Vanilla Chai Tea Recipe: Easy Tea Mix for Homemade Holiday Food Gifts

2 cups mix
15 min

Whether you enjoy the delicious flavor of a vanilla chai tea latte or need ideas for homemade holiday food gifts, this vanilla chai tea mix is the perfect recipe to spice things up this winter. Learn how to make your own easy vanilla chai tea mix for lattes for a cozy winter treat or to package as budget friendly Christmas food gifts for friends, family and coworkers.

I first discovered loose leaf tea during my first marriage. Once I’d tried tea this way, it was over. There was no looking back. I soon had an entire shelf in my pantry that was nothing but flavored loose leaf teas.

Once I tried my first chai tea, well. That was the ultimate luxury. And truth be told, I wasn’t even a coffee drinker at this point. That came years later.

While my vanilla chai tea mix is a powdered mix, not a loose leaf tea, it’s still as yummy as the real deal. The advantage of the powdered mix however is that it travels well, it’s super quick, there’s less waste and it’s easy to gift. Simply package your chai tea mix in a mason jar to give as holiday food gifts or for easy storage in your pantry.

While I prefer to brew fresh assam tea for my chai latte recipe, an easy alternative is to mix an instant tea into vanilla chai latte spice mix.

Vanilla Chai Tea Recipe: Easy Tea Mix for Homemade Holiday Food Gifts
Recipe details
  • 2  cups mix
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 5 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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  • 2 Tablespoons cardamom powder
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon allspice powder
  • 1 Tablespoon nutmeg powder
  • 3 Tablespoons ginger root powder
  • 2 teaspoons clove powder
  • 2 teaspoons sweet cinnamon powder
  • 1 whole vanilla bean pod (or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened black instant tea

Scrape the vanilla beans out of the vanilla bean pod.
Measure out the remaining spices and combine in a glass bowl with the instant tea. Mix well.
Place the vanilla chai mix in a large mason jar.
  • To brew, mix 2 1/2 Tablespoons of the vanilla chai tea latte mix with two cups (or 8 oz.) of warm milk or a dairy free alternative. Mix with an immersion blender until the ingredients are evenly dispersed, then sweeten to taste.
  • This vanilla chai latte mix can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.
Rebecca D. Dillon
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