Masala chai is a spiced tea that originated from India. It has become very popular in America, where the name has been shortened to just chai, which means tea. (So when you say “chai tea,” you’re actually saying “tea tea.”)
Traditionally, chai is made by steeping strong black tea with a combination of warming spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and ginger. It’s usually sweetened and combined with milk.
Tea Sommelier’s Tips
Make your own chai blend.
Every company that makes chai has their own recipe and none will taste exactly the same. The best chai blend is the one you make yourself, which allows you to adjust the ingredients to your liking.
Whole spices extract the most flavor.
When making a chai blend, use whole spices whenever possible. They’ll add a fresher and deeper flavor that can’t be found with pre-ground spices.
Use Tazo concentrate for Starbucks drinks.
At Starbucks, chai drinks are made with a Tazo concentrate,which can be purchased online and at supermarkets. It’s the secret to making copycat chai drinks from Starbucks at home.
An iced chai latte is made of black tea, milk, sweetener, and a blend of warming spices. It's sweet, spicy, and creamy.The best chai latte is one that you make from scratch. It's so much better than drinks made with store-bought mixes, which can be overly sweet.This recipe features a chai concentrate that's made by steeping fragrant spices in a strong black tea. It can be stored in the fridge and used to make iced chai lattes at any time.Ingredients: Milk, ice, water, black tea, honey, cinnamon stick, star anise, cardamom pods, whole cloves, ground nutmeg, vanilla extract, ground ginger, black peppercorns
Thanks to this easy 2-ingredient recipe, you can recreate the hot chai latte at Starbucks. The original version calls for 2% milk, but any milk can be used. To make the spiced black tea, all you need is a store-bought chai concentrate and milk. The concentrate is the same as the one used at Starbucks, but it's more diluted.This recipe also uses a French press to froth up the drink. This creates a delicious frothy foam, just like at Starbucks.Ingredients: Tazo Classic Chai Latte concentrate, 2% milk
Learn how to make a chai latte from scratch with this straightforward recipe. It's been tested multiple times to get the perfect balance of spices and flavor.The drink uses whole and ground spices, which gives the chai latte a deep, rich flavor. It 's also made with a full-bodied, strong Assam tea, but any kind of black tea will work.Top off the latte with whipped cream, which is ready in seconds when made with a handheld milk frother.Ingredients: Milk, ground cinnamon, water, Assam loose tea, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, anise, cardamom pods, whole cloves, ground nutmeg, vanilla extract, ground ginger, black peppercorns, heavy cream, sugar
A classic Starbucks drink, the Chai Frappuccino is a delicious frozen beverage. It's made by blending chai tea concentrate, whole milk, and Frappuccino syrup.This easy recipe recreates the drink using similar ingredients, including a homemade Frappuccino base syrup that you can make ahead of time. The syrup will give the drink its iconic creamy texture.The Frappuccino is topped with a homemade whipped cream that's fluffy and delicious. You can also garnish the drink with a sprinkling of cinnamon, just like Starbucks does.Ingredients: Tazo Classic Chai Latte Concentrate, milk, ice, homemade Frappuccino base syrup, heavy cream, vanilla syrup
All you need are 3 ingredients to make this copycat Starbucks Iced Chai Tea Latte. This includes a chai concentrate that tastes just like the one used at Starbucks.There's no prep work required, so it's ready in just 1 minute. Simply combine the ingredients in a cup and enjoy.Since it's so easy to make, it's perfect for when you need a quick and cold caffeinated drink. Not to mention, you won't need to go to Starbucks so it will save you so much time.Ingredients: Tazo Classic Chai Latte Concentrate, 2% milk, ice
If you love kettle corn, you'll love this upgraded version. It's flavored with a chai spice mix, sugar, and salt, which creates a delicious sweet-and-salty snack.The key to making kettle corn at home without scorching your pot is to work quickly. As soon as the oil is hot enough, add the corn kernels and chai-sugar mix, then shake to keep everything moving.Transfer the popcorn to baking sheets, let cool, and enjoy! See the recipe to get instructions on how to make this tasty treat at home.Ingredients: Coconut oil, popcorn kernels, white sugar, chai spice mix, table salt
Elevate your next batch of chocolate chip cookies with chai spices. They'll add a warm flavor and spicy kick to the treat.Be sure to chill the cookie dough for at least an hour, as recommended by the recipe. It's the trick to making crispy yet chewy cookies.To get pockets of perfectly melted chocolate, avoid chocolate chips in this recipe. Used chopped chunks of dark chocolate bar instead.The recipe also shares tips on how to freeze the dough so you can have some ready whenever the craving for cookies hit.Ingredients: Unsalted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, chai spice, baking soda, baking powder, salt, chopped dark chocolate
This recipe combines an iced chai latte with tapioca pearls to make a rich, decadent bubble tea. Use your favorite chai tea bag to make this cold drink.The easiest way to make bubble tea at home is with store-bought tapioca, which goes from hard to chewy and bouncy in just a few minutes when cooked in boiling water.Ingredients: Chai tea bags, milk, brown sugar, tapioca balls, water, and ice.
