Home-made chai latte

Home-made chai latte

Make yourself this lovely home-made chai latte. Ginger and black pepper warm you up, warm milk will soothe you and black tea will boost your energy a bit. Ideal drink for chilly, rainy days. It matches perfectly with cardamom rolls.

You can use also ground spices – cinnamon, cloves and cardamom for home-made chai latte. But don’t use ground black pepper; it could be too spicy.

Let’s make some chai latte.

Basic spices for chai latte
Basic spices for chai latte: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, black pepper and cardamom. You can add also vanilla bean, star anise, or citrus peel.

Ingredients (serves 2)

Preparation: 20 minutes

  • 250 ml water
  • 250 ml milk, cow, dairy-free or plant milk
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves, whole
  • 1/2 tsp dried ginger or 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 peppercorns of black pepper
  • 1 teabag of black tea or 2 tsp of loose leaf black tea
  • 2 tsp cane sugar or maple syrup – optional
  • 50 ml milk, for frothing – optional
  • pinch of grounded cinnamon – optional


Pour water and milk into pot. Add spices, bring to boil over medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes. If you want a more intense flavor, roughly grind the spices using pestle and mortar.

Remove from heat after 5 minutes of simmering, add tea and sugar. Cover and let it infuse for 5–10 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the frothed milk (optional). Preheat 50 ml of milk, remove from heat and whisk it until foam forms.

Strain the chai latte after infusion and serve hot.

Serve with milk foam on top; sprinkled with cinnamon, cocoa or cardamom. This step is optional.

Tip: If you want more creamy chai latte, substitute 250 ml of water with the exact amount of milk. Simmer milk with spices for few minutes, remove it from heat, add tea, let is sit for 5–10 minutes and serve.

Cardamom rolls with chai latte
The best combination – fresh and fluffy orange-cardamom rolls with home-made chai latte.

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