Homemade Chai Tea Latte with anise and cinnamon stick in glass mug on wooden rustic background
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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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Tea Time, High Tea
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vanilla chai tea
Appliance: Saucepan, Tea Strainer
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.