Homemade Chai Tea Latte (the real deal)

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A homemade COPYCAT CHAI TEA LATTE with all real food ingredients!! This latte is so amazing and contains only healthy ingredients. Finally!

You didn’t think I’d leave you with only one amazing option this fall, did you?

I know we are still overly obsessed (in the very best way) with our homemade pumpkin spice latte and rightfully so. A homemade pumpkin spice latte is clearly the drink that’s meant to be enjoyed multiple times (maybe even daily?) as the leaves begin to change (which I know nothing about…Florida gal) and sweaters are worn.

I’m not asking you to abandon the pumpkin today, rather maybe add some variety? Think of this as a delicious change to keep things from getting boring (side note: homemade pumpkin spice latte would never make it to the boring list). Trust me, friend, I know you’re going to love filling your favorite mug with warm chai spices, organic black tea, and perfectly frothy raw milk. See, delicious change and welcomed variety! Nothing to worry about.

A homemade COPYCAT CHAI TEA LATTE with all real food ingredients!! This latte is so amazing and contains only healthy ingredients. Finally!

A homemade COPYCAT CHAI TEA LATTE with all real food ingredients!! This latte is so amazing and contains only healthy ingredients. Finally!

Today, while the tea is warm and the milk is frothy, let’s just sip, savoring the new season upon us. There are seasons in life when chatter abounds and other seasons when the cool mornings and warm mugs filled with homemade treats are meant for quiet enjoyment in the good company of trusted friends.

A homemade COPYCAT CHAI TEA LATTE with all real food ingredients!! This latte is so amazing and contains only healthy ingredients. Finally!

A homemade COPYCAT CHAI TEA LATTE with all real food ingredients!! This latte is so amazing and contains only healthy ingredients. Finally!

Pull up a chair, let’s sip away! You’re going to love the refreshing change (we can get back to the pumpkin tomorrow) this homemade chai tea latte brings to this season of life.

A homemade COPYCAT CHAI TEA LATTE with all real food ingredients!! This latte is so amazing and contains only healthy ingredients. Finally!

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Homemade Chai Tea Latte

Pull up a chair, let’s sip away! You’re going to love the refreshing change this homemade chai tea latte brings to this season of life.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 74 kcal
Author Kristin Marr

Ingredients

Chai Tea

Latte

Instructions

  1. For the chai tea: In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the water and spices to a boil. Whisk the spices in the water. Once the water reaches a boil, turn off the heat and allow the spices to steep in the water for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, turn the heat back on and add the black tea bag and maple syrup. Return to a slight boil (the goal is a hot liquid for steeping). Once boiling, turn off the heat. Allow the tea bags to steep in the water and spices for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and strain the tea through a fine mesh strainer. Reserve 1/2 cup of chai tea for the latte. Store the rest of the chai tea in the fridge up to two weeks for freshness.

  2. For the latte: In a medium-size saucepan, bring the milk, maple syrup, and pinch of cinnamon to a slight boil (the sides of the milk will begin to bubble), stirring often. Once the sides of the milk begin to bubble, remove the pan from heat. Using an immersion blender (this is the trick to a frothy homemade latte), blend the milk until it's frothy.

  3. Pour 1/2 cup of chai tea in a mug. Slowly add the warm, frothy milk to the tea. Sprinkle the top of the chai latte with an extra pinch of cinnamon, if desired.

  4. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Shake and strain the extra chai tea after refrigeration as some leftover spices can settle at the bottom of the jar.

To make this recipe dairy-free, use canned coconut milk (shake first before opening) instead of whole milk. 

Pumpkin Chai Latte Version: You can make a pumpkin chai latte by whisking 2-3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree into the milk as it warms.

A homemade COPYCAT CHAI TEA LATTE with all real food ingredients!! This latte is so amazing and contains only healthy ingredients. Finally!

