Warm Up with a Delicious Cinnamon Chai Latte

Are you tired of drinking the same plain old coffee every morning? Why not spice things up with a homemade cinnamon chai latte? As a barista, I am here to give you step-by-step instructions on how to create this delicious and easy-to-follow recipe.

Imagine slowly sipping on a warm cup of creamy milk blended with aromatic chai tea and topped with Cool Whip Topping. The combination of ground cinnamon and cardamom pods creates a rich and smooth flavor that will leave your taste buds craving for more.

Not only is this cinnamon chai latte recipe an aesthetic addition to your Instagram feed, it’s also a healthier alternative to sugary drinks from Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts. You won’t regret opting for this homemade beverage that resembles the authentic Indian spiced tea.

So, grab your Lipton tea bags and let’s get started on making your very own cinnamon chai latte!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cinnamon Chai Latte
Cinnamon Chai Latte

If you’re a true coffee lover, there’s no doubt that you’ve tried every kind of latte under the sun. But have you tried a cinnamon chai latte? Let me tell you, this is not your average latte. With a blend of black tea and aromatic spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and ginger, this latte will warm you up from the inside out.

One of the reasons why I love this recipe is that it’s so easy to make at home. You don’t have to go to an expensive coffee shop and spend five dollars on a single cup of latte anymore. All you need are a few basic ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

Another reason why I love this recipe is its versatility. You can easily customize this recipe by adjusting the amount of spices depending on your preference. And if you’re feeling fancy, you can even add some whipped cream or drizzle some chocolate sauce on top for an extra decadent treat.

One last thing that sets this latte apart from other drinks is its unique flavor profile. The combination of black tea and Indian spices creates a deliciously spiced chai flavor that will give your regular coffee routine a little bit of flair.

Overall, I think anyone who gives this cinnamon chai latte recipe a try will quickly fall in love with it. It’s easy to make, deliciously spiced, and will give your morning coffee routine the perfect aesthetic touch. So why not give it a shot and become your own home barista with this fantastic recipe?

Ingredient List

 Spice up your morning routine with this Cinnamon Chai Latte!
Spice up your morning routine with this Cinnamon Chai Latte!

Ingredients 1

  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 teaspoon Cool Whip Topping
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 black tea bags
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Ingredients 2 (blend of chai spices)

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 slices fresh ginger

Note: If using pre-made chai concentrate, omit the above ingredients and use the concentrate as directed on the package.

Making a perfect cup of chai latte requires the right blend of warm and spicy ingredients. A combination of cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, black tea bags, and several whole cloves infuse milk with a rich aroma that will leave you licking your lips. For some extra “oomph,” I add in ground cinnamon stick and crush cardamom to further enhance the flavors. To create the perfect consistency, Cool Whip topping and warm milk are combined with the blended chai spices to create a velvety-infused drink that will set your taste buds soaring.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready for a cozy and delicious treat with our recipe.
Get ready for a cozy and delicious treat with our recipe.

Now, it’s time to make the Cinnamon Chai Latte that you’ve been waiting for. This recipe is easy and straightforward, so anyone can make it at home. Don’t worry if you’re not an experienced barista – you got this.


Here are the ingredients needed to make this delicious Cinnamon Chai Latte:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

Preparing the Tea

First, let’s create the base of the latte with the tea. Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan and add in the tea bags, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, cloves, peppercorns, ginger, and ground cinnamon. Allow everything to steep for at least five minutes.

Preparing the Milk

While the tea infuses with all spices, take another saucepan, put a low-medium flame under it & add milk to it. Keep stirring till it gets heated enough but not boiled or burnt.

Combining Tea and Milk

Once both tea and milk temperatures are perfect enough (i.e: hot), remove the tea bag from the spiced water & mix this water combined with spices into previously prepared milk. Mix well and blend all flavors together until well-mixed.


Pour into a mug or serving glass/ cups, top with Cool Whip Topping & Sprinkle some cinnamon powder on top of your latte.

Enjoy your Cinnamon Chai Latte – this warm and aromatic homemade chai is the best kind that goes perfectly alongside breakfast or a snack during winters.

Substitutions and Variations

 A warm and comforting hug in a mug!
A warm and comforting hug in a mug!

If you want to switch things up a bit and try something new, here are some substitutions and variations you can make to this cinnamon chai latte recipe:

– Milk: You can use any type of milk that you prefer, such as almond milk, soy milk or oat milk. Keep in mind that the flavor and texture may vary slightly depending on the type of milk used.

– Cool Whip Topping: If you don’t have any Cool Whip topping on hand, you can substitute it with whipped cream or marshmallow fluff.

– Cinnamon sticks/ground cinnamon: If you only have one of these ingredients on hand, feel free to use what you have. However, if you use ground cinnamon, be sure to strain the latte before serving to remove any gritty bits.

– Tea bags: While black tea is typically used for chai lattes, you can try using other types of tea such as green tea or rooibos for a different flavor profile.

– Spices: You can experiment with the spices used in this recipe by adding or subtracting different spices. For example, try adding a pinch of cardamon for a more authentic Indian spice flavor.

– Chai concentrate: If you’re short on time or ingredients but still crave the warm and spicy taste of chai latte, try using a pre-made chai concentrate instead of making your own.

Remember, substitutions and variations are all about personal preference and taste. Don’t be afraid to play around with this recipe and try new things until you find your perfect cup of cinnamon chai latte.

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for chilly days, this latte is a must-try.
Perfect for chilly days, this latte is a must-try.

The cinnamon chai latte makes for a delightful treat that can be enjoyed any time of the day. It pairs perfectly with a variety of baked goods, such as cookies or muffins, as well as with savory snacks like chips or crackers.

