Chai Tea (from scratch)

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time:  25 minutes

While we were in Africa we were given 2 white bread rolls for breakfast and beans and rice for lunch and dinner daily. We actually, thankfully, had brought enough ingredients to make our own breakfast daily, but anytime you got the chance to eat something different was EXCITING. One of our newly made friends from Germany, made a Chai Tea one day from herbs she had bought. IT was AMAZING. Everyone drank it down, leaving her very little of her own treat to savor. Well anyways, her tea inspired me to go home and make my own. 

This is a GREAT holiday treat for the fam, especially on those sub zero degree days! I'd have to say it's tastier than Starbucks and Caribou's Chai tea... You can't beat fresh herbs.



  • 16 cardamom pods, gently crushed
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 6 inch fresh ginger sliced
  • 8 cups of water
  • 10 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole allspice
  • 3 star anise
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 7-8 black tea bags (can use decaf)
  • 8 TBSP brown sugar (or add as much as you like it sweet) 
  • 1 cup whole milk (add as much as you prefer) **can use almond or coconut milk


Add spices, water and black tea to pot on stove top. Bring to a boil. Then let it simmer on low for 15 minutes. Then remove from heat and let it steep for another 10-20 minutes (depending on how strong you like it). Add sugar as desired. Add milk as desired. Then serve! I like to sprinkle fresh cinnamon on top.

*Can use many other sweeteners in place of brown sugar such as raw honey, raw agave, coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, raw sugar

**Can be made vegan IF you use almond milk or coconut milk instead

You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days after you make it.