Picture of Home Made Chai Latte'
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!

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
MiawCosplay3 months ago

Omg... Its sooooo good! I will definitely make some again!

Okay so...I just bought some chai tea in bags. I happen to have cinnamon sticks and ginger...however the tea itself already includes all those ingredients (cardamon included obvi) so would i omit boiling it with the chai spices? or should i do so anyways?

treep1 (author) 4 months ago
For the record, I have moved on to using Stevia instead of Splenda because I believe it is generally healthier. As the recipe states you can use whatever sweetener floats your boat. Some (like honey) will change the basic flavor of the finished product. If you like that, use it. No judgement here. We're all grown-ups, right? Decide for yourself what you like and use that. ?
Why is there hate on a recipe
treep1 (author)  jaquelina.jaramillo4 months ago
I know right? If you like it, make it. If you don't, move on. No need to get uptight. ?
lblondeau4 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.
Diabetics can also use stevia. Stevia is a sweetener that is natural and has no calories. It is made from the stevia plant.
Tried it,gives me same side effects as sugar,just a lil less strong side effects then sugar,but if u r diabetic&it works for u,then thats great.
It does still make my sugar level go high,but if it maintains yours,thats awesome,like i said every body is different.
ygm dmichalski3 years ago
As "hurtful" as you think lblondeau's comment is, it is indeed truthful. You are the one who might want to do a little research as this sweetener is in fact, "horrible for your health".
You should do some research prior to correcting someone who has had to reflect so much on their diet in general. The research on splenda or sucralose is actually pretty inconclusive, if you go way over the expected daily amount there are negative effects. However, if you go way over the daily amount of anything, there are going to be some lasting health effects. So what you said isn't truthful and telling someone that they haven't done a little research is much ruder than what ther first person said. The person providing the recipe said to use either sugar or splenda, it was good that that person was being inclusive of diabetics.

The data on high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, the importance of exercise and saturated fats are all much more conclusive then this data, so unless you exercise the proper amount, are way within your bmi, and eat an incredibly healthy lifestyle. Don't be rude.
I have to watch what i eat.
While fruit is good and supper healthy for most too much is bad for me cause fruit has way more then8grams of natural sugar&8gramms of sugar is all im allowed in a serving of anything,a whole orange would be harmfull to me,but i eat a lot of vegatables,snack on nuts and eat brown rice when i eat rice,very very seldom eat pasta,eat the baer naked cereals,drink lots of water&diet juices&eat lots of salads&i eat 1 serving or less of all.
For desert sweet tooth graving i eat some low sugar weight watchers choclate or Low sugar cookies or gogurt. I put gogurt in the freezer&that becomes my ice cream. I watch my family eat cakes,pies, ice cream,fruit,anything that looks good to them for dessert.
So i know my body&stay healthy that way.
Some of the stuff thats advertised as healthy when my daughter&i see it we go "yikes,thats healthy?" Which is most items in A health food store.
I cant go to starbucks any more,but im glad a diabetic friendly version is included&cant wait to try this.
Everyones body is different&thats ok,thats actually kind of great&amazing imo.
happy.gamish ygm5 months ago
What was the result of your last A1C test?
When was your last A1C test?
There are some healthier sweetner options now. There's Xylitol and Stevia, also Evaporated Palm (Coconut) sugar with a Low 35% glycemic index. They all come from natural sources rather than Splenda which is synthetic.
I know my body&for non diabetic ppl those options sound healthier,but i know splenda has never put me in a diabetic coma or made my neurothopy worse.
I tried truvia and stevia and almost had the same side effects as sugar,just not quite as bad,splenda has never given me any side effects,if i have any of the other sugars incl truvia&stevia there is a chance i wont be able to walk for a while&that my feet will hurt reall bad,the only way i can take those if splenda is not available is if i also take pain pills&they do make my sugar level go high,so for me im sticking with whats not broken. Why fix whats not broken. But i will look in to those for the non diabetic members of my fam.
I have diabetes&any other sweetner can put me in a diabetic comma,almost got there when neighboer made us fresh pumpkin bread with pumpkins from his garden&the "healthy sugar".i forgot noone in his family had diabetes so unlike us he didnt use splenda,the rest of my day was horrible&not healthy at all,i had a lot of issues,health.Issues the rest of the day,but when we make cake with splenda im fine.
f4267546 months 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!6 months 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.khavari6 months 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.126 months 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.D6 months 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.D6 months 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. ?
ccelino9 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!!

