Home Made Chai Latte'

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If you love a great chai latte' but don't want to run to Starbucks and spend $3 every time you want a cup, you need this recipe. It is so easy to make it at home. You probably have nearly everything you need in your cupboards right now.

In the final step, I give tips for saving more money on this recipe. So don't miss the last step!

WARNING! Many people (myself included) have developed addictions to this recipe! Proceed at your own risk!
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Step 1: Gather your ingredients.

Here's what you'll need:

2 C. Water
2 Regular Tea Bags
1/8-1/4 teaspoon EACH of ginger and cardamon
1 whole clove
1 cinnamon stick
6 Splenda packets or 1/4 cup Sugar
2 1/2 C. Milk

Step 2: Mix tea and spices.

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In your sauce pan, add water, spices, and tea bags. Bring it to a boil, and boil for 5 minutes.

Step 3: Boil it up.

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After boiling, it will look like this. Don't worry if a tea bag breaks open. You can strain the tea later.

Step 4: Add the sweetener.

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Now add the Splenda. If you'd rather you can use 1/4 C. Sugar. I have tried using less sweetener, gradually using less and less, and you get used to the less-sweet taste. I've heard of people using honey, but it would change the taste.

Step 5: Add the milk.

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Now add the milk, and return it to a boil. This won't take long, and if you aren't careful, it will boil over. Quite a mess!

Here's a neat little trick: if you take a stick of butter and run it quickly around the rim of the pan when it's hot, the chai won't boil over.

Step 6: Strain and Enjoy

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Now you get to enjoy it! I use a little cup strainer as shown in the picture. This is especially great if a tea bag breaks open. But also after boiling milk, you can get a "scum" on top. While the tea, spices and scum are harmless, they can be unpleasant to consume. So the strainer is nice to have.
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f4267543 days ago
I just used The bigelow brand vanilla chai Which is really cheap.I have Tazo chai tea bags but the bigelow has more spice type of taste so I only mixed tea with milk and it is honestly better then tazo chai concentrate in my opinion
VikR1 made it!14 days ago

You add the tea when the water boils not with the cold water, then add the milk and let it come to a boil again. this how you make chai in India


How would you strain loose tea/paper out?

treep1 (author)  frances.khavari26 days ago
I have a small cup strained. Sometimes if a tea bag breaks open I use it to scoop what I can from the pan, then pour through the strainer when I fill my cup. You could use that technique with loose tea as well.

thanks for the basics. I simmer the spices and use thin sliced fresh ginger and a bit more cloves. Take off boil, add tea and steep for 5 minutes. Add half the sugar (no artificial and raw at that) as 1/2 cup is too much by far. I personally only use a teaspoon of sugar, but other half likes sweeter.

At this stage it's ok to freeze what you won't use now for later.

Then steam milk to frothy, add to tea, top with a little ground cinnamon, or if you're really a sweet tooth, cinnamon sugar, enjoy!

treep1 (author)  mark.loring.1226 days ago
Mark, you had me scared there. I thought I mis-wrote the recipe. It only calls for 1/4 c sugar. 1/2 cup would really be sweet!!
Matthew J.D26 days ago
Umm.. I don't understand why people are wasting so much time making chai like this. You save yourself the cost of a Starbucks chai but then have to buy the groceries and spend 30 min making it this way. You can LITERALLY buy the same chai that Starbucks uses at any grocery store, Walmart, or Target. It's TAZO's chai concentrate. You pour half a cup of it into a mug, the rest milk, and heat for a minute or so. It's exactly how Starbucks does it except they use the steamed milk.
treep1 (author)  Matthew J.D26 days ago
Matthew, some people have time, others have money. I have more time than money. This recipe is very inexpensive to make. I've had the Tazo chai and it's good, but personally I like this one better. It really is a personal thing. Make/drink what you like/can afford. ?
ccelino3 months ago

i did not have any cardamom, so I used extra ginger, and 1/4 tsp. of allspice. I also used evaporated milk mixed 50/50 with water, and it came out great! I will definitely use this recipe many times in the future, Thank you!!

