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Chai Tea Recipe

A lovely spiced black tea with milk, perfect for a cool morning. Also excellent over ice.
Course Drinks
Keyword ice, hot drink recipe, recipe, chai, drink, hot drink, tea, chai tea recipe, black tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 -3 mugs
Calories 113kcal
Author Dani Meyer


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 inch piece of ginger chopped
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tb sugar
  • 2 black tea bags
  • *vanilla
  • *1-2 cloves
  • 1/2-1 cup half and half


  • 1. Bring water with spices and sugar to a boil, whisk to incorporate spices and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add tea bags and remove from heat. Strain.
    2. Add half and half or alternative dairy and warm.
    3. If desired froth milk and top cups with frothed milk and a dusting of cinnamon.


  • *I believe a real vanilla bean or some vanilla extract would add quite a bit of flavor to this but I didn't have any to test. If using vanilla extract add it after the boil so you don't lose it from evaporation. Try it out and let me know!
    *Most recipes call for whole cloves to be boiled with the mixture. Cloves contain a high percentage of eugenol which causes your tongue to feel slightly numb. I tried as few as 2 cloves and still encountered this. I prefer mine without any cloves but if you like the flavor or are not as sensitive as I am you may enjoy putting in a clove or two. Adding at the end of the boil is also a good option.
  • Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 37mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g