Spiced Chai Recipe

Spiced Chai Recipe (A Beautiful Mess)I've been in search of the perfect at-home chai recipe for years now. I was a little nervous to make this for Friendsgiving, as I still feel like I'm always tweaking the spices. But I think I have finally found the perfect recipe. And I have witnesses! You can always adjust the spice (or sweetness) level to fit your palette.Homemade Hot Spiced ChaiSpiced Chai, makes 2-3 servings

Needed: 2 bags black tea (any kind), 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cloves, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 5 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk.

Fill a tea pot with 5-6 cups water. Add the tea bags and bring to a boil. Stir in the spices and turn the heat down to low. When you are ready to serve add 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk to each cup. Pour in the hot tea and stir to dissolve the milk. Serve with a cinnamon stick! xo. Elsie

  • We love to use maple syrup instead of sugar! Must be the Canadian in us!

  • Have you ladies been to Gem of India in town? They have some of the most delicious chai in the world there… but since I’m now living hundreds of miles away from good ol’ Springfield MO I’ll have to try your recipe now.

  • Just made this – SO yummy! Really, how can you go wrong with sweetened condensed milk?! Thank you for the recipe.

  • It’s great how simple this sounds for such a yummy drink. You’ve inspired me to try some new recipes on my next free day x

  • I’ve been making my own Chai for years. My secret is to put all the spices in a blender along with some brown sugar and whip it up so that everything is finely ground and blended well. Then I make my black tea and add almond milk and some of the spices to it. Beyond good… 🙂

  • i never had a spiced chai, but this looks really nice!
    thanks for sharing 🙂
    xo, cheyenne

  • Oh, yum yum yum! This looks so good, Elsie! I love chai so this is perfect for me!



  • I love making my own chai mix I like to use the loose leaf variety and add some vanilla sugar!
    So good 🙂


  • Made this this morning, it’s delicious! Thanks for the recipe! I put sweetened whipped vanilla cream on top, it was awesome!

  • this looks delicious! And I love the nail polish color! What is it?


  • AH! I’m so happy that you posted this! I always spend money on chai latte’s because I can never get the recipe right at home. I literally made one this morning at home, hated it, and went out to get some today. So i’ll definitely be trying this! Thanks!

  • Forgte the chai! Let’s talk about that gorgeous nail color! What color and where pretty please 🙂 I love it!

  • OMG that sounds absolutely divine! I am totally going to give this a try at Thanksgiving while my sister and her family are here! She would love this just as much as me I bet!

  • This is so perfect! I love love love chai latte’s, but I’ve never been able to find a good home recipe. I can’t wait to try this one out.

    Xo, Kelsey


  • i have some questions
    you said 2 tea bags is it the bags that we use for 1 cup?
    how do you use cardamom, with hull or without?
    and ginger, planed or powder???
    thanks for this great recipe!!! will try after answers 🙂

  • When I ran a Cafe back in my home town, we had a house spice mix that was very similar to this, but instead of brewing it together, we made a huge vat of spice syrup! We would stock the pantry with it and it lasted for weeks!

  • YUMMY! I’m gonna try that out really soon!

    xxx Lena


  • Thanks so the recipe, will have to try soon! Stop by my blog if you have the chance, currently featuring a DIY pink glittery pumpkin, my floral crown, a cat print dress, and a give-away!


  • I’m sooo glad I found this recipe! this will be perfect for the weather here now! (kinda gloomy and rainy) Thank you! will definitely try this one out! 🙂

  • chai lattes are my favourite warm winter drink!i never thought of making this myself!thank you for sharing this yummy recipe 😀

  • Yum, I love chai! Great recipe, looks super easy too which is great – way better than buying the big box of the pre-made stuff. Might have to sneak this into dinner (adding some rum perhaps?)

    Strive to Thrive,

  • Great recipe. My mother-in-law can heat the milk in the pot with the tea, but I always get distracted and it ends up boiling over. I have never tried sweetened condensed milk. Thanks for the tip!


  • I’ve never tried to make my own chai – this sounds fun! Thanks!


  • Aww! I don’t know if you’re going to notice this and answer me, but can you tell me what nail polish color/brand is that? It’s so pretty!

  • I’ll have to try this!

    Also, random question, what color is your nail polish?? It’s so pretty!!

