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Homemade Starbucks Chai Latte

Today I learned how to make Chai latte from scratch. Buying chai latte from the grocery or at Starbucks can be very expensive in the long run. 5$ per cup or 6-10$ for 10 bags/kcup of chai latte. Sometimes it is even too sweet.

Learning how to make Chai latte can be beneficial in so many ways. You can control how sweet/spicy it is. It is also cheaper since my recipe will give you 4 servings that can be stored in your fridge for future use. Talk about saving time!


5 minute PREP

5 minute COOK

4 servings

Credit for part of the recipe here


  • 3 cups of milk
  • 3 cups of water
  • 6-8 black tea bags (I used 6)
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger (mashed or diced)
  • 5/6 star anise
  • 5/6 peppercorn
  • A strainer


  • 1 tsp of cardamon *
  • Whip cream*

I know cardamon is one of the main ingredients in Chai latte… well that’s what I read so far. However, it was really difficult for us to find it at our local market, so I decided to cross my fingers and hope for the best that the taste will be the same. I can tell you for a fact that it 90% taste like Starbucks Chai latte for a fraction of the price!

I omitted the whip cream because I simply dislike it! Personally, I don’t think it adds taste to it. The only thing it adds is extra fat (LOL).


  1. Boil water and milk. Make sure to stir or else the milk will burn.
  2. Add all other ingredients.
  3. Remove fire and let it steep for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Remove tea bags and filter it with a strainer.
  5. Serve with cinnamon at the top or whip cream.

There are also numerous videos on youtube that explain how to make Starbucks Chai latte. I like this one.

TIPS on How to Save Money on Ingredients

  • Purchase spices at an Asian/Hispanic market instead of your local grocery store.
  • Most of the time you are paying for the brand, not necessarily for the quality of the product.

Ground Nutmeg (Badia)- 0.65$ at Asian/Hispanic market versus 5.99 McCormick at HT OR 4.44$ at Walmart

Ground Clove (Badia)- 2.17$ at Asian/Hispanic market versus 8.79$ McCormick at HT OR 4.97$ at Walmart

Star Anise (Badia) – 0.65$ at Asian/Hispanic market versus 8.99$ at Morton & Basset Brand at HT OR 7.33$ at Walmart

At Grocery Store – Harris Teeter

Cinnamon – 1.99$ Harris Teeter versus 2.99$ McCormick or 2.48$ at Walmart (WM Brand is 2.47$)

English Breakfast Black Tea (Bigelow) – 20ct for 2.99$ or 2 x 2.50$ 40ct Harris teeter brand *** CHEAPER AT WALMART

Lipton English Breakfast, 20ct for 2.12$ OR Twinings of London EB tea Bags, 50ct, 5.28$ at WM


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The initial cost seems like a lot, but it’s not. It’s only because I didn’t have these at home… most people have milk and tea bags, or cinnamon. Some of the spices can be used for other recipes. Anyway, even if you purchased chai tea bags it would still come up to 8-9 dollars.  Once you purchase all these ingredients, the only ones that you would need to get at the store/market again would be milk, tea bags and maybe ginger. I usually use ginger when I cook a dish for supper (i.e. chicken).

In the end, 0.59$ par cup is pretty inexpensive than the average 4-5$ you would need to pay at Starbucks.




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