For an extra dose of indulgence, serve your cinnamon chai latte topped with Cool Whip Topping and sprinkled with some ground cinnamon. Trust me, this will elevate your latte experience to the next level.

If you are serving the cinnamon chai latte at a gathering, consider setting out some cinnamon sticks alongside the cups so guests can use them for stirring and add even more cinnamon flavor to their drink.

As for pairing with food, try pairing your cinnamon chai latte with anything chocolate to enhance the spicy notes in the drink. Alternatively, you can pair it with Indian and spiced foods, such as curries or samosas for an authentic flavor experience.

Overall, the cinnamon chai latte is versatile enough to satisfy any sweet tooth craving and pair well with a variety of foods. Its aesthetic appeal makes it an attractive centerpiece for any gathering while its creamy texture and warming aroma are sure to please even the most discerning palates.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect balance of spicy and sweet flavors to awaken your senses.
The perfect balance of spicy and sweet flavors to awaken your senses.

The cinnamon chai latte recipe can be made ahead and stored in the fridge or freezer. If you are making a large batch, it’s best to freeze the liquid chai concentrate in ice cube trays so that it’s easy to reheat in small portions as needed. When ready to serve, heat up the frozen chai concentrate in a saucepan over medium heat until it’s thawed and warm.

If you haven’t made the chai concentrate ahead of time, you can still make a single serving of the cinnamon chai latte and store any leftover liquid in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply pour the cold latte into a microwave-safe cup and heat for 30 seconds at a time until desired temperature is reached, stirring occasionally.

For an even quicker way to reheat your latte, use an electric milk frother or a handheld frother to whisk the cold liquid while heating it up over a stove or in the microwave. The end result will be a perfectly frothed, steaming hot cinnamon chai latte that’s sure to satisfy your cravings.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Curl up with a blanket and enjoy the heavenly aroma of this latte.
Curl up with a blanket and enjoy the heavenly aroma of this latte.

To achieve the perfect cinnamon chai latte with this recipe, here are some tips to consider.

Firstly, for a more aesthetic and appealing look, add a dollop of Cool Whip Topping or sprinkle ground cinnamon on top of the latte. Additionally, opt for fresh and high-quality ingredients to enhance the flavor profile of your homemade chai.

When blending the spices to make chai concentrate, ensure that the cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, and black peppercorns are whole and not crushed. Moreover, star anise gives a licorice flavor while ginger adds a spicy kick; grind them separately before combining them.

To prevent overpowering the taste of your homemade Chai, use 3-4 tea bags instead of six as it provides a balanced taste with fewer steeping times.

When preparing the latte recipe, be mindful of the measurements and avoid overcrowding; otherwise you might dilute the flavors that you desire.

Lastly, you may experiment with different milk alternatives such as chocolate or Indian spiced milk to customize your chai latte to your preference. With these tips in mind, you can now easily make your best cinnamon chai lattes at home just like Starbucks copycat!


As a barista, I have served various coffee and tea-based beverages to different customers. And believe me, many people have questions about making different types of drinks, including the cinnamon chai latte recipe. That’s why I’ve put together this FAQ section to address some commonly asked questions about this recipe. Keep reading to find out more!

Is cinnamon good in chai tea?

Chai tea is equipped with a blend of helpful components that are suitable for soothing a sore throat. Some of these ingredients include cinnamon and ginger.

Does chai latte come with cinnamon?

I can whip you up a deliciously flavored drink that combines milk with a mix of chai spices, such as cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg, all sweetened up to perfection.

Is there cinnamon in Starbucks chai tea latte?

A flavorful mixture of black tea, warming spices like cinnamon and clove, chilled with ice, and blended with milk creates a sweet and spicy combination that hits the spot.

Why does chai latte taste like cinnamon?

If you’re looking for a flavorful and aromatic hot beverage, a Chai Tea Latte might just be perfect. It’s made by blending milk and a combination of spices like star anise, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon. The addition of steamed black tea results in a strong and pleasant aroma, making it a favorite among many.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Cinnamon Chai Latte recipe is an excellent alternative to the traditional coffee and tea drinks that we all love. With a perfect blend of chai spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger, this latte offers a unique and exquisite flavor profile that will transform your taste buds.

With easy-to-find ingredients and clear step-by-step instructions, this recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to make a homemade chai latte from scratch. Plus, with plenty of substitutions and variations available, this recipe can be tailored to your specific taste preferences.

Whether you’re a coffee lover or a tea aficionado, this Cinnamon Chai Latte is the perfect drink to enjoy any time of the day. So why not give it a try and see for yourself how good it really is? You won’t regret it!

Cinnamon Chai Latte

Cinnamon Chai Latte Recipe

We don't have this chai latte mix in Australia but I was lucky enough to be given some in a swap and decided to check out the General Foods website and came across this recipe. Cool Whip is also not an Australian grocery line so I just topped mine off with some dairy whip (whipped cream in a can for non Aussie chefs)
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine International
Calories 142.5 kcal


  • 4 teaspoons sugar-free chai latte mix (General Foods)
  • 1 cinnamon sticks or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon thawed Cool Whip Topping or 1 tablespoon whipped cream
  • 3/4 cup scalded milk


  • PLACE flavored drink mix, cinnamon stick and whipped topping in mug.
  • ADD milk gradually, stirring with cinnamon stick until well blended.
  • SERVE immediately.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 191gCalories: 142.5kcalCarbohydrates: 8.7gProtein: 6.2gFat: 9.4gSaturated Fat: 5.9gCholesterol: 35.7mgSodium: 92.5mg
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy, Lunch
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