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151 Comments

  • Round 2 is looking good….I think maybe I’ll just stop eating and exist on nothing but your lattes for the remainder of the fall? 😉

  • WOW. So I’ve never had tea in my life, saw the pictures, had to try it. It was delicious! I am now converted. All these years I have been missing out. Thanks for this

    • Thank you, Ginger. You are absolutely correct. Chai means “tea”, but since so many in the U.S. know this drink as “chai tea” (thanks, Starbucks ;)), I decided to include “tea” in the title.

  • I had the most wonderful chai tea latte on a recent trip to Colorado. Since then, I’ve been trying to recreate the flavor and texture at home, but with little success. That is, until I found your recipe! Thank you for sharing. I love the recipe and the photos are beautiful!

    • Nicole, What an amazing compliment… Thank you so much! I’m so happy you loved the recipe and that it recreated the same flavor and texture as the chai latte you enjoyed in Colorado. 🙂

  • This is, without a doubt, the BEST chai latte recipe I’ve found(and I’ve tried probably half a dozen). The spices are super strong, the tea-to-milk ratio is perfect, and I love being able to store the extra tea base for later. This also works well iced with cold instead of steamed milk 🙂

  • Thanks so much for this recipe. I’ve tried many other chai latte recipes, authentic and not, and this is hands down, the best! Absolutely love it. Love the fact that it makes extra so you can keep the tea in the fridge and just add the milk etc on the stove as needed. Grabbed the zucchini muffin recipe while I was at it…looks fab. Now a subscriber 🙂 You rock!

  • Okay, I’ve made this twice, and twice I’ve gotten this gelatinous goop that is really hard to strain. Am I supposed to get that? Am I supposed to strain that out? Or is that part of the chai tea? Or am I doing something completely wrong?

    • Hey Debra, Gelatinous goop doesn’t sound right. Is the gloop coming from the tea or the milk?

      If it’s the milk, the problem may be due to boiling. This issue can be solved by warming the milk and turning off the heat before it reaches a boiling point. If it’s the tea, I’m not sure what would be causing the gloop.

    • I got that gloop as well, I just tossed it after straining. I think it’s the maple syrup. I noticed it after I put the syrup in the pot, and it stayed that way for straining. The beverage was amazing though! One coming right up for breakfast!

    • I got the goop too. It comes from too much water boiling off during the steeping. Use a little more water and cover the pot, that fixes it. 🙂

    • Hey Lucy, The cardamom really creates the classic Chai Latte flavor in this drink, so it can’t be substituted. It’s a great baking spice, too, so ordering online might be a possibility.

      • You can get all the ingredients at Mountain Rose Herbs. They even make a chai tea mix, already mixed with the spices….AND a caffein free version called firefly chai. They are a GREAT company. I live in Eugene, where they call home, don’t work for them or have any affiliation, but go there almost weekly for my weekly order! Great people, friendly and so helpful!

  • I’m hoping to use this recipe for a holiday food swap – if they do not wish to make it a latte, and just have a warm or hot chai tea, what part concentrate and what part water/milk to you mix? Or do you just heat up the ingredients for the “chai tea” by itself? Thanks!

  • Hello!

    Thank you for the recipe!! I’ve just made my first batch of concentrate, however, it didn’t turn out quite as spicy as i would like it to be (there seems to be just a tiny trace of spiciness). I am not very sure if it’s due to my spices or it was meant to be this way? Also, if i would like to increase the spiciness, which spices should i add more of?

    Thank you!!!

  • Home with a cold and decided to give this a try…so delish, comforting and adding a cinnamon stick to my cup made me feel much better! To adjust the spiciness to my taste, I just added a bit more chai to the milk. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Hey Kristin,
    I was just wondering, and I’m clearly the only one. In the recipe you state 2 whole cloves. 2 whole cloves of what?

  • perfecto!!! amazing stuff right here! I had no idea what chai tea was, because I’ve never been to Starbucks (I’m from buffalo, so we’re tim Hortons nuts !)
    ny husband brought me a few sample chai tea k cups and I was afraid to try them. I made your recipe instead and omggggggggg I’m and now converted from coffee to chai tea every morning 🙂 takes longer to morning ale but it’s worth it… and the k cups still haven’t been used 🙂 do u think they’d be similar?

