How to Make Chai Tea Latte: 3 Easy Recipes

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Learn how to prepare a classic vegan chai tea latte recipe, the caffeine-free version or a syrup. The sweetness of the tea paired with potent black tea will keep your tastebuds on edge. 

A warm chai tea is bound to get your spirits up on even the darkest and shortest of days. It tastes distinctly of plant milk coupled with an herbal infusion. Try one of these three vegan chai tea latte recipes using all natural ingredients.

Chai Tea Latte Recipe: Spice Mix Ingredients

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The following ingredients lend chai its distinct flavor. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - Dewang Gupta)

The basic ingredients for any classic chai tea latte recipe are:

  • cardomom
  • star anise
  • cloves
  • cinnamon
  • black pepper

Ready-made chai latte mixes or tea bags have nothing on the refreshing flavor of fresh herbs and spices. And drinks at the coffee shop are often packed with sugar. So better make your own homemade, authentic chai latte with the following recipes – all natural, all from scratch.

Vegan Chai Tea Latte: How to Prepare the Recipe

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This tasty chai tea latte recipe is ready in a few minutes. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - Claire Rodahaver)

Recipe Prep Time: around 15 minutes.

This chai tea latte recipe will spice up your day like no other. For two cups, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 1/2 tsp. dried cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. black peppercorn
  • 1 1/2 tsp. whole cardomom
  • 1 piece of ginger about the size of your thumb
  • 1 tsp. sugar (sugar substitutes: honey, coconut palm sugar or birch sugar)
  • 2 cups of a plant-based milk of your choice
  • 1 tbsp. black tea

How to make vegan chai tea latte:

  1. Combine all the spices (cinnamon, anise, cloves, pepper and cardomon) in a grinder. Leave the sugar aside. Roughly grind.
  2. Slide the ginger into thin slices as you would when preparing ginger tea.
  3. Next, combine the spices in a small pot and roast at low heat without oil until aromatic.
  4. Add the ginger along with 1 1/4 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  5. Now add the plant milk and sugar.
  6. At medium heat, bring everything to a boil. Remove the pot from the stove as soon as the tea begins to boil.
  7. Add the black tea to the pot and steep for five minutes.
  8. Finish up by running the tea through a strainer, fill up a cup and get cozy on the couch. Enjoy your chai latte!

Pro tip: The milk may clump up when brought to a boil. You can avoid this by heating the milk first separately and then adding it to the tea mixture.

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How to Make Caffeine-free Chai Tea Latte

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This recipe shows you how to make a caffeine-free chai latte. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay - tookapic)

This delicious chai tea latte recipe is great for those who enjoy having tea in the evening. It is completely caffeine free but tastes just as flavorful as the original.

For two cups of a rooibos chai tea latte, you’ll need the following all-natural ingredients:

  • 1 star anise
  • 1 blade of mace
  • 1 cinnamon stick (smaller)
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorn
  • 3 tbsp. roobios tea leaves
  • 1 1/4 cups of milk  (or plant-based milk)
  • 1 tbsp. organic agave syrup or honey

How to make caffeine-free chai tea latte:

  1. Roughly grind all the spices in a spice grinder.
  2. Briefly roast in a pot at low heat without oil.
  3. Add the rooibos tea, 1 1/4 cups of water and 1 1/4 cups of milk.
  4. At medium heat, bring everything to a boil. Let simmer for around ten to 15 minutes.
  5. Run through a strainer and fill up your glass! Sweeten as desired.

Note: This chai tea latte recipe variation is pretty potent due to the pepper. If that is too spicy for your liking, try adding only half a teaspoon instead.

Stock up: Recipe for Chai Base Syrup

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Try making your own base syrup. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay - jaroas)

You’ve developed a craving for chai tea latte? Then make a syrup to prepare the tea even quicker.

For one bottle of chai tea latte syrup, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. black peppercorn
  • 1 cinnamon stick (smaller)
  • 15 cardomom pods
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorn
  • around 1 oz. of ginger
  • 1 1/4 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. black tea leaves

How to prepare the chai tea latte syrup recipe:

  1. Using a spice grinder, roughly grind the pepper, cinnamon and cardamom.
  2. Peel the ginger root and slice thin or grate.
  3. In a pot, combine the spice mix, around 1 3/4 cups of water and the black tea.
  4. Bring to a boil while occasionally stirring. Once boiling, reduce to medium heat and let simmer for around five minutes.
  5. Remove the pot from the stove and let cool.
  6. Once the syrup is cold, run through a strainer and fill into a clean resealable glass.

Store the syrup in the fridge where it will good for up to two weeks. When you feel like drinking a chai tea latte, just take about a teaspoon and add it to your foamed milk or hot water. Enjoy!

Looking for more ideas for tea time? Check out Utopia’s Golden Milk Recipe: Health Benefits of the Turmeric Latte.

How to Make Chai Tea Latte: 3 Easy Recipes
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This tasty chai tea latte recipe was translated from German to English by Evan Binford. You can view the original here: Chai Latte selber machen: 3 leckere Rezepte – klassisch und vegan.

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