Copycat Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea

2-1/2 cups water
6-8 green cardamom pods
2 whole black peppercorns
1-2 slices fresh ginger, peeled and diced
2 sticks cinnamon
1-2 cloves
2/3 cup (175 ml) milk
4 tsp honey
2-3 tsp loose black tea

Put the water in a saucepan, add the spices, and bring to a boil.   Turn down the heat and let simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Add milk and sugar and bring to a boil.  Be careful not to burn.
Add tea, turn off the heat, and let infuse for two to three minutes. Strain into two cups and serve hot.

Serves 2



  1. I am looking for the recipe to prepare the chai syrup concentrate that is used by starbucks,
    more concentrated than available to purchase

  2. Jeni – I’m looking for the same thing. Did you ever find it (or a good substitute)? Thanks!

  3. If you want to make the concentrate, use the same recipe minus the milk and let it steep for about an hour to two. Then you have a concentrate.

  4. Making the concentrate sounds great, but how much concentrate to use per cup and how much milk to add?

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