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Homemade Chai Tea: Spicy, Warming, and Wonderful

Homemade Chai Tea: Spicy, Warming, and Wonderful

By Brooklynsupper

Do you crave chai? You’re not alone. The irresistible flavors of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger are hard to pass up. But you don’t have head out to your local coffee shop to get a fix — you can make your own at home and fill your house with the fragrance that makes chai so addictive distinctive.

Our approach is simple and versatile, so feel free to vary things according to your own preferences.

A note on the recipe: I use cardamom seeds instead of pods. If you prefer the pods, use those instead. I have also included fresh ginger - throw some in if you like your chai on the spicy side.

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Homemade Chai Tea

makes 4 servings


  • 2 – 3 bags premium black tea
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds (or 10 cardamom pods)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated cinnamon
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 4 peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 4 fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 4″ slice crystallized ginger
  • 2″ slice orange zest
  • 2″ segment vanilla bean
  • 2″ slice fresh ginger (optional)


In the bowl of a mortar and pestle, or with your coffee grinder, smash the cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, and fennel until they are broken up and powdery. Combine the cardamom mixture and the rest of the ingredients in a medium saucepan, scrape in the vanilla beans, and toss in the outer pod. Add 2 cups cold water, and bring everything to a boil. Simmer on low for 10 minutes, add 1 1/2 cups milk and honey to taste (start with 2 tablespoons). Strain out the tea mixture as you pour into mugs. Serve piping hot and enjoy!