  • Ι just came back from school and saw this. I made it after lunch…Oh my God. I have never drunk something like this before. It definately smells like christmas…!

  • Awesome! I love Chai 🙂 Thanks for the recipe! Oh and Happy birthday Elsie 🙂

  • I have my masala chai tea mix lying on the shelf for like a year and a was searching for the recipe worth to try it… And finally, ta-daaa!!! I’m drinking my third cup today. It’s spicy, sweet, warm and I’m pretty sure this will be my everyday morning ritual for couple of weeks now. Thank you, girls. You’re the best! 😉
    xo Misha

  • Hi!! I just want to say I love your blog. I knew about it a few months ago, and from that moment I fell in love with all the things you show in it. I´m Spanish, but I live in London. I love all Emma’s recipes, Elsie’s pictures and designs and Jeremy’s music. Thank you a lot for all that stuff…

  • hi elsie, in my old recipe we swap the sugar for honey and boil it with milk (whole milk or bio milk is the best) this gives it a better taste 🙂

  • Really great and perfect for day. Have a nice day and many reasons to smile. “O)


  • Great recipe, can’t wait to try it I’ve been trying to find the perfect recipe for ages now!!


  • Oh! I love chai tea!
    Great idea to drink while working on my blog this morning!


  • With this recipe at hand I can finally skip the long line at the Coffeeshop every morning and make it myself instead: yay!

  • Oooh! I’ve been looking for a good chai recipe! Can’t wait to try this!


  • I’m not a chai fan however have a lot of friends and work colleagues who devour it like water. i shall definitely keep this recipe at my sleeve for special events.

  • sounds perfect. I normally use the powder but making your own sounds great. must try!

  • the spiced chai sound delicious 🙂

    p.s. happy birthday Elsie 😀
    may God bless you with more years of happiness, creativity and love. You are a daily inspiration for so many people and I admire you a lot. A big hug for you.

  • I think I have all of these ingredients, I’m going to try this tomorrow! Thanks Elsie!

  • I finally perfected my chai recipe too! It tastes just like the steaming hot, clay cups of chai I enjoyed while traveling in India. I posted my favorite recipe here: http://whitbnimble.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/30-while-im-30-october-update/

  • i have to try this once i’m done with my south beach phase 1. i’m a HUGE chai fan, so this is interesting with condensed milk (my fav!)

  • I approve! Haha, my mom is indian, so even though we live in Denmark, she likes to dig up real spices for cooking at chai tea! It’s lovely 🙂

  • Sounds perfect! A good fall/winter change up from traditional hot coco…must try!

  • I love chai thanks for the recipe! also her fingernail polish is a great color 😉


  • Oh the deliciousness of chai! Bookmarking this page.

  • I love spiced chai! I’ve never tried to make it from scratch. Thank you for the recipe.

  • YESSSS!!! I am so excited that I have all of this in my pantry!!! I think…LOL

  • will try to make this.. 🙂 thank you Elsie.. 🙂


  • Perfect!


  • This sounds great! Will be bookmarking for myself and sending this to a few friends who love chai 🙂

  • can’t wait to try this recipe!!! sounds awesome & yummy.
    we’re also obsessing over your nail polish color! it’s awesome & yummy!!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

  • this is what i’m talking about! i LOVE CHAI! i must try this 🙂


  • I’m so happy you posted this. I’m absolutely in love with Chai. I work in a coffee shop so I’m always working with it, but have always wanted to try making my own.

  • This looks wonderful! I can’t wait to give it a try. I also highly recommend adding white pepper to the mix if you like a little extra kick of spice!

  • I love chai! I’ve been making my own tea combinations for years and this is pretty close to it! Delicious thanks for the inspiration!

  • Elise- Yes, for this recipe I steeped the tea for about 3 minutes. You like your chai very black then you can steep for a little longer. 🙂

  • Yes yes yes! I love chai, but I’m not the biggest fan of buying the tea bags. Oh I’m so excited to try this.

    Question though: I tend to stick to the time limit for steeping the tea bags in the hot water (Typically 3-5 minutes for black tea). Do you follow that time limit for this recipe?

  • How long do you think this mix would last? My MIL’s boyfriend really likes Chai, and it might be nice to make a homemade mix for the holidays…

  • This sounds really delicious! Chai is the best, especially with this chilly weather 🙂

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