This recipe combines two teas — chai and matcha — into one delicious iced drink. The result is a double tea drink that's packed with flavor and caffeine.First, black tea is steeped with chai spices and fresh ginger, then sweetened with sugar. Once the tea is cool, it's mixed with milk and topped with a 2-ingredient matcha cream.It's a decadent beverage that's tasty and beautiful to boot. Plus, it takes just 5 minutes to prepare at home.Ingredients: Black tea bags, green cardamom, black cardamom, clove, cinnamon sticks, whole black peppercorn, fennel, star anise, fresh ginger, granulated sugar, water, whole milk or non-dairy alternative, heavy cream, matcha
This recipe combines a chai concentrate with cocoa powder and milk to make a cozy chai hot chocolate. It's a simple 3-ingredient recipe that comes together in no time.The drink is topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It can even be made dairy-free by using plant-based milk and coconut whipped cream.Enjoy this comforting chai hot chocolate on a cold winter day or whenever you're craving a tasty drink.Ingredients: Chai concentrate, milk, cocoa powder, whipped cream, cinnamon sticks
If you're a fan of tea, make this pumpkin spice chai latte. It's a unique way to enjoy a PSL but without the coffee.To make it from scratch, simply steep chai tea bags with milk, brown sugar, and vanilla. The iconic PSL flavor will come from real pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices.Use an electric milk frother or French press to give it a cafe-quality froth topper. Ingredients: Milk, chai tea bags, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, ground nutmeg
This recipe gives Rice Krispie treats a grown-up spin by infusing the nostalgic snack with the flavors of chai.Add the chai spice mix as you combine the melted marshmallows and cereal, then spread it out into a pan as usual. Let it cool for 20 minutes, slice, and enjoy.A quick no-bake recipe, these treats are perfect paired with a cup of chai. They're sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.Ingredients: Butter, marshmallows, chai spice, vanilla, Rice Krispies
These soft and chewy cookies are like a cross between a sugar cookie and snickerdoodle. Brown butter adds a toasty, nutty flavor that complements the chai spice sugar that the cookie dough balls are rolled in.Each cookie is finished with a drizzle of vanilla bean glaze, adding even more sweetness and flavor. The glaze calls for just 3 ingredients and is so easy to make.The recipe is full of tips on how to make the perfect brown butter chai cookies. Plus, it requires just 20 minutes of prep time.Ingredients: Ground cinnamon, ground cardamom, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, ground allspice, unsalted brown butter, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, eggs, vanilla bean paste, all purpose flour, chai spice, baking soda, kosher salt, powdered sugar, milk
Biscotti is a classic Italian cookie that gets baked twice to become nice and crunchy. They're typically accompanied by a cup of coffee for dunking.This creative variation includes chai spices and brown butter into the dough, which gives the crisp baton-like cookies a lovely warm aroma. A bit of kosher salt helps bring everything together.Instead of coffee, dunk this biscotti in a cup of homemade chai or black tea. Enjoy for breakfast, snack, or dessert!Ingredients: Ground cinnamon, ground cardamom, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, ground allspice, unsalted brown butter, light brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla bean paste, all-purpose flour, baking powder, chai spice, salt, white chocolate
Homemade truffles are always great to give as a gift or serve at a party. This no-bake version combines milk chocolate, black tea powder, and chai spice for a delicious spiced snack.It's a no-bake recipe, as all you need to do is heat the ingredients into a ganache and cool it in the fridge. Once chilled, the mixture is scooped into balls and rolled in cocoa powder.See the recipe for getting the creamy texture just right for these bite-sized chocolate truffles.Ingredients: Chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream, instant black tea powder, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, cocoa powder
Whether you enjoy granola on its own or on top of yogurt, it's worth learning how to make it yourself. It's more affordable and healthier, since you know exactly what's going in it.This chai version is made with whole grains and sweetened with maple syrup. It's highly customizable, as you can add nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, and any other ingredients you like.The chai spice mix gives the granola a lovely cozy aroma. It's sweet, spicy, and packed with flavor and nutrients.Ingredients: Old-fashioned oats, quick oats, toasted rice cereal, chopped nuts, salt, flax seed meal, chai spice mix, coconut oil, maple syrup, butter, vanilla extract
Described as "the love child of a warm mug of milky chai tea and a pecan pie," this baked oatmeal is a wonderful for weekend brunch.It can also be enjoyed in so many ways. Eat it with a dollop of apple butter, serve it with a side of yogurt, or slice it into bars once it cools. The baked oatmeal is also easy to store and reheat, so you can make it ahead of time for busy mornings. Serve it with a cup of warm tea or chai latte.Ingredients: Milk, chai tea bags, old-fashioned rolled oats, ripe banana, Medjool dates, chia or flax seeds, ground cinnamon, sea salt, ground cardamom, pecans, walnuts, coconut sugar, butter