How to make the most satisfying chai latte

How to make a chai latte

I created this chai latte recipe with the intention of it tasting more like the traditional masala chai rather than a chai latte you would get from Starbucks. Chai actually translates to “tea”, so when you’re saying “chai tea latte” that’s totally redundant. Masala, or a mixture of spices, is what makes the chai the chai latte that we know and love today. Masala chai is an authentic Indian tea drink recipe that is made by bringing black tea, spices, and milk to a boil, then adding light sugar to sweeten. If you’ve ever had traditional masala chai, it’s spicier and smoother than our American version (chai latte) which is typically (and unfortunately) made with a pre-made chai powder or liquid mixture that often times doesn’t even contain tea.

Since I created this recipe to be served in my tea shop, I wanted a hybrid of a traditional Indian chai and American chai latte, so that it would be time saving but also unique, delicious, and satisfying.

You can ask any of my customers, it did not disappoint. I had people tell me that I made their favorite chai latte ever! Here is how you can make it at home.


This recipe makes one 16 oz tea latte.

You will need:

  • 2 tsp Spice Junkie tea

  • 1 oz Torani Chai Tea Syrup

  • 1 tbsp honey (can substitute agave or more chai syrup to make it vegan)

  • 4 oz milk of your choice

  • 10 oz water

  • Milk frother

  • Measuring glass

  • Tea strainer

Start by brewing your tea: measure 2 heaping teaspoons of Spice Junkie tea into your measuring glass and add 10 oz boiling water. Set aside and brew for 6 or 8 minutes. While tea is brewing, add 1 tablespoon of honey to your mug, and 1 oz chai spice syrup to your mug. If you’re not using honey, substitute 1 tsp agave, 1 tsp sugar, or 2 oz chai spice syrup instead (obviously add more sugar to taste if you have a sweet tooth). While you’re still waiting for your tea to brew, measure out 4 oz milk and steam/froth and set aside (steaming your milk will add air to the tea, making it warm, creamy, and thick). When your tea is done steeping, strain into your mug, stir the tea, honey, & syrup together, pour your steamed milk on top, garnish with powdered cinnamon, nutmeg, or a whole star anise.

As always, if you don’t have a steamer or a frothing wand you can always just add in warm milk.

I like this version of chai because it is the perfect blend of actual spiced tea with the sweetness of the typical chai latte you get at a coffee shop.

Don’t forget to document how your recipes turn out! I love seeing your creations on social media!

Happy Brewing!

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