This super simple Chai Latte Recipe has the perfect balance of sweet and spicy flavor. Ready in just minutes, you are sure to love this coffee shop dupe.
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- Easy: I add all of the ingredients for the tea right into my drip coffee maker or keurig for a quick brew that is still delicious.
- Customizable: Add more or less spice and sweetness to your preference. You’re the barista in control of flavor.
I’m a sucker for a good latte, but sometimes tea hits the spot. I can’t help but lean towards the enticing flavor of black tea, cinnamon, and ginger. Something about a good chai really pulls you in and makes you feel that warm comfort. Making a homemade chai tea seemed so intimidating, but it’s surprisingly simple!
You don’t need many ingredients to whip up a delicious Copycat Starbucks chai and can actually have it ready in just minutes! Simple, delicious, and one we plan on making regularly.
WHAT IS A CHAI LATTE MADE OF?
The ingredient list is short for this recipe, which is one of the many reasons I love it. Here is what yo uwill need:
- Black Tea: I used basic black tea bags from our local grocer. A box of 100 was only $3 at the time of writing this post. That’s .03 cents per cup!
- Water: Just enough to brew a strong cup of tea.
- Spices: Cinnamon, ginger, and allspice.
- Milk: I used 2%, because that is what we have on hand. But I’m excited to try this with almond and coconut milk as I’m sure it will be a delicious change.
- Brown Sugar: I love the slight molasses flavor brought in by brown sugar, but you can substitute this for granulated sugar if needed.
- Vanilla: Just a touch to bring all of the flavors together.
CHAI LATTE RECIPE WITH A TEA BAG
- PREP: Gather your ingredients and measure everything you will need. I find this helps the process be extra smooth and quick.
- STEEP: Place the tea bag into your mug. Bring the water to a boil and carefully pour into the prepared mug. Allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and discard.
- MILK: Combine the milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and vanilla in a medium sized glass jar. Tighten the lid and shake vigorously for 1 minute. Remove the lid and microwave for 30 seconds, or until warm. Alternatively, you can use a milk frother after heating the mixture.
- MIX: Gently pour the milk mixture over the tea, stir, and enjoy.
- Mugs: I love to make these in glass mugs (affiliate) so you can watch the tea and milk slowly combine into each other for a beautiful cloud like experience.
- Mason Jar: I don’t own a frother (affiliate), so I make my foam milk in a mason jar (affiliate).
- Coffee Machine: You can brew the tea with the spices using a regular drip coffee machine (affiliate). Super easy and time saving.
The biggest difference is that a chai latte is going to be much sweeter than a chai tea. Both contain similar ingredients, but one calls for sugar while the other does not.
Yes! To make this an iced latte, simply pour the tea into a tall glass with ice and top with the milk after mixing, but before heating, and enjoy.
Yep. In fact, I make this in our drip coffee pot regularly. Simply place the tea bag (I add an extra) in the filter of a drip coffee maker. Add the water called for in this recipe and run the machine. Complete the milk as stated in the instructions below.
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- 1/2 cup water
- 2 black tea bags
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place the tea bag into a mug.
- Bring the water to a boil and carefully pour into the prepared mug. Allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and discard.
- Combine the milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and vanilla in a medium sized glass jar. Tighten the lid and shake vigorously for 1 minute.
- Remove the lid and microwave for 30 seconds, or until warm. Alternatively, you can use a milk frother after heating the mixture.
- Gently pour the milk mixture over the tea, stir, and enjoy.
- Adjust the spices based on your tastes.
- For a sweeter drink, add an additional tablespoon of brown sugar.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g