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DIY Starbucks Inspired Chai Tea Latte

Serves 1

DIY Starbucks Chai Latte

Ingredients

  • 2 chai tea bags
  • 8 oz. boiling water
  • 4 oz. milk (use desired type of milk)
  • *optional - favorite sweetener, I used a tiny bit of honey
  • dash of ground cinnamon and nutmeg for top

Directions

1

Steep two tea bags with boiling water for about 5-10 minutes.

2

Warm milk in the microwave or on the stove, and froth until fluffy. Pour on top of tea, and mix in any desired sweetener.

3

Top with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Enjoy!

14 Comments

DIY Starbucks Inspired Chai Tea Latte

Love the popular spiced chai tea lattes from coffee shops like Starbucks?

It’s time to DIY your own Starbucks chai latte!๐Ÿ™Œโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

Chai tea is a black tea infused with wonderful spiced flavors like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, and black pepper. The addition of steamed milk makes it over the top delicious and a perfect beverage to cozy up with during cooler months. Today I’m showing you how to save money and make your own awesome chai latte at home!

Ingredients to make your own diy starbucks chai latte

Use a chai blend tea for a time-saving shortcut!

I’ve read about methods where you buy each spice individually and steep it with black tea. That seemed a little time intensive so I would suggest just buying a chai spice tea blend.

Pouring the diy starbucks chai latte into a mug

In fact, I asked a Starbuck’s barista how she would make a chai latte at home, and she suggested this Tazo brand chai tea as a nice substitute for a Starbucks latte! She advised me to use two tea bags to make it a stronger brew and to add frothed warm milk to the top to make it a latte. Then, just sweeten as desired. This process is super EASY! Plus, you can change it up and use any type of desired milk.

Frothing the milk on a diy starbucks chai latte

Make chai lattes like a boss!

Turns out I LOVE lattes a lot, so I recently invested in this little battery operated milk frother. It works awesome, and I feel like I’ll be making coffee drinks more often at home and saving money! Woohoo!

If you don’t have a frother, no worries โ€“ just do the best you can with a whisk, or even try using an immersion blender if you have one.

diy starbucks chai latte with cinnamon sprinkled on top


DIY Starbucks Chai Latte

Starbucks Chai tea latte is a popular black tea infused with spices like cinnamon and cloves. So good.

Ingredients

  • 2 chai tea bags
  • 8 oz. boiling water
  • 4 oz. milk (use desired type of milk)
  • *optional - favorite sweetener, I used a tiny bit of honey
  • dash of ground cinnamon and nutmeg for top

Directions

1

Steep two tea bags with boiling water for about 5-10 minutes.

2

Warm milk in the microwave or on the stove, and froth until fluffy. Pour on top of tea, and mix in any desired sweetener.

3

Top with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Enjoy!


diy starbucks chai latte closeup

Result: I actually love this version better than ‘bux!

The Starbucks chai latte is actually pretty sweet, while this homemade chai latte is super delicious and just slightly sweetened, or not even sweetened at all! I think the fact you can control the sugar and use whatever sugar substitute you’d like at home is a great benefit of making a homemade chai latte.ย  You can taste the cloves and spices a bit more using this method, and I LOVE it!


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.


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Comments 14

  1. Holly Williams

    Love this, Thanks Lina!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ah thanks Holly! Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ‘

  2. 50ShadesofLipstick

    As someone who speaks the language, just wanted to point out that “chai tea” is redundant…as chai literally means “tea”. This kind of spiced tea however is called “masala chai” (“masala” means spice blend). Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh interesting, thanks for sharing!

    • Angela V.

      I didn’t know that, thanks for sharing! And thanks for the recipe Lina! I can’t wait to try it!

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Oh sure – enjoy Angela!

    • Roxierogue

      I was just about to say that too lol! It drives me crazy hearing โ€œtea teaโ€ literally everywhere. ie โ€œIโ€™ll have a tea tea latte please!โ€ sounds so funny if you think about it. โ€œChaiโ€ IS tea. Itโ€™s a Hindi word. So itโ€™s never chai tea- Just chai or chai latte, etc.. Just trying to help spread the word too ๐Ÿ˜Š
      That milk frother is a great idea, could be used for so many fun drinks- such a great idea too (As is making your own chai lattes at home!)

  3. Amy

    I love to prepare my own lattes (iced, vanilla, pumpkin, chai tea) at home! I probably visit a Starbucks about once a year. I like that I can make them just the way I like them by using the ingredients that are right/healthy for me. And it’s cheap! I don’t have an espresso maker, but I don’t feel I need one.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thatโ€™s awesome! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ‘

  4. Matthew Ward

    Tazo tea is quite expensive. If you happen to live in a city, find where all the Indians shop and by your Chai tea bags there. It’s a more genuine flavor and about half the price. If you live in Atlanta, head to The Global Mall.

  5. Matthew Ward

    Actually, I just checked on Amazon and the Wagh Bakri brand I buy is $0.09 cents tea bag vs $1 per tea bag for Tazo. That’s quite a difference!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes Iโ€™d just use your favorite brand.

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