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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15 comments:

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

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  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!

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

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    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! :)

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

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

    Sandy
    Cherished Handmade Treasures

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  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 www.the-crafty-cowgirl.com! Hope to see you there!

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  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!

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

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  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?
    Thanks!
    C

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  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.

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    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!

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