This homemade Chai Tea Latte is incredibly simple to make at home. It’s warming, the perfect level of sweet, and you probably have all the ingredients in your cupboard already.
Hey, friends. I’ve posted a lot of Starbucks-copycat/inspired recipes on Baking Mischief over the years, BUT until now they’ve mostly been coffee-based (like my Mocha, Caramel Macchiato, Caramel Latte, etc.). Well no more.
Tea lovers, get hyped, today’s recipe is for you: Chai Tea Latte.
Incredibly Easy Chai Tea Latte
This homemade chai latte is beyond simple to make at home. It’s warming, the perfect level of sweet, and if you’re a chai tea drinker, you probably have the ingredients in your cupboard already.
For your latte, all you will need are:
- Chai tea bag: Any brand will work, caffeinated or decaf.
- Sugar: I call for granulated sugar in the recipe, but you can also use brown sugar or your favorite artificial sweetener.
- Milk: By default, Starbucks uses 2% milk in their drinks, but you can use any milk you’d like including non-dairy milks. The higher fat your milk, the creamier your drink will be.
How to Make a Chai Tea Latte
- To make a chai latte, you’ll make a quick chai concentrate, in this case, a very strongly brewed 1/4 cup of tea with sugar.
- Next, foam milk on the stove, either by whisking vigorously or using a milk frother, and then just pour the steamed milk over the chai concentrate. Serve and enjoy!
That’s it. Super easy, super quick, super good.
What does a chai tea latte taste like?
I think Starbucks’ chai latte actually tastes a lot like their pumpkin spice latte minus the slight bitterness the espresso gives it (there is no coffee in a chai latte).
This homemade version is very much the same. You have the spicy, warming chai flavor, lightly sweetened, and mellowed out by the steamed milk. Starbucks uses 2% milk by default, but if you like a richer drink, you can use whole milk or even add a splash of half and half or heavy cream.
Is there caffeine in a chai latte?
Yes. Chai tea is naturally caffeinated so if you use regular chai, your latte will have caffeine. If you want a decaf version, use decaf chai tea bags.
Can I make this an iced chai tea latte?
Yes! Go check out my iced chai latte post for instructions on how to make this recipe iced.
More Starbucks Coffee Drinks
- White Chocolate Mocha
- Iced Mocha Recipe
- Iced White Chocolate Mocha
- Dulce de Leche Latte
- Salted Caramel Mocha
- If you make a lot of lattes at home and enjoy really foamy milk, I recommend purchasing a handheld milk foamer. They are pretty inexpensive (typically $10-$20), work well, and are just fun to use. 😉 I own the PowerLix MilkPro Frother, and I’ve been really happy with it.
- This recipe makes a 1-cup (8-ounce) latte. If you want to fill an oversized cup, 1½ or double the recipe.
Easy Chai Tea Latte
- ¼ cup filtered water
- 1 chai tea bag
- 2 teaspoons (8g) granulated sugar *
- ¾ cup milk any percentage
- Cinnamon optional for topping
- In a small pot, bring water to a boil. Pour into an 8-ounce mug and steep tea bag for 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bag. Stir in sugar.
- While your tea steeps, pour milk into the pot and heat over medium heat until milk begins to steam (do not bring to a boil) whisk vigorously until foamy or use a handheld milk frother to froth milk.
- Pour most of the milk into the tea concentrate, stirring to combine before adding in the last of the milk and foam, sprinkle with cinnamon if desired, and enjoy!
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