Recipe: Spiced Chai Latte Tea

Spiced Chai Latte, Courtesy: Courtesy:
Spiced Chai Latte, Courtesy: Courtesy:

Have you ever tasted Chai tea? If not, then you’re missing out! The word “chai” means tea in Hindi. Typically in the West, when someone refers to chai tea, they are referring to black tea that is spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, anise, etc. and has milk and sweetener added to it. 

This recipe uses cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and star anise. Star anise is a potent, star-shaped spice with a licorice flavor, common to Asia.  it is also one of the spices in a five-spice powder. It adds a distinct flavor to this Chai tea.

Star Anise Spice, Courtesy:
Star Anise Spice, Courtesy:


2 Tbsp. black tea
3 whole cloves
1 star anise (or other aromatic spice)
1 whole cinnamon stick
4 cups boiling water
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract, or 1/2-inch piece of vanilla bean
1 Tbsp. natural sugar or honey
1/4 cup hot milk


  1. Put the tea, cloves, star anise, and cinnamon stick in a teapot or heatproof pitcher.
  2. Add the boiling water and let steep for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Strain the tea into 4 cups.
  4. Stir in the sweetener and hot milk and serve.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • This tea can also be served cold if desired, but I especially like it hot.

Servings: 4 servings

Source:, from the book “Mad Hungry,” by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books), and



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