Bring Starbucks Home: Make Your Own Chai Tea Lattes

For many people, Starbucks is a not-so-frugal splurge that can quickly become an addiction…especially around this time of year.  Those pumpkin spice lattes and chai tea lattes have a special soul-soothing and mind-calming quality to them.  Nothing says Autumn quite like a warm conversation with a friend and a delicious drink in hand.

Why not bring Starbucks home?  Create your own Autumn atmosphere.  Light some Fall-scented candles, play some relaxing music, pull up a chair at the table, invite a friend over, and make your own Chai Tea Lattes.  You could even go all out and bake some pumpkin muffins.

You’ll enjoy it just as much as Starbucks, and it will save money.  Why pay $4 or more for a drink you can easily make at home for pennies?

This easy recipe tastes almost identical to the Starbucks Chai Tea Latte.  In fact, I might be so bold as to say it’s a tiny bit better.  ;)

Special Note:

I originally tried making this with 1 tea bag in each cup, but I found that I couldn’t get the perfect ratio of sweetness to tea spice.  It was either too spicy or too sweet.  I finally decided on making the tea with 2 tea bags.  This brought out the strong flavor of the tea, and then I was able to add just the right amount of creamer until my desired sweetness.  You will probably have some creamer left over.  It might even be enough for another cup of tea.  Also, it is very important to use giant mugs, since the flavor of the tea is so strong.  You’ll want to have enough room to play with the creamer-to-tea ratio a bit.  :)   Plus, giant mugs are always more fun!

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Meagan authors Frugal Fun & Fortune, where she writes about saving money, giving to others, delicious Vegetarian recipes, simple living, and her life adventures. Her greatest passions include chasing after God wholeheartedly, social justice and being a good wife. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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  1. When I make my own chai, I just brew the tea directly in the milk. I pour the milk in a sauce pan, add the tea bags, and heat it on the stove.
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  2. I {heart} chai tea lattes! And I agree… giant mugs are definitely more fun! Great post, Meagan!

  3. This sounds so yummy. Another quick recipe is to use tazo boxed chai concentrate. It is around 3 or 4 dollars at the grocery store and often on sale. It is the exact kind starbucks uses. Starbucks Chai lattes are either cold milk and the concentrate or steamed milk. This recipe you have sounds spectacular too!

  4. You can make your own chai spice mix by buying bulk spices/tea. Use black lose leaf tea, cardamon pods, star anise, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Simmer it all in milk on the stove and you have delicious chai tea

  5. Michelle O. says:

    If you brew your chai in the traditional way; boil your milk and water in a sauce pan (simmer for 2-4 minutes) with the tea bags in it you will get a stronger brew and only need one bag per cup.

    I tried the traditional method about 2 months ago and anytime I have the time to brew that way now I do.

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