The very first time I had a Chai Tea Latte I became an instant fan of the delicious blend of spices. I would only get it at coffee shops never even thought to make it at home or to look for it in stores. I love tea – hot or iced. I’m partial to green teas and the mint family of teas. My favorite local coffee shop closed its doors a few months ago and their Chai Tea was amazing; as were many other of their tea and coffee drinks. I hadn’t had a Chai Tea since then until I decided to make my own mix. Oh my gosh – let me tell you, this was so close to the coffee shop’s version that I wondered why I didn’t do this before.
So what is Chai? Chai is a centuries old drink that calms the mind and it is a spicy, pungent drink made from some of the world’s most medicinally active herbs. There are thousands of Chai recipes with many coming from India; but the basic components of Chai include black tea, cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom and black pepper. While each of these ingredients has its own powerful health benefits, their combined effect creates a potent tea that may help support digestion, prevent cancer, lower blood sugar and promote cardiovascular health.
This Chai Tea Mix has all of those wonderful spices and when stirred into warmed milk will give you the taste of that coffee shop Chai Latte without the coffee shop price. If you like to give homemade gifts at the holidays, this Chai Tea Mix is a perfect treat for the tea lover on your list. Fill a few small mason jars with the spicy mixture and attach a pretty ribbon with the specially made gift tag included in this post. It is just as delicious with hot water but creamier with the milk. I love it either way and when served with Biscotti to dunk into the tea, it’s a perfect afternoon treat.
I’ve created a printable cute gift tag with the directions on how to use the Chai Tea Mix. Simply scroll past the recipe and click on the gift tag image and it will open another window with the tags. Be sure to keep some of the mix for yourself, too – it’s amazing.
Homemade Chai Tea Mix
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp ground cloves
- 3/4 tsp ground cardamom optional
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea or decaffeinated instant tea
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
- 1 cup powdered nondairy creamer
- 1 cup French vanilla-flavored powdered nondairy creamer
- For best results: blending the ingredients in a food processor or blender will result in a fine powder. The fine powder will dissolve easily without any grainy texture.
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture becomes a fine powder.
- Pour mix into small mason jars and attach gift tags for gift-giving.
- To Serve:
- HOT Chai Tea Latte: Stir 2 heaping tablespoons of mix into a mug of hot milk or boiling water.
- CHILLED Chai Iced Tea Latte: Make as you would for a hot serving and then chill and serve over ice.
I’ve created a free printable gift tag page for you. Click on the image below and it will open in a new window. Give it a moment to load. You can then save the PDF to your computer. There are six tags to a page. Please remember the labels are for personal use only.
Tips for printing: print on 2.5 inch round labels to adhere to tops of jar lids. OR: print on card stock, cut out, and punch a hole at the top. Use ribbon, jute string, or yarn to attach to jars.
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