  • This is a great recipe. For those restricting sugars and don’t care for sugar substitutes (that’s me) I left the maple syrup out. The natural milk sugars still made the latte enjoyably sweet.

  • AMAZING!!! I have made this three times and with coffee 2 times! delicious!! 🙂 I made it with coconut milk and a little coconut half and half. Better than with regular milk!! My mom loves it!!

  • Just made this and it was everything I’d hoped it be. Such a comforting drink, and there’s something so satisfying wholesome about making it from scratch and knowing there’s no nasty additives in there. I have the added benefit of using my milk frother on my coffee machine too which makes this super luxurious. Thank you for the recipe, this is definitely my new treat!

  • This looks delicious! What substitutions would I make if I used a chai black tea? Would I cut out the spices that you steep in the tea? Thanks in advance!

  • Update: I tried subbing vanilla chai for the black tea and spices (except the additional cinnamon) and I also used coffee instead of water and sweetened it with liquid stevia. It is delicious! Thanks so much for this recipe!

  • hi, im going to make this recipe tomorrow, i am not sure what black tea bags i need to buy. As im not sure tea such as earl grey or rooibus will work?

  • This looks great, I made your pumpkin spice latte this morning and loved it. Say I wanted to make this a dirty chai, but keep it at the same amount as I only have 16 oz mug, how would you suggest I adjut this and how mich coffee should I add?

    • Hey CHolly, I’m so glad you enjoyed the PSL this morning! Hmmm, for the dirty chai, I would probably use 1/2 cup coffee (or two shots of espresso), and then add about the same amount of tea. Also, I would reduce the milk to compensate for the coffee addition. Of course, I haven’t tried these recommendations ;), but that’s what I’m thinking off the top of my head. Let me know how it goes!

  • I just wanted to say that I stumbled across your site two days ago after searching for how to make a homemade chai latte. I made this recipe and it is delicious! I have looked over the whole site in the last two days and am inspired! I saved many food recipes as well as many of the DIYs. As I run out of my current household products I plan to make all my own! Thank you for the inspiration and amazing recipes and DIYs. I am on my way living in a natural home and eating REAL food 🙂

  • Thank you for this! I did switch out the milk for almond milk and it turned out wonderful! Even though it’s July I always need to have a cup of tea, and I’ve always wanted to make a latte 🙂

  • Oh my days this is delightful! Wasn’t expecting it to be that good at all! I used soy milk and it’s worked really well 🙂 Also I didn’t have maple syrup but substituted with some sugar and some vanilla extract in the milk. Thank you!!

  • Hiiii! This immersion blender idea to froth the milk just made my day, and changed my life!!!! Thanks 🙂
    I cut down on the maple syrup but still found it very sweet and would add extra spicy, otherwise I know I will make this again 🙂

  • Just enjoying a lovely cup of this stuff. Thanks for the recipe, made it with less maple syrup (1 tsp) as I don’t have a very sweet tooth. Delicious and making me feel warm on a cold summer’s day

  • OMG! This is amazing. I’m from England and LOVE the Costa ( it’s similar to Starbucks) chai tea latte and have made loads of recipes at home to recreate it but none of them taste as good as yours! Thank you for bringing this into my life 🙂

  • If you wanted to make this iced you can freeze milk with some spices mixed in so as it melts it gives more flavor instead if watering it down!

  • I don’t usually post reviews but I love chai tea (I am not a coffee drinker) so I am always looking for recipes to my tea favorites. This tea was awesome. The aroma alone was delightful. The tea has a perfect balance of flavors with just the right sweetness. I added less milk (I’ve used almond milk as well as coconut milk) because I love the strong tea flavor. The second best part is that I had all the ingredients in my cabinet. Thanks for sharing.

  • Oh my gosh this is delicious. I used my Blendtec since I don’t have an immersion blender and it turned out super foamy. Thank you for the recipe!

