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Two ways to make chai latte at home

Chai latte is a tea-based drink diluted with milk. It’s spicy and sweet and delicious… and very expensive and high in sugar and calories if you buy it at a big coffee chain. But with this chai latte recipe, you can make it at home. That’s not only cheaper, but also gives you more control over the nutritional content. Even better, there’s a recipe for an instant mix to take on the road.

Cup of Chai Latte

A Note on Substitutions

If you’re avoiding sugar completely, you can use almost any substitute you like in either of these recipes: Splenda, Stevia, you name it. Anything that dissolves in hot water will work.

If you’re just avoiding refined table sugar, you can also use honey or agave juice in the made-from-scratch recipe, or evaporated cane juice in the mix.

Evaporated cane juice is still from the sugar cane plant, but it hasn’t had all the (minimal) nutrients replaced with chemicals in the refining process that white table sugar goes through.

For the mix, you could also leave the sweetener out entirely and add honey, agave juice or anything wet or dry as your sweetener after the fact.

Chai Latte Recipe: from scratch

Cup of chai latte garnished with anise star

Chai Tea Latte from Scratch

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

If you’re making this delicious beverage hot at home, where you have access to all the ingredients, here’s a traditional chai latte recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons black tea leaves
  • 1 big strip of orange peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 3 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • White sugar to taste

Instructions

  1. Put your milk and water in a saucepan over medium to medium-high heat.
  2. Once it’s simmering, add the tea leaves, cinnamon stick, orange peel, cloves, peppercorns and nutmeg.
  3. Bring this mixture to boil, then reduce your heat to low.
  4. Let it simmer until it’s a deep golden brown.
  5. Strain the mixture into cups, add sugar to individual taste, and serve.

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Homemade Chai Latte mix

The ingredient ratios are flexible as per your taste – especially on spice. For example, you might want to leave the clove out completely and add a little extra ginger – or replace it with nutmeg. Feel free to tweak the recipe, because you can really do anything you like. To make a cup from this mix, use three heaping tablespoons to a twelve ounce mug full of boiling water.

The trick with this one is to throw your ingredients into a food processor. That way, they mix to a very fine, very thoroughly blended powder that will work predictably when you put it in boiled water – like an instant cappuccino mix.

The ingredient ratios are flexible as per your taste – especially on spice. For example, you might want to leave the clove out completely and add a little extra ginger – or replace it with nutmeg. Feel free to tweak the recipe, because you can really do anything you like. To make a cup from this mix, use three heaping tablespoons to a twelve ounce mug full of boiling water.

Homemade Chai Latte Mix

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

You may want an instant mix instead. This is a powder you can spoon into boiling water anywhere boiling water's available, perfect for taking to an office or on a trip. It's particularly nice for camping. And, again, it will save you money compared to buying mixes from grocery stores or coffee chains.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of dry milk powder
  • 2 cups powdered non-dairy creamer
  • One 3.5 ounce package of vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 2 cups evaporated cane juice (or brown sugar, if preferred)
  • 2 cups unsweetened instant tea
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Instructions

  1. Mix everything together and process it through a food processor until it seems evenly fine.

Notes

The trick with this one is to throw your ingredients into a food processor. That way, they mix to a very fine, very thoroughly blended powder that will work predictably when you put it in boiled water – like an instant cappuccino mix.

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

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