OrangeKatze4 months ago

Just finished making it. It tastes great, but I used a little less sugar, about 1/8 cup, and I used 8 cloves because that's about the amount I saw in some other recipes.

Vedicmix9 months ago

I suggest you to try Vedic Mix chai latte, GMO FREE

Everything is same but you just add hot water. Cost per cup will be 59 cents. Milk and sugaring each pack.

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I LOVED this recipe - exactly the taste I was after. However, on the 'make ahead' recipe where it states it is stored in the refrigerator and then to add milk, are you supposed to omit all the milk when it's cooked and ONLY add some milk to your cup when you reheat? I made it as directed and warmed up without adding additional milk but it got kind of a funny taste. THanks!
LILLIAN-R1 year ago
I made this except I used black tea. I omitted the ginger and used ground cloves instead of whole. I put everything into a tea filter, so no straining was needed. This was VERY good! Perfect Chai flavor...not too strong and not too weak! I won't be buying expensive cups of Chai tea ever again! Thanks Treep! =D
kcrooks21 year ago
I seriously love that I found this!! I'm not feeling well and wanted some yummy tea, just made it and creaking loved it and ahh you're amazing!!
LorkyJo1 year ago
Love this recipe! I've made this a bunch (modified slightly by using raw cane sugar and half the amount and used soy milk instead). Delicious! :)
Dealande2 years ago
I am an absolute Chai addict! Can’t live without it! I can’t afford Starbucks every day so I started buying the Tazo Chai Tea Latte Concentrate. It’s already made and sweetened you just add milk and warm it up. It’s the exact product that Starbucks uses. But the price of it has been going up. Now days I can’t find it for less than 3.85 for a 32oz container, so even though I can get several cups out of it it’s still expensive. My point is I’m really looking forward to trying this recipe! I’m sooo excited I found this! Thank You!
MattLindley6 years ago
For those who would like the richer flavor, without the extra fat, I would suggest fat free half-n-half. Most grocery stores carry at least one brand, and the flavor (particularly in coffee and in a recipe like this) is not distinguishable from regular half-n-half.
The only thing with fat free half and half is that a lot of brands have High Fructose Corn Syrup in them. I don’t know why but they do. So if you’re going to go this way be sure to read the ingredients before you buy.
treep1 (author)  MattLindley6 years ago
I was low on milk yesterday, but had some cream and real half and half in the fridge, which I substituted for part of the milk. Man, was it rich. A little too rich for my liking - I'm a skim milk drinker. Your suggestion is a great one for keeping the richness and losing the fat - everybody's looking for a way to trim the fat. That's why I like this recipe so much - using skim milk it's really not bad for you. So thanks for the note. Something else that makes a great add-in without adding much in calories or fat is low fat Coolwhip. Adds a nice sweetness but not a lot of "weight."
Dealande2 years ago
I am an absolute Chai addict! Can’t live without it! I can’t afford Starbucks every day so I started buying the Tazo Chai Tea Latte Concentrate. It’s already made and sweetened you just add milk and warm it up. It’s the exact product that Starbucks uses. But the price of it has been going up. Now days I can’t find it for less than 3.85 for a 32oz container, so even though I can get several cups out of it it’s still expensive. My point is I’m really looking forward to trying this recipe! I’m sooo excited I found this! Thank You!
capheind4 years ago
Actually what you've made is essentially Masala Chai, unless I missed something there is no steamed milk in this and hence no Latte. So basically you've made the original article, Kuddos are well deserved (I'd take classic Masala Chai over a Latte any day). What folks in the US, Canada, and much of Europe call "Chai" is basically the distilled and localized tea traditions of India and the surrounding areas, as such there is no right or wrong with chai, but I would recommend picking up a decent loose leaf over the teabags, not necessarily much more expensive, the flavor will be better, and your straining it anyways...
amille capheind2 years ago
That's where you're wrong. It is Latte and one can buy it almost anywhere they sell coffees. Duh!
capheind amille2 years ago
Actually no. A Latte involves steamed milk, which (unless I misread) the author did not use. What has been made is in fact Indian Masala chai, sans the elaborate pulling in which a chai-walla would engage (as demonstrated here If you take a look at the equipment at your favorite coffee house you'll notice a frothing wand off the side of the Espresso machine, this frothing wand steams the milk and gives it its foamy "Latte" quality.
J@50n5 years ago
 this is probably a dumb question, but what is "regular tea" i have flavored will it be the same?
amille J@50n2 years ago
Regular tea isn't necessarily black tea, Lipton tea, generic brands that just say plain old tea for Iced tea is what is referred to as "Regular tea."
amille amille2 years ago
The best way to put it is Unflavored tea not necessarily "black tea." Just your basic tea bags and they don't have to be expensive brands.
treep1 (author)  J@50n5 years ago
By "regular" tea, I mean black tea (the label will say orange pekoe and cut black pekoe, or something similar). 

