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Chai Tea Mix Recipe

Chai Tea Mix Recipe

I received this recipe from my sister, who got it from a friend in Alaska. This warming drink makes a great Christmas gift. For friends at work, I bought some cute jars with lids. I placed some fabric on top and tied them with ribbon. —Donna Gish, Blue Springs, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:32 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups unsweetened instant tea
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered French vanilla nondairy creamer
  • 1-1/4 cups powdered nondairy creamer
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 cup hot 2% milk


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first 12 ingredients. In a blender, cover and process tea mixture in batches until powdery. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
  • 2. To prepare chai tea: Place 1/4 cup mix in a mug. Add hot milk; stir until combined. Yield: 32 servings (8 cups tea mix).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup chai tea: 257 calories, 7g fat (5g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 136mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 0 fiber), 9g protein.

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Maureen User ID: 9163764 265699
Reviewed May. 8, 2017

"Would like to know where we can buy the instant tea, tried a few stores and they dont carry it. Pls help!!"

Leesaml User ID: 8673959 240083
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"Thought it was really good. My husband said it was too sweet. Giving it as gift for Christmas"

ahhschucks User ID: 6443665 218391
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"This is amazing! I believe that blending the ingredients is the key to a perfect drink every time. My daughter says that this is way better than Starbuck's."

SWI User ID: 5623703 213879
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"This sounds really good sans all the sugar which I noticed you didn't put in the break down for nutritional content. That is an enormous amount of sugar! Will be experimenting and hoping to keep the integrity of the tea. Thanks."

DeKay81 User ID: 7512755 125706
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"This mix is very good. My husband asks me often to make it. It reminds me of the chai tea cappuccinos that you can get at some of the gas station cappuccino machines but it tastes much, much better!"

amysmess User ID: 7202245 138051
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"This is an excellent recipe! It was quick, simple and makes a great gift! I will be using this recipe forever!"

carriegj User ID: 6895597 151654
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"Delicious! So easy to make and easier to drink!"

omathiessen User ID: 7502779 196305
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"I will make this for Christmas, however will be using splenda, both brown and white. Thank you!!!!"

imscotty User ID: 7233774 183775
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2013

"tast so good"

LaDawn Marie User ID: 697327 114979
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"Holy smokes this is good!"

Val634 User ID: 3816447 114978
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"This is a great warming drink. Not a fan of cardamom so I replaced it with 3/4 tsp. ginger. I've made a couple of batches to give away for Christmas gifts."

dilounge User ID: 4185691 181097
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"Delicious.. Everybody love the mix!"

kowgirl15 User ID: 3687548 125697
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2012

"I love this recipie! IT is a keeper! I love the Oregon Chai Tea Liquid as well, but this totally is a wonderful beverage, as good or better than the liquid version!"

dreamon01 User ID: 4980336 181096
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"I made a few changes, but overall it is quite good. First, I added 1 1/4 tsp of ginger. Other chai teas I have made (fresh from teabags) had ginger as a primary spice and this one is lacking the ginger. I made mine with hot water, not hot milk, at the end. I suppose really the difference is if you want chai TEA or chai latte. Since this is supposed to be chai TEA it already has tons on milk product in it....powdered milk and 2 kinds of creamers. So,I added my ginger and my hot water. Loved the spice, I can live with how sweet it is but the problem here is that you are still left with all the spice sediment in the bottom of the cup. Normally with chai tea the spices (in whole seed/clove format) are strained out of the tea and you don't have all the junk left on the bottom of the cup. Well I fixed that too. I filled up my coffee maker filter basket with the mix and made 2 batches in my coffee pot. Voila. The junk is strained out. I made a big jug of it like this and put that in the fridge. If we want it hot, can reheat in microwave; since my daughter likes it better as iced chai she can just throw ice in a glass and make hers that way. Even going to the effort of running the mix through the coffee maker's filter basket is a lot easier than making a pot of chai from fresh tea leaves once you get this big batch of mix thrown together."

SmilingRain User ID: 2373152 181094
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"I made 1 batch for myself, and now have many friends I'm making it for as gifts. LOVE it!! Note: If you don't have cardomom, use equal parts ground cinnamon and nutmeg. The only reason I made this change to the recipe was because a 1.75 oz container of cardomom was going to cost $15!"

rarola User ID: 6436462 138050
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"Made great gifts in pint jars and a decorated top."

candlefool User ID: 1672942 181092
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"Made two batches of this for Christmas gifts this year and it was a hit. For the 2nd batch I cut the sugar in half - it was just too sweet for me with 2 whole cups. That's alot of sugar! Definitely be making this again next year. I've already had many requests for the recipe"

lololori User ID: 2901988 181089
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"fantastic wether you mix it with milk or hot water"

brat021502 User ID: 5442248 181087
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"@ CWeeks lipton makes it it's in a tall brown like bottle with unsweetened across the top"

brat021502 User ID: 5442248 114976
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"I can't have tea but this looked really good to make for Christmas gifts. I had some left over and decided to try it and see if it makes me get sick like the normal tea does, it didn't and the taste of it is great and the smell alone once its all combined it awesome! I told my husband if we didn't like it the rest of it I'll just put it in a bowl or something and leave it out for the scent:)"

CWeeks User ID: 6405757 138047
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"Is there a substitution for the instant Unsweetened tea? I am having a hard time finding it."

medabear User ID: 2977943 119937
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"Good as is, next time I would reduce the nutmeg (a little too strong for my preference). I also prefer to increase the amount of milk for each serving by about 1/4 cup. Is there a way to make it a touch creamier?"

jazacher User ID: 5997197 181086
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"Great flavor, but grainy texture even after blending. Still experimenting!"

Valeriejk User ID: 6375648 193854
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"I made my first batch this morning, with a few modifications (thanks to all who added their input before me!). It is wonderful! I think the spice mixture is perfect as is, especially for gift giving! Flavorful but not too strong. I used 2.5 cups of instant tea, because there was half a cup left at the bottom of the jar, and I prefer to taste the tea. I skipped the french vanilla creamer, increased the plain creamer accordingly, and used 2 cups of powdered milk. I agree with 4thefam 100% - the amount of sugar listed would be WAY too sweet for my taste, so I used homemade vanilla sugar (add 2 tsp. vanilla extract to 2 c. sugar in the raw, let dry overnight; break up lumps w/your fingers). The trip thru the food processor took a little bit of time, but I had very little residue in the bottom of my cup. I sampled the mix with hot water and hot milk - both very good! Thank goodness I have plenty of each of the spices, so making this again and again (for gifts and for home!) won't be terribly expensive."

4thefam User ID: 6364476 136732
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"I made this recipe yesterday and followed it to the Tea. Get it!? To the "Tea". Oookaaay, moving was good but almost sickeningly sweet. So, today I decided to try it again leaving out the 2 cups of granulated sugar and BINGO! It's fabulous! Seriously, I can't stress this enough, LEAVE OUT THE 2 CUPS SUGAR! You will still have a sweet drink. If you don't agree with me and think it needs to be sweeter you can always add it afterwards."

minnnat User ID: 163662 151653
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"Pure deliciousness. This mix also makes a wonderful hot holiday drink---just add a little rum, put in a festive mug and add a candy cane stirrer."

heathergail User ID: 3940286 121508
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"It sounds yummy can't wait to try it, but a bit confused with all the powered milk and creamers why use hot milk to make, and not hot water?"

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