Friday, December 28, 2012

Vanilla Chai Tea - Homemade is Better!

My friends and I have a favorite place to grab a bite to eat here in town - Cafe 11. It's on A1A less than a block from the beach, and they serve the yummiest chai teas. You can get them hot or cold, vanilla or spiced.

I always order one when I go, and often stop in and grab one for the road. It gets a little pricey that way though, much like stopping into Starbucks all the time.

Last year I made my own Vanilla Hot Cocoa Mix, so I figured the same principals would work with making my own chai tea mix. It sort of reminds me of making Russian Tea mix, which I used to drink as a child from time to time. However, this is much better!

Feel free to play around with the spices to fit your own tastes. I like a lot of cinnamon in mine, as it's my favorite spice. If you're not such a big fan, you might want to trim the amount down a little.

When preparing the drink, I prefer to make the drink with 1% milk as it's creamier than making it with water, without being too rich like with whole milk. You can also use soy milk if you prefer!

Vanilla Chai Tea Mix
1 cup dry milk solids, nonfat
1 cup unflavored non-dairy creamer, powdered (do not use sugar-free!)
1 cup vanilla non-dairy creamer, powdered* (do not use sugar-free!)
2 cups sugar
1 ½ cups instant tea powder, unsweetened (like Nestea)
3 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp allspice
¼ tsp white pepper**

Combine all ingredients, mix well, and store in an air-tight container.

To prepare, mix a scoop (roughly 3 tbsp of powder, I use the plastic scoops that come in the powdered sweet tea containers) to 8oz of very hot, but not boiling, water or milk.

*Can be substituted for another cup of unflavored non dairy creamer to make a Spiced Chai instead of a Vanilla Chai. 
** Do not substitute black pepper for the white. If you can't find it, simply add a little more of another spice to help compensate. 

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  1. Mmm... I love chai! Thank you for the recipe! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. Thank you for the recipe. I love Russian Tea,so I am sure I am going to love this as well! Happy New Year!

  3. Can't wait to make this! Sounds wonderful. What is the name of the font on the jar?

    1. The font is Trianti Solid LET in bold. I have terrible handwriting so I just printed it out in Word then taped it to the inside of the jar and used a permanent marker to trace the letters (I think a paint pen would have been better, but I didn't have one on hand). I then realized once I was done that it's a touch crooked, but oh well! :)

  4. yum! I love chai tea when it's sweetened-great to see that this can be homemade!

  5. This looks great! I've been wanting to make something similar. They serve chai tea at church, and it is so good! Now I need to make a mix so I can enjoy it at home too. Never would have guessed white pepper was in chai tea!

    I would love for you to link this up to our blog hop:

  6. Chai tea is one on my favorites! Thanks for the recipe. New follower from the Addicted to Recipes hop.

    Cherished Handmade Treasures

  7. This looks wonderful! It would be great if you would come share it at my Funday Sunday Link Party that will open this Saturday at! Hope to see you there!

  8. Made this today and i have to say that the taste is absolutely perfect. I made an iced version with 2% and it's as good if not better than Starbucks. That, and i have enough powder left to share it with family and friends. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. So glad that you enjoyed it!! :)

  9. Hi! Am in love with hot vanilla tea that I get in Chinatown, but can't find a recipe that mimics what I buy.
    it's a clear tea (no milk) and is served hot.

    any chance you have a recipe for hot vanilla tea? Do you think if I just didn't add the milk ingredients to your recipe that it would be OK?

  10. I just made this recipe. It is way too much nutmeg and frankly I cannot drink it as is. Cut the nutmeg in half for sure.

    1. I'm sorry that it wasn't to your liking, but the spices are all a matter of personal taste, after all! This is the first comment I've gotten about the amount of spices that I used. You could always add some more powdered milk or creamer to help cut the taste of the nutmeg, so that it's more well suited to your own taste!

  11. thank you very much , i love chai tea
    i copied the photo to my blog with copyright ;)