Homemade Chai Latte Recipe | Drinks Diaries

Chai is a blend of black tea, spices, and herbs; originating in India. Chai latte is my favorite tea-flavored hot drink since I first tried it in Japan couple of years back. I never felt the need to try out the recipe at home because there were so many Starbucks in Tokyo. I could literally just get this drink anytime, anywhere. After moving to Melbourne, initially, I missed Starbucks (not many here). But now, after trying so many local cafes I feel this place is blessed. With every street having a family-owned cafe and serving finest coffee (exceptions are there), you can't really complain much. I have found very few cafes that disappointed me in their coffee/tea game.

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As I don't go out much, having chai latte at a cafe has become very occasional now. Having said that, I definitely crave for a hot cuppa chai latte every now and then. That is when I thought to give this recipe a try at home and see how much I like it.

I have tried this recipe a couple of times in the last 2-3 months and have loved it every time. If you're a fan of chai or chai latte or would like to try this thing and decide for yourself then check the recipe at the end of this post.

Chai Latte

Most of the cafes use premixes that contain what not. As I have decided to eat more healthy this year, I thought this is again a good excuse to cut on cafe drinks and instead go for a healthy, homemade alternative. I looked on the Internet for the recipe of this drink and found a myriad of methods that people make their chai latte. If you have ever tried Indian masala chai, you'd know that chai latte is a very close cousin of that.

Chai Latte

Chai preferences vary from person to person, some like it strong, some mild. Some prefer a lot of milk while others like it in half and half consistency of milk and water. Hence, feel free, to adjust the tea, spices, and herbs as per your palate requirements.

Chai Latte

You can also make this one dairy free by using coconut or almond milk. I tried this with soy milk also but I think I prefer either dairy or coconut for this recipe. Try and let me know what's your favorite.

Chai Latte

Homemade Chai Latte Recipe | Drinks Diaries

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 cups

Homemade Chai Latte Recipe | Drinks Diaries

Healthier, homemade version of chai latte


  1. Water – 2.5 cups
  2. Black tea – 2 tbsp.*
  3. Fresh ginger – 1 inch piece
  4. Cloves – 4-6
  5. Ground cinnamon – 1 tsp and a pinch to sprinkle on top of the chai latte in the cup
  6. Ground cardamom – 1 tsp
  7. Ground nutmeg – ½ tsp
  8. Ground allspice – ½ tsp
  9. Milk (full fat) – ½ cup**
  10. Maple syrup – 1 ½ tbsp


  1. Start with adding water in the saucepan and turning on the flame to medium high.
  2. In a mortar and pestle, crush the ginger and add it to the water in the saucepan.
  3. Crush the cloves in the same mortar and pestle and add to the water.
  4. Add the dry spices and whisk everything together.
  5. Once the water reaches a boil, add black tea and lower the heat.
  6. Let it simmer for 5 minutes and then turn off the heat.
  7. In another pan, add the milk, cinnamon and maple syrup.
  8. With a milk frother, blend everything and froth the milk. You can also use an immersion blender.
  9. Take your cup, and fill it half with the chai that we prepared earlier. Store the remaining chai in a jar and keep it refrigerated for up to a week.
  10. Next, fill the cup with the frothed milk and gently mix with a muddler.
  11. Sprinkle with some cinnamon.
  12. Your chai latte is ready to enjoy.


*I have used loose Assam tea, as I like my chai a bit strong. You may use tea bags and some other variant depending on how strong or mild your preference is. Darjeeling is a milder version if you like things mild. **You may also use almond or coconut milk if you prefer dairy free.


I hope you will try this recipe out and share your feedback with me in the comment section. I'd also love to know what's your favorite hot beverage.

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  • Melanie Edjourian

    I can imagine this tastes fantastic. I love the mix of spices used to make the latte and the fact it’s sweetened too.

