I was a bit skeptical a few years ago when I began to see recipes pop up for homemade Chai Latte Mix. I’m not a coffee or tea snob, but I love coffee, good tea and excessive amounts of Diet Coke. So with that much caffeine in my life I felt as though I would be a decent judge as to what constitutes a good homemade Chai Tea Mix.
I have tweaked this over and over, and this is my favorite version. It’s easy to make, and this recipe fills about 1 2/3 big mason jars. This can also be made with decaf instant tea, you can reduce the sugar, or replace it with Splenda, it’s fun to experiment. I made a big cup this afternoon and I am unsure if sharing this recipe will increase or decrease the requests we get for this at Christmas, we will have to wait and see. So far I have kept this a secret 😉
These make a wonderful, and budget-friendly gifts as well. When shipping care packages and boxes of gifts I like to tuck some of this in too, a homemade gift to enjoy is always special and appreciated. Let’s get started:
Chai Tea Latte Mix
- 1 c. vanilla sugar (mix one cup of sugar and one t. vanilla extract well, spread out on a plate and allow it to dry for a few hours-this stuff is awesome. Try it on oatmeal..nom nom nom)
- 2 c. Splenda or sugar
- 1 c. dry milk
- 1 c. instant unsweetened tea
- 1 c. non dairy creamer
- 1 t. ground nutmeg
- 1 t. allspice
- 2 t. ground ginger
- 2 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. ground cloves
- 1/2 t. cardamom (I really suggest using the cardamom, it’s the spice that gives Chai Tea is extra pop and is worth the expense. A little goes a long way)
Mix all ingredients well, store in a sealed container in a cool dry area. Makes about 1 1/2 to 1 2/3 big mason jars of Chai Tea Latte Mix.
I like to warm a cup of milk and add about 3 heaping teaspoons to a cup. If you are making some for a gift, a little tag tied to the ribbon around the jar neck with these instructions is helpful and looks cute.
Here is to being thrifty, I raise my mug of Chai to you and thank you so much for reading.
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