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Try chai at home!

Ever wonder what actually goes into your favorite chai tea? Chai tea has been widely popular for a long time. However, how many people actually know what makes up this delicious drink? Turn out it is not as hard as it may seem to make your favorite drink in the comfort of your own kitchen!

This tea is a great substitute for that boring old cup of coffee you have every morning. Dare to switch up your morning routine or afternoon caffeine fix with a chai tea that will amaze you! The tea contains many spices that are great for overall health and in particular boost your immune system! You can never go wrong with homemade chai tea!



Chai Tea

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 TB pure maple syrup


  • 1/2 cup chai tea recipe above
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 TB pure maple syrup
  • pinch ground cinnamon


  1. For the chai tea: In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the water and spices to a boil. Whisk the spices. 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 . 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, stirring often. Once the sides of the milk begin to bubble, remove the pan from heat.
  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 and enjoy!