This article was originally posted on the popular tea blog Oh, How Civilized, curated and written by Jee Choe.


The best chai I’ve ever had was made from scratch by my friend’s mother-in-law. She’s Indian and after explaining that chai means tea in Indian (so chai tea becomes a redundant tea tea), she served me the most delicious chai. Full of flavor with the milk and sugar mellowing out any harsh spice notes.

I’m attempting to create my own blend through trial and error. After two weeks of testing and consuming two cups of chai per day, here’s my recipe, which I must say, is pretty tasty. The hardest part is gathering all the ingredients.

Makes 2 cups

3/4 cup water
1 1/4 cup milk (I use soy.)
2 teaspoons of black tea (Assam or Ceylon)
1/2 piece cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon honey
5 whole green cardamom pods
5 whole cloves
1/2 star anise
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of coarse ground pepper

1. Crush and roughly chop the star anise, cloves and cardamoms.
2. In a saucepan, add all the ingredients except for the vanilla extract.
3. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Take off heat. Add vanilla extract.
4. Using a strainer, pour or ladle chai into mugs. Enjoy!


Thanks for letting us post this, Oh, How Civilized!



  1. Thanks for posting this recipe. I will try your blend and probably add a little more ginger since I like more of a spicy kick. And a shot of espresso for good measure. 🙂

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