Homemade Chai Tea Recipe

By Lauren Howland, Planet Green

I love drinking chai and have gotten into a bad habit of stopping at Starbucks on my way out to grab one. Although having something made on the run can be convenient, it leaves out the fun of learning to make something new, and also making it exactly how you want it (less sweetened, more spice, etc). The fun part is trying and tasting different mixtures of spice to find the perfect blend for your pallet. And, if you have extra, you can put it in the fridge and enjoy it on ice later on.

I like my chai to be pretty milky. So usually, I take a small boiling pot and fill it with 2 cups milk, or a milk alternative (I’ve tried with unsweetened coconut milk and almond milk and both work well), and one cup water. Traditionally, milk, water and black tea are boiled together. But, milk can be added after or not used at all.

Homemade Chai Tea Recipe
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  • 2 cups vegan milk of your choice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small piece of ginger, chopped up into small pieces
  • 5-7 crushed, or opened, cardamom seeds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks broken up
  • a few whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2-3 black tea bags, or approximately 6 teaspoons of loose black tea (If you like stronger tea add more).
  • sugar or alternative sweetener (optional)


  1. First, let the milk and water come to a slow boil in a small pot.
  2. Turn down the heat to a simmer and add the ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns and tea bags or loose tea.
  3. Let the mixture simmer for about 30 seconds to a minute (longer if you want stronger flavors) and then remove it from the heat. Allow 15-20 minutes for the mixture to cool and the flavors to blend, then strain into mugs. You can reheat before straining, if the tea is too cold for your liking.
  4. If you like your tea sweet, then add sugar or an alternative sweetener to taste. Enjoy!

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Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson6 years ago

Thanks I enjoy this tea every now and then and enjoy making my own fresh foods because that way I know what's in it and it's been made with respect and love.

Valerie A.
Valerie A6 years ago


Deborah Russell
Deborah Russell6 years ago

Thank you

Sarah M.
Sarah M7 years ago


Alyssa Riley
Alyssa Riley7 years ago

Wow I LOVE chai tea, its best from pei wei.

Asiatic Lion
Asiatic Lion7 years ago

masala tea

Asiatic Lion
Asiatic Lion7 years ago

masala tea

Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn7 years ago

yum i ilove chai tea

Sugar C.
Beata R7 years ago

i wil try that, thanks!

Siti Rohana
Siti R7 years ago

same ingredients but the method i was taught is different. to get more flavour:- boil grated old ginger in water. turn down heat, put in tea leaves and let simmer for two minutes. turn off heat and then stir in frothy hot milk and sugar(or sweetened condensed is nice too) to desired taste with cinnamon and cardamon seeds. place on a heating place until serving. cinnamon powder is ok too but it's concentrated so add to yr desired amount. a good chai tea has a balance of heat from the ginger; scent from the cinnamon and cardamon seeds to help cut the milkiness of the drink. loose black tea is best!