that nothing beats a delicious homemade chai latte on a chilly winter morning. So go ahead and experiment with different variations and substitutions until you find your perfect cup of chai latte that gives you comfort like no other coffee beverage can.

Keep brewing!

Chai Latte

Chai Latte Recipe

Chai tea brewed in milk
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Indian
Calories 225.4 kcal


  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom seed, whole
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 3 peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons darjeeling tea leaves
  • 1 inch piece vanilla bean


  • Toast whole or crushed spices in a saucepan over medium high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.
  • Pour water over the spices.
  • Reduce heat to medium.
  • Add milk, sugar, ginger, vanilla and tea leaves. Stir.
  • Cover and heat until just to the simmer, about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce heat to lowest setting just to keep warm.
  • Let steep, covered for 5 to 10 minutes or longer, depending how strong you like your tea.
  • Strain before serving.

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Serving: 387gCalories: 225.4kcalCarbohydrates: 27.1gProtein: 9.8gFat: 10.1gSaturated Fat: 5.7gCholesterol: 34.2mgSodium: 125.2mgFiber: 4.7gSugar: 4.2g
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