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Fancy a cuppa? How to make homemade Chai latte

I started drinking Chai tea a few years back.  Being a tea and spice lover, I instantly appreciated it’s spicy, comforting, warming flavour and it became one of my favourite teas.

I’d love to say this is a traditional recipe and I’ve certainly done my best coming up with some lovely flavours, however there are literally hundreds of Chai recipes and they all seem to be different.  I love my Chai to be sweetened with honey as it’s a rounder, deeper flavour than plain sugar; I prefer slightly more flavour from the cinnamon, with a slight kick from some fresh ginger and black peppercorns and less of the cloves and cardamom.  I also love a slight citrus twist from some fresh orange peel.

It’s important to know though, that Chai is all about being an ensemble recipe.  The flavours and spices are all necessary to work well together.

A piece of advice – be conservative with your spices until you get to know what works.  I purchased some Chai from a reputable tea company in Australia a while back and the clove smell and taste was too overpowering for me to drink.

So forget about Starbucks and that packet stuff in the supermarket – make your own healthy, fresh Chai latte.


Organic black tea leaves (I use a heaped teaspoon per person/cup)
Orange peel
Black peppercorns
Cinnamon stick
Fresh ginger
Cardamom seeds
Organic soy milk
Ground cinnamon

Place as many tea leaves, spices and orange peel to your liking in teapot; add boiled water which has been sitting for a few minutes (i.e. not just boiled) and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes (the longer the better).

Heat milk in a pan on the stove until hot but not boiling.  If you want frothy milk, use coffee machine milk wand to achieve frothy milk (or buy a milk wand, they’re quite cheap and work really well but you do have to heat the milk first).

Pour out tea into teacups using tea strainer.  Add milk and honey to taste.  Spoon some milk froth onto tea and sprinkle ground cinnamon on top.

    12 Responses leave one →
    1. Elisabeth permalink
      August 13, 2011

      Love your elegant Chai latte, and the pretty tea set, as well. I sure would love to join you having a nice cup of that latte…so different and refreshing!

    2. Emma permalink
      August 14, 2011

      Thanks Elisabeth :):)

    3. jasmin permalink
      August 24, 2011

      hi again
      i pinned one of those lovely photos on my Pinterest.. have you discovered the wickedly delicious Pinterest Emma? You have been 'pinned' quite a number of times . xx

    4. Emma permalink
      August 24, 2011

      I often go to Pinterest but haven't seen any of my photos – thanks Jasmin! I will check it out 😀

    5. jasmin permalink
      August 25, 2011

      did you have a look?

      i told you….. that sweet potato and black bean chili is popular….. :)))))))))

    6. Emma permalink
      August 25, 2011

      I had a look yeah! So chuffed with that, thanks for the heads up mate :):)

    7. Sophie permalink
      July 14, 2014

      Emma, I have never tried a homemade chai before and have been looking for a good recipe as I find the commercial stuff too sweet and un-flavoursome too :) That said, I love your recipe!!!! It worked beautifully and tasted fantastic with the orange and extra cinnamon punch. Thanks heaps, going to serve some for arvo tea tomorrow. xx

      • July 14, 2014

        Thanks so much for letting me know Sophie, I’m really pleased you enjoyed it :) :)

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