Dear coffee and tea enthusiasts,
Are you a fan of Starbucks’ Tazo Chai Tea Latte but want to enjoy it from the comfort of your own home? You’re in luck! As a barista, I’m excited to share with you my recipe for homemade Tazo Chai Tea Latte that rivals the one you can get at Starbucks.
My recipe uses only four simple ingredients: Tazo Chai Concentrate, milk, water, and honey. It’s easy to make and is perfect for any time of year. Whether you prefer it hot or iced, this recipe can satisfy your cravings for the classic chai latte all year round.
By making this chai tea latte at home, you not only save money but also have the chance to customize your drink according to your taste preference. You can adjust the amount of sweetness, spice level, or even substitute non-dairy milk like oat milk or almond milk.
If you’re ready to discover how easy it can be to create delicious chai lattes on demand in the comfort of your own kitchen, then let’s get started on this amazing journey!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for a cozy and comforting beverage to warm your soul on a chilly morning? Look no further than this Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea recipe, packed with the bold flavors of cinnamon, clove, and ginger that will leave your taste buds dancing.
Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also incredibly simple to make using only four ingredients: Tazo Chai Tea concentrate, water, milk, and honey. Whether you prefer it hot or iced, this versatile recipe can be tailored to fit your mood and taste preference.
If you’re a fan of the classic Starbucks vanilla chai tea latte, fear not – this recipe also has that covered. Simply add some vanilla syrup to give your chai latte a sweet twist that will have you coming back for more.
But the best part about making your own chai tea latte at home? You have complete control over the ingredients and their quality. No more unnecessary additives or artificial sweeteners commonly found in store-bought versions.
Give this recipe a try and taste the difference for yourself. You’ll love how easy it is to recreate your favorite Starbucks drink from the comfort of your own home.
The defining ingredient of this recipe is black tea. You can use any brand you like, but Tazo brand is recommended for the most authentic Starbucks experience.
The aromatic blend of spices is what makes chai tea so delicious. This recipe requires clove, cinnamon, fresh ginger, whole black peppercorns, and green cardamom pods. Look for high-quality spices at your local spice market or online.
A classic chai tea latte is sweetened with honey. Use as much or as little as you like to suit your taste.
Milk is a key ingredient in a chai tea latte. You can use whole milk, 2% milk, almond milk, oat milk or other non-dairy alternatives. In this recipe, we recommend using warm milk to make a cozy and comforting drink.
To brew the tea and simmer the spices, you will need water.
You will need two black tea bags to create a strong base for your chai concentrate.
Tazo Chai Concentrate
For an efficient and quick way to make your chai concentrate, we suggest using Tazo Chai Concentrate. It uses only four ingredients and takes only minutes to prepare.
The Recipe How-To
Now that we have gone through the introduction and why you will love this recipe, it is time to get down to business – the recipe itself!
Here are the ingredients you will need to make our delicious Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea recipe:
- 3 Tazo Chai tea bags
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond or oat)
- 1 tsp. honey (optional)
Here is how you can make our Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea recipe at home:
- Start by boiling some water on your stove.
- Once the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and add in your three Tazo tea bags. Let steep for 5-10 minutes.
- While your tea is steeping, heat up your milk of choice in a separate container on the stove or microwave.
- Once your milk is heated, add a teaspoon of honey and stir until it dissolves.
- After the Tazo tea bags have steeped for 5-10 minutes, remove them from the water and discard.
- Add your hot tea concentrate into your mug (or glass if making an iced chai latte) and then pour in your heated honey milk mixture.
- Give it a good stir and enjoy!
Substitutions and Variations
If you want to change things up with this recipe, here are some suggestions for substitutions and variations:
- For an iced chai latte, simply let both the Tazo tea concentrate and heated milk mixture cool down before pouring over ice.
- Instead of using the pre-packaged Tazo Chai tea bags, try making your own homemade masala chai mix by combining black tea leaves, whole spices such as fresh ginger, cloves, cinnamon sticks, whole black peppercorns, green cardamom pods etc., hot water and boiled milk of choice in any proportions you like.
- For a vanilla flavoured twist on this recipe, swap out one of the Tazo tea bags for a vanilla chai flavour and add an extra teaspoon of honey.
Tips for Perfect Results
To make sure that you achieve optimal results with our Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea recipe at home, here are some tips:
- Make sure not to over-steep your tea – this can result in a bitter flavour.
- Heat up your milk slowly on low heat so that it doesn’t burn or scorch to the bottom of the pan.
- Experiment with different types of milks – dairy milk will provide richness while almond or oat milk will give you nuttiness or creaminess as per taste preference.
Now that you’ve mastered our Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea recipe at home go ahead and impress everyone with your barista skills!
