Homemade Chai tea is amazing! If you’re after a great way to start the day or even just something to warm you up in the afternoon, then this tea is perfect for you.
This tea has a lovely fragrance to it thanks to the combination of the black tea, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom pods.
If you love your tea being a bit sweeter, then you can add some sugar to help bring out those amazing flavors of Chai.
This chai tea is probably one of my favorite types of tea due to the excellent blend of spices while still having that slight bit of caffeine to keep you awake.
You can turn this into a chai tea latte with the simple addition of some milk and brown sugar. If you prefer yours not to be milky, then this is still a pretty damn good drink even without the milk. As I mentioned above, you can add sugar to the regular tea (eg. without the milk) if you prefer a sweeter tea.
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Homemade Chai Tea Recipe
- 5g (0.1 oz) ginger, sliced
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp Black peppercorns
- 10 Cloves
- 5 cardamom Pods
- 5 black tea bags
- 4 cups Water
For a Homemade Chai Tea Latte
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 & 1/2 cups milk
- On a clean chopping board place the cloves and cardamom pods.
- Now using the side of a knife push down on the spices. (This should crush them slightly)
- Along with the black peppercorns, ginger and cinnamon sticks, add all of the spices into a pot.
- Add 4 cups of water and bring to the boil.
- Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes remove from heat and add the tea bags for 2-3 minutes.
- Discard the tea bags.
- Now if you just want regular chai tea, you are now done and is it is ready to strain & drink.
- If you want a chai Late, add the milk and sugar and return to stove.
- Over high heat whisk until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Once sugar is dissolved, strain the liquid and serve and enjoy.
- If you don’t drink all of the Chai tea, then you can store it in the fridge for a few days. I would probably discard after a week of it sitting in the refrigerator. (Less if you have milk in it)
- If you’re after a lactose-free tea, then you can use soy milk or almond milk instead of regular milk for a delicious lactose-free homemade Chai tea latte.
- Doubling the recipe or even tripling the recipe won’t cause any issues so if you need to make a significant batch, then you should go for it. Just make sure you have a large enough pot to hold all the ingredients.
- You can adjust the ingredients in this homemade chai tea mix to suit your preference. Some people like more cinnamon, cardamon or even more pepper, it is entirely up to you. This ability to tweak is one of the best things about making your own homemade tea mix, and you know exactly what is going into it.
- Whilst this tea recipe is amazing you might be feeling a bit more like coffee for that extra caffeine hit! If so you should check out my Vietnamese iced coffee recipe, this coffee is great for any sweet tooth.
All the nutritional information you need for this chai tea recipe is right below.
The values below assume you make a chai tea latte so they will be lower if you decide not to add the milk.
If the process of making your own chai mix sounds way too time-consuming, then you can find some lovely chai mixes. These are great if you want some good quality tea but don’t have the time to make it at home.
If you have made this homemade chai tea recipe and would love to share your thoughts, feedback, variations or anything else, then please feel free to leave a comment below.