Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Recipe

by Jinal Gangar last updated -

On days when you wish to seek comfort in a cup of warmth, vanilla chai tea is the perfect solution. With a dollop of freshly whipped cream and a sprinkle of warm spices on top, it is a delectable extension of the traditional Indian tea. It is unquestionably a soothing drink for the frosty winters.

Vanilla chai has many health benefits because of the ingredients it includes. Tea contains antioxidants that help reduce inflammation, vanilla helps to uplift your mood, and spices help protect you from chronic conditions like heart diseases and respiratory illnesses. So, let’s take a look at how to make this healthy and tasty drink below. [1] [2] [3]

How to Make Vanilla Chai Tea?

Crafted with a hint of vanilla, milk, tea, and a lot of spices, vanilla chai is sure to impress your taste buds. Making it is very simple because all you have to do is brew a simple cup of tea, add warm milk, spices, your favorite sweetener, and vanilla extract to it. The aroma is irresistible. So, you will have to wait until all the contents blend well and transform into the best tea you will ever have.

Homemade Chai Tea Latte with anise and cinnamon stick in glass mug on wooden rustic background

Blissful Vanilla Chai Tea Recipe

Bursting with flavors, this iconic cup of tea is simple to make and delicious in taste. Pair it with chocolate teacake or cookies and you are good to go!
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Course: Tea Time, High Tea
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vanilla chai tea
Appliance: Saucepan, Tea Strainer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Jinal Gangar


  • 3 black tea bags
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup warm milk of your choice
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream optional
  • 2 tsp honey optional
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cinnamon stick optional
  • 1 cardamom pod optional
  • 1 whole clove optional
  • 1 whole peppercorn optional
  • 2 star anise pods optional


  • To make vanilla chai tea, pour water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Add the teabags once you see bubbles in the water. Lower the heat and let the tea steep for 2-3 minutes.
  • You can add the spices of your choice at this stage. This will help the tea absorb the flavor and fragrance of the spices.
  • After you add the spices, add milk and honey. Within 30 seconds, add vanilla extract to the tea. Once done, turn off the heat in a minute.
  • Now using a strainer, pour the tea into the cups. You can also add a dollop of freshly whipped cream and sprinkle some allspice for a fancy, picture-worthy drink.
    Homemade Chai Tea Latte with anise and cinnamon stick in glass mug on wooden rustic background


The original way of making vanilla chai tea involves using black tea bags but you can also prepare it with ready-to-use vanilla chai tea bags. Opt out of using the vanilla extract and tea bags if you use these.
You can choose to use all the spices at once, but that could overpower the flavor of vanilla. That is why it's best to add one or two spices at a time. This way you will be able to enjoy the flavor of each ingredient.
If you want to use lactose-free or vegan milk, you can use it in place of cow milk.
If you feel like adding a healthier sweetener than sugar or honey, feel free to use stevia drops.
For making cold vanilla chai tea, combine the tea with ice in a blender and top it with a scoop of icecream.

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About the Author
 Jinal, an ex-banker who has completed her MBA in finance from Mumbai University, is passionate about health and wellness. She is a social media enthusiast. She has completed an online program on “Introduction to Food and Health” from Stanford University, US. On weekends you can find her in cafes or movie theaters. Positivity drives her and she finds peace in cooking, reading, and coffee!
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