OrangeKatze10 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.

Vedicmix1 year 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
kcrooks22 years 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!!
LorkyJo2 years 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!
capheind5 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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i1-2O6mUu0). 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.
This was delicious!! i just made it a few minutes ago. i used vanilla chai teabags. unfortunatly in the midst of all this, i managed to set a tea towel on fire and the chai ended up boiling over all over the stovetop!!! it is still amazing!! i used soy milk (as i dont drink cows milk) and it helped. i also used a sprinkle of ground cloves as its all i have at the moment. I am now addicted!! im going to make this every morning before school!! also, im wondering if anyone knows how much tea leaves = a teabag

please respond :) XOXO
shelleyk3 years ago
Thank you! This is a lovely recipe. I only had cardamon pods so I used a few instead and it is terrific. I am enjoying it immensely.
mcarfagno3 years ago
this is a fantastic chai tea recipe!! the strength of the tea greatly depends on the type of tea bag used. we prefer a heartier flavor, so we used a heartier malty leaf along with cutting the milk back about 3/4 of a cup. thanks so much for the guidance!!
mbrauer4 years ago
Clove of what???
You can buy "Cloves" ground or whole, it's a spice. You want the whole in the case, but it's expensive, where if you buy the ground, you can add to your taste and use in baking.
A CLOVE... you know, the SPICE 'CLOVE'.. you use it to spice a ham. Cloves.
WEIGHT WATCHERS TIP!!!! Tim Hortons sells an awesome Chai Tea. To simplify just buy a box of that for $3.50 and add skim milk and sweetener. It's low fat and tastes just as good as Starbucks, plus it's ZERO pointsplus until you drink enough to use 1/2 cup skim milk. (1 cup is 2 pointsplus)
grayseep1894 years ago
If I have chai tea tea bags do I just need milk, water and sugar?
im in your situation as well. i used 2 tea bags, did everything else like normal and it came out pretty tasty.
lilhobbit5 years ago
hi can't wait to try this recipe. what do you mean by c. milk? is that chocolate milk???? or plain milk? And where do you find the cardamon, is that a spice or liquir?
treep1 (author)  lilhobbit5 years ago
c. stands for cup - 2 1/2 cups of milk. just white, skim, whole or whatever you like. some people like soy, or even vanilla soy (yum). cardamom is a spice, a seed that I buy ground for this recipe. i like buying it in a local health food store that sells spices by weight, though if you have more money than health food stores available, you can buy a jar at the grocery store for about $12. (the same qty. in bulk costs me about $2) hope you try it and enjopy it!
hjennings235 years ago
Wow, thanks! This looks fantastic! I'm going to go make some right now!
ksa1234565 years ago
Thank you for this great recipe.  Just made it ......... it is just as good as Starbucks, but a whole lot cheaper!  Do you have an idea how to make the Starbucks Chai  Frappuccino.  Maybe add vanilla ice cream instead of the milk, once step 4 has cooled?
treep1 (author)  ksa1234565 years ago
Oh, good!  I'm always glad to hear that someone else is enjoying this recipe!   I don't know how to make a Frappuccino, but adding ice cream couldn't be a bad thing!  Let me know how it turns out!
 Living in Minnesota, I've discovered that a cup of chai at the end of the day with a shot of rum is a very good thing.
were.03135 years ago
So im a fellow Chai addict and needless to say my addiction is expensive so tomorrow I have to go get these ingredients and I will leave another comment but im rather excited :)
cranders5 years ago
Excellent taste and easy to make. Brilliant!
kammhron6 years ago
Nice recipe. I like to use some honey also. Try It! Yummy!
atropos6 years ago
I'm broke and didn't have any cinnamon sticks, cardamon or cloves. But I did have a box of Good Earth Chai Tea and it's ingredients had all those things. The first time I made this I used 2 chai tea bags. I added some ground ginger and regular powdered cinnamon. It was pretty good. It was missing a "kick" though. So the next day I used 3 tea bags. And I added the cinnamon when I added the milk and I think that made a difference. It was very yummy. Now I only have 1 tea bag left, so I'm thinking of cutting the recipe in half. :)
mackamitsu6 years ago
