Chai Latte

Curl up with a blanket and this easy-to-make chai tea latte - it's just the thing to warm you up on brisk fall mornings and chilly winter evenings. This drink is sweet, creamy, and full of cozy spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. For an extra boost of caffeine, just add coffee to make it a dirty chai! 

  • Author: alexandra
  • Prep Time: 1 hr 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Total Time: 1 hr 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 lattes 1x
  • Category: beverages
  • Method: stovetop



Chai "Concentrate":

(yields 14-16 ounces)

  • 2 cups (16 ounces) water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise, chopped
  • 8-10 cardamom pods, split
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/2" slice ginger root
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorn


  • 14-16 ounces chai concentrate*
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 1 cup milk (preferably whole milk)
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey or other sweetener of choice, to taste


Chai Concentrate:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients for the chai concentrate. Bring to a boil on the stove and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 1 hour. Strain the spices out of the water before using. Transfer to a jar and refrigerate if not using immediately. 

To make Chai Lattes:

  1. Transfer the strained chai concentrate back into a medium saucepan. Bring to a near-boil on the stove (205°F-210°F on an instant-read thermometer). Meanwhile, prep two mugs with two bags of black tea each.
  2. Pour the hot concentrate over the tea bags in each mug, dividing evenly between each. Let steep for 5-6 minutes. Press excess water out of tea bags before removing. 
  3. While tea is steeping, combine milk and honey and froth using a milk frother or other method of choice (see post above for more info.). Divide frothed milk evenly between the two mugs of tea and serve immediately. 


*After the concentrate has boiled it will have decreased in volume slightly. Use the full amount for 2 lattes, or 7-8 ounces per latte. 

To make a dirty chai: Add 4 ounces of strongly-brewed coffee or 2 shots of espresso per latte. 

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