Chai Latte Recipe From Scratch

This a simple and delicious homemade chai latte recipe you’re going to love! This recipe is heartwarming, good for your body, and oh-so-delicious! I’ve been whipping up chai lattes for a few years now, trying new variations to find the perfect one.

I created this recipe one sunny afternoon when I wanted to get creative with my spice rack. It’s my favorite version ever! My husband’s even hooked and he doesn’t necessarily enjoy warm drinks. I think you’ll fall in love with it too, so let’s dive in!

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What is a Chai Latte?

If you’ve never tried chai you’re probably thinking, what the heck is this, haha! So let me explain quick. It’s called masala chai or just chai but never chai tea. If you say chai tea you’re actually just saying tea, tea. I didn’t know that for a long time so you’re not alone. Anyway chai originated 5000 to 9000 years ago in the royal courts of India. The king at the time crafted this recipe as a healing beverage with all the different spices. It was served both hot and cold but didn’t include black tea until the 1930s.

Chai lattes taste like a creamy, sweet yet spicy, cup of tea. The spices warm you from the inside out and make you feel well taken care of. The creaminess makes the cup indulgent along with the honey.

Health Benefits of Chai

Chai not only tastes delicious but it is extremely good for our bodies. Studies show drinking chai has multiple health benefits. Here are just a few!

  • may improve heart health
  • may reduce blood sugar levels
  • may reduce nausea and boost digestion
  • help manage weight/weight loss

The Best Tea for a Chai Latte

When making a chai latte recipe at home you get to customize it for you. If you don’t mind caffeine, use black tea (or breakfast tea). If you’re looking for a naturally uncaffeinated version use rooibos tea. They both taste amazing so it’s really up to your personal preference and time of day. I like using black tea during the mornings and afternoons and rooibos in the evenings/nighttime.

Best Milk To Use

My favorite milk for chai lattes is oat milk. It marries well with the tea, brings a delicious flavor profile, and makes the cup so creamy. You can ultimately use any milk you’d like but I highly recommend using oat milk. If you use almond milk or regular cows milk do know it will be a bit more watery and less on the creamy side.

Sweetening a Chai Latte

When it comes to sweetening a chai latte you should always use a natural sweetener, never refined sugar. The best option is raw honey but you can also use pure maple syrup. Not the maple syrup in plastic bottles filled with refined sugars. The sweetener you choose will make a huge difference, especially in the health benefits of this drink.

Variations of Chai Lattes

There are so many variations of chai lattes. You can do hot, cold, dirty chai, hot chocolate chai and so many more. With this recipe, you can do all of them. Follow the recipe exactly for a hot chai latte. If you want a cold or iced chai latte, brew this recipe as it is but let the drink cool and add ice cubes. If you want a dirty chai simply substitute the tea for black coffee. If you want a hot chocolate chai add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened baking cocoa powder. They’re all amazing!

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Best Homemade Chai Latte Recipe

This a simple and delicious homemade chai latte recipe you're going to love! This recipe is heartwarming, good for your body, and oh-so-delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 Mugs


  • 1 pot
  • 2 mugs
  • 1 fine mesh strainer
  • 1 Wooden Spoon


Homemade Chai Spice Mix

  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Chai Latte

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 Black/Breakfast Tea Bags *substitute for rooibos tea for uncaffeinated
  • 2 cups oat milk *can substitute for any type of milk
  • 2 tbsp raw honey *can substitute for pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp homemade chai spice mix


  • First, boil your water for the tea. I recommend doing this in the pan you're using for the latte mixture or a kettle. Then add your tea bags to either an xl mug or place one tea bag in 2 mugs. Once your water boils pour this over the tea bags in your mug(s). Let tea bags steep while making the rest of this recipe.
  • Next add your milk, honey, and homemade chai spice to a pot and begin heating on the stovetop over medium heat. Stir occasionally for about 5 minutes or until steam begins to roll off the top.
  • Then when your latte mixture is heated, pour it through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Finally, add this latte mixture to your mug(s) full of tea and take out the tea bag. Enjoy!


*If you like your drinks sweeter then add another tablespoon of honey
*If you like your chai lattes spicey add another 1/4 tsp 
*If you don’t have a fine mesh strainer skip that step but know there will be a grainy texture due to the ground spices
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  1. 5 stars
    Love this Chai Latte Recipe!!
    So delicious, after a meal or to relax with.
    I like to also use an extra tea bag (2) in my large 14oz. coffee mug {*only 1 rooibos tea bag}.
    And leave the tea bags in a little longer {*not the rooibos tea bag}.
    If I have it late in the evening I’ll use rooibos tea instead, so I don’t get the caffeine.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe!!!