Try using a gunpowder tea instead of regular black tea. I use a little stevia instead of artificial sweetener (1 tsp for 4 cups of chai), and I like to use homogenized milk instead of cream or skim. If you want a real treat, add a bit of vanilla to your mix when you add the milk, you will need less sweetener, and it gives it a very nice taste. I add about 1/2 tea spoon for 4 cups.
thanks for posting this - I will try it when I get home. Usually I drink the Tazo chai tea straight without milk or sweetener - but I must confess one of my secret guilty pleasures is a lovely sweetened iced Chai Latte. You way has an added bonus - the house will smell great! Have you tried your recipe with soy milk? If so is there a brand you found works best? Cheers!
I've been vegan for almost 4 years, so I've tried a lot of soy milks. My two favorites are Pacific Vanilla and Silk Vanilla. I know that for making lattes, the pacific aerates a bit better, but that only applies if you have a way to foam your milk, a steam wand or a frothing device. Personally, I never make lattes at home because I think they are so much better with aerated milk; so to the author of this instructable, that's what I'd like to share. I'm saving up for an espresso machine, but I believe I've seen milk frothers for $10 or less. If you've never seen one, it's like a tiny stick blender with a circle of coiled wire on the end. (: everything else in this chai makes me realllly want to try one!
treep1 (author)  The Reverend6 years ago
I have never used soy milk, but my sister does. I don't know what brand she's used - sorry I can't be of help there. I think mine can be iced, too. I would make it stronger - less water, and maybe a less milk? - then serve it over ice. I'm just a fan of it this way - you're right, it makes the house smell GREAT! Thanks for writing!
ha ha great! you finally made it!
I've never tried to make my own before... I think I will give it a shot!!! Recipe looks pretty simple.
treep1 (author)  houseofdixon6 years ago
It's very simple! I hope you try it - let me know how you like it!
Brian Baity6 years ago
Well Done, I am a Chai addict anyway so this is great. I think I will premake the ingredients and store it for later use. I think with a tea ball this can be ready to use anywhere anytime. Hooray for you.
treep1 (author)  Brian Baity6 years ago
I like your thinking, and I've tried to make this more portable to take it camping or to give as gifts. Something to consider, though, is that the spices will lose their flavor quickly if they're not tightly sealed. My first attempt was with large u-fill tea bags. I figured that with all the ingredients sealed inside, I could just toss one in to brew. The very first one was OK, but after just a day or two, the spices had lost their flavor and all I could taste was the tea. My second attempt was better - I purchased small (2x3ish) zip lock baggies (ask your local drug dealer where to buy them :) ) and put all the ingredients in there, leaving the tea in the tea bags. This worked much better - just dump out the bag and brew - and the spices maintained their flavors much better. Thanks for your comment!
pfingers6 years ago
This is an excellent recipe... I prefer this to the latte I'm used to, and I work at Starbucks... Bravo!
treep1 (author)  pfingers6 years ago
OOOh!! I'm excited to get that kind of feedback! Thanks for trying it and commenting! I've never had a Starbucks Chai Latte, but I've had others tell me that this is as good or better. Now I have it from an authority! Thanks!
tercero6 years ago
Tetley Tea (Canada) makes this fantastic tea of Chai in these vacuum sealed small canisters (bags). My wife and I enjoy it anytime we have curry, masala, or even with a semi sweet desert. My favourite tea outside of Earl Grey/Vanilla and Mint Green tea mixed.
treep1 (author)  tercero6 years ago
When I discovered Chai, I was surprised at how many different ways it could be made, and at the variety of spices that could be used in it - even pepper! And varying the tea you use will change the flavor of the tea -- I like oolong - a little sweeter flavor, I think. Green tea would add other benefits. And of course you can mix them together - sometimes I use black and green or black and oolong. Do you make yours as tea, or do you make a latte' with it? I often drink mine in place of dessert. I find that it's satisfying when I'm just not sure what I want. And it really is good for you. The only calories/fat come from the milk (minimize those with skim milk). The tea has antioxidants, and the spices are good for respiration (it's helped my asthma a lot). Cardamon is supposed to be a bit of an aphrodisiac as well - bonus! Anyway, thanks for your comment!