Spiced Chai Mix Recipe
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Spiced Chai Mix Recipe

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One Christmas, my sister-in-law mixed up this drink for our family gathering. I asked for the recipe and have been enjoying it's warm, spicy flavor ever since. It tastes great with a warm blanket and a good book! —Dee Falk, Stromsburg, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:26 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 26 servings


  • 3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened instant tea
  • 3/4 cup vanilla powdered nondairy creamer
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Whipped cream

Nutritional Facts

3 tablespoon: 114 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0g fiber), 5g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.


  1. In a food processor, combine all dry ingredients; cover and process until powdery. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
  2. To prepare 1 serving: Dissolve 3 tablespoons of mix in 3/4 cup boiling water; stir well. Dollop with whipped cream if desired. Yield: about 5 cups mix (26 servings).
Originally published as Spiced Chai Mix in Taste of Home December/January 2009, p59

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Jenisl 207950
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"This is a great snowy day drink! I just used a little more nutmeg and cinnamon because I love those flavors a lot, but the recipe, as is, is DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing!"

kims9ers2003 88549
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"Used real lowfat milk and chai tea bags, really good"

goroush12 159086
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"Can you substitute something in place of sugar like stevia if so how much ?"

polovick 155663
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"Have been making it for years and love it!"

rarelycook 110452
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

"This tasted pretty good, but the cardamom is a little pricey. The worst thing about this recipe is that the powdered milk would not dissolve. There was always a glob of it in the bottom of the cup even when I stirred it the entire time I was drinking. If they could improve powdered milk, I would love this recipe."

meyerdo 163558
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"Love it!! For those of you asking about unsweetened instant tea - it took me awhile but I found it in one of my local Wal-Marts. I used it all up but think it was Nestea brand but could have been Lipton. Not all of my local Wal-Marts had it but keep looking. Hopefully you will find it. My husband uses the instant tea for making use Russian Tea and now I will use it for this Chai recipe."

teachems2002 142273
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"can't find unsweetened instant tea--can anyone help?"

sstetzel 159085
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"[quote user="CWeeks"]

I am struggling to find the unsweetened instant tea... can there be a substitution?
I'm thinking you could leave the sugar out & use a sweetened mix.  One without lemon.  I was looking on-line to see if I could find a brand, but I'm not coming up with one."

CWeeks 88542
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"I am struggling to find the unsweetened instant tea... can there be a substitution?"

Norene Faucett 63864
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"This is very tasty! My sis-in-law and I love it. It is great as is, but to make it a little healthier, we cut the sugar down & replace half or more of the sugar with Splenda. You could experiment with that - to get the combo that works best for your taste buds. Now we don't feel so guilty drinking this yummy hot drink. I'm thinking a splash of bourbon or rum on a wintery chilly night might also be an idea...."

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