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Spiced Chai Mix Recipe

Spiced Chai Mix Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

3 tablespoons: 114 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.

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Jenisl User ID: 6929561 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 User ID: 2193929 88549
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

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

goroush12 User ID: 7483501 159086
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

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

polovick User ID: 3901081 155663
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

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

rarelycook User ID: 6781421 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 User ID: 220566 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 User ID: 2512091 142273
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

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

sstetzel User ID: 158954 159085
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"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 User ID: 6405757 88542
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

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

Norene Faucett User ID: 1197508 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...."

mtorres3 User ID: 1346747 156734
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"This is wonderful! My son loves going to Starbuck's but it can get pretty expensive. I made this for him and he just loves it. Thanks for the delicious recipe!"

62hummingbird97 User ID: 5170376 140424
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"I used to purchase a Chai Mix from the store but it got too expensive. I tried this recipe last night and LOVED it!! I still have to purchase a food processor so I can get the powdery consistency the way it should be, but I used my rolling pin last night to break down the dry milk as best as I could and it worked just fine. Had 2 hot cups last night and another this morning. I won't be without this mix made up in my kitchen ever again. ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!!"

ravenswing1 User ID: 5885047 207949
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"U can buy the instant ice tea at Walmart.

Also try the Blended Chai Tea in the summer time.
2 cups ice cubes
1/3 c. mix
2/3 c. milk
Blend in blender till smooth and top with whipped cream.
Very Good."

mommalives User ID: 3778862 155662
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"I will make it again and again. What a favorite."

sassyann39 User ID: 2140492 79512
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

"I love Chia tea and buy at that expensive coffee place often, after making this I won't be spending so much at that coffee place. I love it also because I can have a late night cup without going out of my house. Will make this again and again."

mrslucky User ID: 143622 140423
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"I made this Chi Tea today. I did change a couple things because I read some reviews. I did not use sugar at all. I used Vanilla coffee creamer that was sugar free, which was sweetened with Splenda. I used 1 cup instead of the 3/4 because I did not use sugar, and I added 1/2 teaspoon more of the spices. Now I can enjoy with less guilt. Very good."

Amy in MN User ID: 4739083 140383
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"Made it as directed only sugar-free. Thought it was great, but next time I'll kick up the spices a bit and add a pinch or two of salt as someone else suggested."

rcburles User ID: 4592046 88369
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"Very good, and simple to make. I do not have a food processor so I struggled a bit with getting everything smooth and well mixed but I discovered that the blender works for mixing about two or so cups of the powder at a time. I just mixed up the big batch with my kitchen aid mixer and then blended 2 cup portions in the blender to get it evenly smooth."

bropyouthguy User ID: 2297663 88368
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

"We increased the major spices to give it more "punch" as we like the flavors to pop in our food and drinks. Adding a pinch of salt greatly enhanced the flavor. Consider using with milk for a richer version."

twinkle8o3 User ID: 1013923 140382
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"Amazing! Delicious! Great for gifts!"

slueberry User ID: 4038671 158508
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2009

"I love this recipe. In order to cut calories, I substituted sugar free french vanilla creamer, and splenda. It's still delicious! My daughter takes this to work with her everyday."

kathyor User ID: 1336413 88316
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2008

"This was very good. I put the mix in glass jelly jars and gave as small gifts. One of the recipients asked for the recipe so she can make it to give as gifts this week, too!"

djhutch3 User ID: 1811498 88366
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2008

"This was great! Tastes and smells wonderful. I am so excited, to give it as gifts. I put individual servings in small zip locks w/ a pretty label on the bag w/ instructions! I found the unsweetended lipton at Wal-Mart!"

jbigelow372 User ID: 3657643 142272
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2008

"Lipton still makes unsweetened tea mix. Their website can tell you were you can find it in your area."

tobie02 User ID: 3662134 142271
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008

"I have also searched high and low for unsweetened instant tea and can not find it. Maybe they don't have it in Canada."

thefrielings User ID: 2684659 159079
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2008

"Oh, and one more thing... I am going to try it "Sugar Free" next time I make it... with Splenda and fat free/sugar free vanilla creamer. I'll post again to let everyone know how it goes!"

thefrielings User ID: 2684659 142270
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2008

"I made this for an office party at my college, and man it was a huge hit all across campus! We've all decided that this mix is just as good or better than the drinks at many local coffee shops! I doubled the mix, and had enough to serve over 50 people."

glitterchatter User ID: 2651232 140199
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2008

"I used Nestea's unsweetened instant tea. Delicious chai . . . also tasty with a little Amaretto!"

jj.somers User ID: 1200613 142267
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2008

"Where do you find unsweetened instant tea?"

SMWhite User ID: 1115659 88343
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2008

"Wonderful! Will make very nice Christmas gift jars for friends and co-workers."

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