Homemade Chai – The Perfect Gift

Written by Connie Jelkin

Written by Connie Jelkin

Oh baby, it’s cold outside again. I hate the wind and I hate cold toes. But the good news is, I love my Chai Tea!! It puts a smile on my face to cuddle up to that warm cup and that tasty hot drink even warms my feet.

But have you priced that stuff at your local coffee shop? Wow! The price makes my favorite a definitely once in a while treat.

So I’m cold and poor . . .Homemade to the rescue.

I picked up a recipe from online, purchased the ingredients and went to work. Everything in my recipe was at the local store, no speciality stores were needed. I did end up purchasing fresh cardamom from the store, but that was an unexpected treat.

From then on, it is pretty quick work. Measure and dump, Measure and dump. As you can see, not all of my measurements were exact! The recipe says to blend the ingredients, something I don’t own, so I just used by handy whisk. It worked just fine, but the blender probably would make some of the particles a little smaller.

Then, just add the mix to the hot water and settle in for your own smiles!

While your all smiles, let me pass on some lessons learned: 1) Heat the water to an actual boil. It just makes for a better drink. 2) The mix is better the next day. It allows all the flavors to blend and mix. Because I used the fresh spices, my mix had a strong spice smell. Which I really liked, but the stuff in the jars I’m sure, will work just fine. 3) Keep your mix in a sealed container. You don’t want to loose any of your special smiles!!

Now to the facts man: My ingredients totaled up to a whopping $22.33!!  I thought that was cost prohibitive, but wait, when I measure it all out, my Chai Tea comes out to only $.64 per cup. AND – -I have enough ingredients to make up another batch.

Now that can put a smile on your face AND warm your heart.


Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix

1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 cup French vanilla powdered non-dairy creamer
2 ½ cups white sugar
1 ½ cups unsweetened instant tea
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
¼ tsp white pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it is a fine powder (If you have a small food processor, you can combine just the instant tea and spices in the food processor & then combine everything together in a bowl).

Add two- three tablespoons of mix to 8 ounces of hot water or milk.




About the author

Connie Jelkin

I have been a Librarian for over 25 years in both the public library and now in the school system. I really feel that it is important to teach kids the love of books and reading. That being said, I love going to all kinds of movies and plays with my husband, Jim. Everyone says that he is a very patient man.

  • Leslie Means

    LOVE this!! Going to give it a try for holiday gifts. Thanks so much!

  • Amy P.

    Wonderful!! Gonna share it with my chi drinking friends. (myself, not a Chi fan…) :-)