Better than Starbucks Chai Tea Recipe

Posted by Mrs Money on October 19th, 2009

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mugOne of my favorite things about fall is the warm, yummy drinks.  Some apple cider, hot chocolate, or especially a Starbucks Chai Tea make me swoon.  Unfortunately, we all know how expensive Starbucks is, so I don’t get it all the time.  When I was really craving it this afternoon, I decided I would try my hand at making it this afternoon.  OMG it was AMAZING.  If you like chai tea, please try out this recipe!  I think it’s better than Starbucks chai tea.

3 cups milk (I used organic 2% milk but next time will try soy)
3 cups water
7 black tea bags (you can use decaf too)
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves (I grated mine from whole ones)
1/2 tsp ground ginger

Mix all spices in a bowl.

Mix the water and milk in a pot, put it on the stove, and heat to just below boiling.  Add in the honey, made sure it dissolves, and let it incorporate for a minute.  Next, dump in your spices and tea.  Remove from heat and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Pour your tea into a French Press* (love this!!), push the top down, and strain into a pitcher.  If you don’t have a french press, you can use a strainer.  Enjoy!

It’s really not too hard to make, and it is seriously fabulous!

What’s your favorite fall drink?

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8 Responses to “Better than Starbucks Chai Tea Recipe”


  1. Your chai sounds delicious! Can I make a recommendation that you research a bit into soy, check http://www.westonaprice.org/soy/index.html. “Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility… .” Anyway, I have a whistle teapot and love to make herb tea. I have a recipe for hot cocoa from scratch… I should share that recipe on my blog. Hey, I found some candy canes, I’m going to try that candy cane scrub you shared last year.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Umm I don’t need anything that will affect my fertility! ;) I will try rice or almond milk with it. Yum! Let me know how you like the scrub!

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    Well Educated Reply:

    Phytoestrogens have absolutely no effect on human endocrine systems for the simple reason that plant hormones are not the same as human hormones. I’ve heard a thousand times people mistakenly cite the urban legend of “soy estrogen” effects on people when in fact scientific studies have found no correlation between the phytoestrogens in soymilk and human hormones.

    The Weston A. Price foundation (the website you cited) is not an accurate source of information, and has in fact come under fire for making false claims and being strongly anti-soy.

    But don’t take my word for it. Go read valid peer-reviewed journals and scientific studies and see for yourself.

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  2. Ann Marie says:

    oooooo this sounds sooo yummy!!!! :) thank you for sharing!

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  3. Web 2.0 says:

    Well drinking tea is somehow connected to culture, and I’m one of them… I drink more tea than coffee :) Thanks for the receipt, I love tea with milk…

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  4. Money Funk says:

    I have everything but the cardamom. Now it’s on my shopping list. Can’t wait to try this because I love a good chai latte!

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  5. Gwendolyn says:

    Hey, I was reading your post and I just wanted to thank you for putting out such great content. There’s so much nonsense on the internet these days its difficult to find anything worthwhile. I actually have cooked this recipe before, I got this book last month on recommendation from a friend http://ninjahq.com/go/cookingrecipes and it turned out really nice! I’m very eager to try your variation of it though, it looks fantastic. I think you might enjoy those recipes, they’re very good. Thanks for the article and tips.

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  6. Lisa says:

    I’m lactose-intolerant, so I’ll try making this with almond milk. Thanks for the recipe – it sounds delicious! :o)

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