  • Thanks Kristin, I was really craving this after a chilly evening walk, and I happened to have most things on hand. I even used some of my stash of maple syrup on it, so you know I really wanted it! [We live in Germany, it’s expensive here.]

  • Thank you so much for this recipe! I am always on the search for the perfect Chai latte, but so far I haven’t found a coffee shop that does it just right. I made your recipe but instead of milk I used half and half, and I used 1/2 teaspoon black pepper instead of allspice. It was perfect!

    Thanks so much =P

    • Francine, Yay! Can’t wait to see how it turns out for you. ~Rachel, commenting on behalf of Kristin who is travelling outside the country

  • I am a tea lover, chai tea is my favorite and I have tried many recipes for chai tea latte(all miserable, undrinkable and expensive fails)…this is the first one that has passed my apparently next to impossible standards as excellent. This is THE recipe for me, thank-you!

  • I have bought chaI tea kcups and find them a little strong. I do add milk and sugar but the seems the strong taste stays. What can I do to make it better? Also, I am in love with the Dunkin Donuts version, so that may be my problem!!

  • I’ve been looking for a good chai latte recipe! Excited to try this! If I only have ground clove how much should I use to replace two whole cloves? Thanks. 🙂

  • I didn’t go through the whole process, but I used almond milk, tea and the spice blend and it was amazing! Better than expected! I’m going to make a a little container to bring to work for my afternoon tea.

  • Unfortunately this turned out quite gooey for me.
    Not sure why?!

    I had 2 attempts because I desperately wanted to learn how to make a chai from scratch.
    First round with maple syrup, second round with brown sugar instead. Both were so gooey!
    Any tips?
    Really wanted to like this.

    • Hey Eddie, I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. I’m not sure what was gooey about the tea–was it the spice blend? The actual tea was gooey? If it’s the spice blend, which can sink in the tea, you can try straining the tea through a cheesecloth. If it’s the tea, I’m not sure what to recommend–I don’t know what may have happened.

  • 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.

  • Tried this recipe last night and it was delicious! Best Chai Latte I’ve had!
    I used a simple tea filter and it worked fine.
    Can’t wait to have some more 😉

  • I just found this recipe and want to try it out since I love me some Chai tea lattes, but I have a couple of questions :). I watched the video and read the ingredients on the blog. You have two whole cloves listed on this page, but I didn’t see them added in the video. Is this an optional item? Secondly, on this page it says 1/2 tsp of allspice, but on the video it says 1/8 of a tsp. What amount do you recommend? Thanks!

  • I LOOOOVE chai tea lattes and this really hit the sweet spot. Although I was missing maple syrup from my pantry, I was able to substitute it with brown sugar. Next time, I’m definitely going to try it with the syrup though. Can’t wait to try the pumpkin latte tomorrow. Running to the store tomorrow morning just for the syrup.

  • I just made the chai tea pumpkin latte and it was simple divine! Thank you so much Kristin for sharing this yummy recipe!

  • You are aware that this is an Indian beverage, right? This is not American cuisine. Talk about your cultural appropriation, yikes.

    • Hey Lesley, This was an automatic setting assigned to ALL old recipes, not a cultural issue. We switched recipe plug-ins this past year, and instead of going through hundreds of recipes manually, we just decided to assign all as “American” as a temporary fix. It took months to even switch to an updated plug-in, and we’re working on fixing all the bugs and other issues currently. Please forgive us, and realize there’s usually more to the story and it’s best to find out that whole story before casting judgment and assuming. I have taken the time to fix this one so we don’t offend anyone in the future. A respectful comment about the label being incorrect is appreciated. Were you able to try the chai? If so, I hope you enjoyed it!

  • I love chai so much I created a company around it! I drink it daily, hot or cold depending on the season, but if I had to make each cup individually, it wouldn’t work with my schedule. So I make a pot full in my French press to last all week long. Just put it in the fridge and heat (or not) one cup at a time, add some milk and sweetener. I use stevia for a sugar-free, rich and spicy treat whenever I need one!

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