Chai Tea Latte Starbucks Recipe
I love a good chai tea latte recipe, Starbucks style. We’re going to learn what’s in a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte and how to craft your own using by using Tazo chai tea bags, oat milk and maple syrup or honey! Of course you can use any chai tea, but the Tazo contains the same spices as the Starbucks concentrate.
The only thing I dislike about most Starbucks latte’s is their sweetness level. So I like making them at home so can make them more to my taste. It’s also more afforable to make at home.
What is in a Chai Tea Latte?
Did you know that in India the word “chai” just means tea? It’s also a similar word in Mandarin for tea. And here, if you translate chai, in America we say tea tea. But hey, we’re not really into saying everything correct anyways so I’m going to keep calling it chai tea and be on my way.
A traditional chai tea latte is made with a black tea bag, chai spices (generally cardamom, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, cloves & star anise) and frothed milk to form a latte.
What is in Chai Tea Latte Starbucks Recipe?
In a grande chai tea latte from Starbucks which is 16oz, there are 4 pumps of chai tea concentrate and 2% milk. 1 pump of concentrate is about ½ a TBSP or .5 oz.
A tall (12 oz, about 1.5 cups) is made with 3 pumps of chai concentrate and 2% milk.
What is in Starbucks Chai Tea Concentrate?
The chai tea concentrate from Starbucks contains: “An Infusion Of(Water, Black Tea, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cloves, Natural Flavors, Star Anise), Sugar, Honey, Ginger Juice, Natural Flavors, Vanilla, Citric Acid.”
Can I make my own Chai Tea Concentrate?
Yes you can make your own or purchase a premade one. Personally I like making concentrated tea by simply using Tazo Chai Tea bags. They contain the same ingredients as the Starbucks chai concentrate. Tazo Chai Tea contains: Black Teas, Ginger, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Cardomon, Cloves and Star Anise. I know some of you probably prefer making your own spice mix so check out this recipe to make your own that uses the same spices as Starbucks. My method for creating a concentrated chai is is easy. You will need hot water, 1-2 Tazo chai tea bag, and some honey or maple syrup.
How To Make a Chai Tea Latte
Step 1 Steep the Tea: Boil water and pour 1/3 a cup over the chai tea bag and let it steep for 5-7 minutes.
Step 2 Heat the Milk: In a mason jar add 1 cup of oat milk (or any kind you prefer), 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup and microwave it for 1.5 minutes until it steams. You can also heat the milk by putting it into a small saucepan on medium heat until the milk starts to steam. Then pour it into a mason jar.
Step 3 Froth the Milk: Add a lid to the mason jar and use a tea towel to hold the jar and shake it vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. Remove the lid slowly as some pressure may have built up. Or use whatever frother you have to make it nice and foamy.
Step 4 Combine Milk & Tea: Pour your steeped chai tea into your mug, then add your frothed milk and give it a light stir. Then sprinkle some cinnamon on top for garnish. Then enjoy!
What milk do I use to make it Dairy free?
Choose your favorite unsweetened plant based milk for this chai tea latte recipe from Starbucks. My favorites are unsweetened oat or coconut milk. They both have a creamy flavour. Almond and soy are good options too. However they don’t contain much fat and lack the rich creamy flavor my tastebuds expect when it comes to lattes. If you want to have a lot of foam I recommend using an oat milk or any barista blend.
Dairy Free Chai Latte, Starbucks
- 1 chai tea bag I use Tazo*
- 1/3 cup of boiling water
Add to mason jar:
- 1 cup unsweetened oat or coconut milk
- 1-2 TBSP maple syrup or honey**
- Cinnamon to garnish
- Pour 1/3 cup hot water into a glass cup, steep the tea bag for 5-7 minutes.
- While the tea is steeping, add the milk, maple syrup or honey into a mason jar. Microwave the milk for about 1.5 minutes. It should be steaming (without the lid). Remove from the microwave and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds until frothy.
**I use 1 TBSP of maple syrup or honey because I like to use natural sweetener in my drinks. If you prefer some sugar it is a great choice as well because it has a light flavour. 1 TbSP is quite sweet so youcan always start with half a TBSP and add more if you need it.
**Also I find 1 TBSP of maple syrup makes this drink sweet enough for my taste. It is great without any sweetener at all and often I have without the added sugar. For a more authentic Starbucks taste use 2 TBSP of maple syrup.
Dairy free Homemade Lattes
If you liked this than try some of my other dairy free homemade drinks. I love making them at home because it’s so expensive to go to a coffee shop all the time. I reserve that for a nice treat every so often. Currently I do not have an espresso machine of even a milk frother. So I make everything with the basic things I’m sure you already have in your kitchen. If you like an Iced London Fog than you will also love my recipe for a hot London Fog Tea Latte that also tastes like it come from Starbucks. Or my Dairy Free Maple Latte made using strongly brewed coffee.