  • Dogvills

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! Now I can make my own chai latte. to enjoy anytime I like and not have to drive down some cafe to get my fix. Awesome!

  • I love Chai Latte as well and when it is made right it makes for a pretty delicious and comforting drink. While I wouldn’t recommend Cafe Nero’s one that tastes like washing up liquid, independent coffee shops do some great chai lattes. I really love the idea of making my own though, although it might not be as good as yours! Its pretty cold over here in the UK at the moment so a cup of chai latte seems like a nice idea to me x

  • Dada KS

    Ahh this brings me back to India! Chai! Chai! we could hear the street vendor call everyday! I used to work in an Indian restaurant and it was there I had my first cup of home made chai. The winter is approaching so this would be good for our winter picnic! Ahh I can almost smell all the aromes when I open the thermos sitting under a pine tree full with snow.

  • Emma McKay

    Oh man this looks so good! I had no idea so much went into a chai latte. Definitely an insight. I’ll have to try this!

  • Ana Ojha

    I’m not a tea person but your Chai Latte looks similar to Starbucks Chai Latte. I’ll share it with all my Chai Latte lover friends!

  • Jen S

    These look so amazing! I love chai lattes but I had no idea how to make them at home. (Usually at home I just make plain chai and drink it as normal). Thanks!

  • Star Harford

    Ive never tried chai latte but looking at the ingredients and pictures it looks like I would actually love it! I have most those things in the house so as soon as I can get to the shop for some ginger I will give it a go!

  • Joline

    This looks perfect for a crisp fall day. We love tea! I can count on 1 hand the number of times I’ve hand chai though. Must change that. We’ll try your recipe for sure.

  • I didn’t realize, but even in parts of Europe, Chai refers to tea. We have friends who were in the Ukraine last summer and they say that the people there called tea “Chai”. I’ve meant to ask them what is actually in a Ukrainian “Chai” tea…if it is just a black tea with honey, or how it is made. Either way, it’s one of my favorite drinks during the fall. x

  • I know when I had a neighbour, when they asked if I wanted tea, they gave Chai. I loved them for it because it was soooo good. I love that you give the organic way of making it too!

  • Thnak you so much for this recipe! I’m a teadrinker and in the afternoon I like to drink black tea with milk, usually with soya milk. I’ve been wondering how to make a nice cup of chai latte and which spices to add. Thanks to you now I know how to make it!

  • Maria Ingrid

    The finished product looks so good!! I usually just prepare my chai latte with black tea, milk, honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.. I would love to try adding some of the ingredients you mentioned above..

  • Alok Rana

    WOW!!! I never thought we can do this with our tea. In India there are always some chai lovers in every family. I would love tot try this out for my parents.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Keep it up.

  • Kai Digger_Digg

    I’m tea addict and i think its common in India, this looks so good, i love cinnamon fragrance and it also helps to burn some calories, i’m sure gonna try this.

  • I love chai lattes – but I would never think to make them at home! This recipe is actually really easy, so I’ll have to give it a go x

  • Helen Clark

    I’m a huge fan of chai tea too. Whilst I like treating myself to one in Starbucks now and again I prefer to make my own at home. I cook it with the milk in which makes it really creamy and a real treat.

  • Before I would not of dreamt having a Chai Latte, but a dear friend recently introduced me to it, and boy is it lush. A great recipe.

  • I’ve never tried this before. I’m not much of a hot beverage drinker but I’ve seen so many people raving about chai tea and lattes. Everyone seems to really like it

  • Kim Gammage

    I adore chai lattes, Waitrose used to do the most amazing instant mix, I lived off it for years! That being said I do prefer a cup of zaffran chai though, costs me next to nothing but it’s amazing!

  • Chai Latte is something new for me, as never tasted it. As I am a tea lover, I am sure that I will like chai latte. Great recipe for chai lovers.

  • Chai Latte I love it and you are right its the cousin of Masala Chai that I personally can’t live without.