Flavored tea will change the taste of the Chai, though it may not be in a bad way.  I would avoid anything fruity, for sure.  Think of the other spices (ginger, cardamon, cloves, and cinnamon) and avoid anything that would clash.  I've made it with green tea (like it best when I also use both a black tea bag and a green tea bag.)  I've also used oolong tea, which is supposed to be a diet help.  That was pretty good.  

"Regular" black tea is the cheapest of all, so you may want to purchase some for this recipe.  If you try your flavored teas, I'd like to know how it turns out.  Good luck!

J@50n treep15 years ago
 O.k, thanks! i as wondering if i could put your link in one of my featured instructables (Fakeuccino).  I will just put the link so you get the views!

Tell me if its o.k with you!

Thanks also for the help about the tea!

treep1 (author)  J@50n5 years ago
You're welcome for the help, such as it was!  Feel free to link-away!  Glad to share my favorite recipe!
J@50n treep15 years ago
ok, thanks!
grsoto4 years ago
great post i love chai lattes and i find that in place of using splenda or that bleached white sugar (both taste chemically to me) i get my sugar for free @ starbucks when ever i go in and get like a juice or something or if im just their with friends. So far i havent had to buy sugar or napkins for 5 years. also add less of the starbucks sugar its way sweeter then normal sugar i guess cause its "Raw Cane" sugar.
amille grsoto2 years ago
Can you say blue collar crime? That's theft. You are only to get what you use while you're there not use them as your lifetime supplier.
You don't find that stealing the sugar for five years at Starbucks is a problem? No wonder things cost so much at Starbucks - they have to compensate for the thieves who help themselves to things they have no right to have!
IRQ_VET3 years ago
I boiled the cinnamon and 1 clove first then shut off the heat add the tea bags let it sit a few minutes warmed light cream on the side with my choice of sweetener, and in the summer i like to add premium vanilla ice cream for a shake
That sounds totally amazing!
Take it from me , a long time Chai aficionado. You never boil tea. You bring the water to a boil and then turn the heat off and then add the tea, the difference in taste is revelatory. Also ive read that boiling the tea removes all the anti-oxidants and some other stuff that makes the tea so healthy.
You are quite right. Boiling or even having the tea sit in water that is too hot will take out all the anit-oxidents and leave only the caffine.
lblondeau3 years ago
Artificial sweeteners such as Splenda are horrible for you health, especially at 6 packages. This recipe sounds great if one omits that and uses honey : )
For diabetics the use of Splenda or other artificial sweeteners are the only way they can sweeten their beverages. You might want to consider that before you make statements such as they are "horrible for your health." The alternative, using sugar, is not in the best interest of a diabetic person's health.
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