Substitutions and Variations
The beauty of making your own chai tea latte is that you can play around with the recipe to find your perfect flavor combination. Here are some suggestions for substitutions and variations to make your chai latte experience even more enjoyable:
– Milk: If you’re lactose intolerant, you can substitute regular milk with almond, soy, or oat milk. Almond milk has a nutty flavor that works well with chai tea, while oat milk adds a creamy texture. Soy milk may have an overpowering flavor but could work for those who appreciate it.
– Sweeteners: Honey provides a subtle sweetness that complements the spices in the chai tea blend. However, if you prefer different sweeteners, feel free to use maple syrup or agave nectar instead.
– Spices: While we’ve used cinnamon, clove, and ginger in this recipe, consider experimenting with other spices like nutmeg, cardamom or allspice. These spices add their unique flavors and aroma to the recipe.
– Tea: Most popular brands produce Chai tea blends containing black tea; some people prefer green tea as a base because it creates a milder taste compared with black tea. You could also add Rooibos or Honeybush Tea for caffeine-free options. Some recipe variations also include coffee which is a way of creating an extra caffeinated version of the latte.
– Vanilla Chai: You can easily convert this recipe into a vanilla chai latte by using Tazo Vanilla Chai concentrate or by adding 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the mix.
– Iced Chai Latte: For summer days or when you need something refreshing, pour your warm starbucks latte concentrate over ice instead of steamed milk for cold iced chai latte.
Don’t be afraid to experiment! There are numerous ways to personalize this drink, so why not create your signature brew?
Serving and Pairing
When it comes to serving and pairing this Tazo Chai Tea latte recipe, there are a few things to consider. First, the drink is best served hot or iced, depending on your preference. If you’re going for an iced chai latte, simply follow the instructions in the recipe to make a refreshing beverage that’s perfect for a hot summer day.
If you’re more in the mood for something warm and cozy, opt for a hot chai latte. Brew up a fresh batch of tea concentrate and add frothy milk for a rich and creamy drink that’s sure to soothe your soul on a chilly morning.
As for pairing, this Tazo Chai Tea latte recipe pairs perfectly with sweet treats like muffins, donuts, or cinnamon rolls. The warm spices in the chai mix well with the sweet flavors of baked goods, creating a harmonious balance of tastes and textures.
If you’re looking to take things up a notch, try combining your Tazo Chai Tea latte with savory snacks like cheese and crackers or popcorn. The combination of sweet and salty flavors is an absolute delight.
Lastly, keep in mind that this recipe can be easily customized to suit your individual taste preferences. Add more honey for extra sweetness or experiment with different types of milk like almond, soy or oat for added flavor complexity. With so many different ways to serve and pair this delicious drink, the possibilities are endless!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Once you’ve made the Tazo Chai Tea concentrate, you can store it in the refrigerator for later use. The concentrate will last in the fridge for up to 10 days, so feel free to make a big batch to enjoy throughout the week.
To reheat, simply mix equal parts of concentrate and milk (or dairy-free alternative) together and heat on the stove or in the microwave. You can even add a bit of honey or sweetener if desired.
If you prefer an iced chai latte, store the concentrate separately and mix with milk and ice when ready to serve. This makes for an easy and refreshing summer drink.
For a twist on traditional chai lattes, try using oat milk instead of regular milk for a creamier texture. The Tazo Chai Tea pairs perfectly with oat milk and creates a cozy and comforting beverage.
Overall, preparing the Tazo Chai Tea recipe ahead of time can save you time and effort when craving a warm or iced chai latte. Just remember to store it properly and mix with equal parts milk when reheating for optimal taste.
Tips for Perfect Results
When it comes to making a great Tazo Chai Tea recipe, there are a few tips and tricks that can take your drink from good to irresistible. Here are some tips for perfect results every time.
Firstly, make sure you use fresh ingredients. This means using whole spices like clove, cinnamon, and fresh ginger as opposed to pre-ground powders. It may also mean buying packaged Tazo Chai tea instead of using old tea bags from the back of your pantry.
The next step is to steep your tea properly. Black tea should be steeped with boiling water for 3-5 minutes, while chai concentrate should be boiled with water for at least 10 minutes. If you’re in a hurry, you can use two tea bags instead of waiting for 10 minutes for homemade teabags.
Another important factor is the ratio of tea to milk or water. For a tea latte, use a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio of concentrate to milk or water. For an iced chai latte, use a 1:1 ratio of concentrate to ice and milk.
If you’re looking to switch up your recipe, try adding some honey instead of sugar for a healthier alternative or using oat milk instead of dairy milk for a vegan twist on the classic recipe.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations and additions, like vanilla or pumpkin spice flavoring. There are endless possibilities when it comes to customizing your chai latte recipe.
By following these tips and putting some extra care into each step of the process, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious Tazo Chai Tea that is comparable or even better than what you’d get at Starbucks!
Now that you know how to make your own Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea latte at home, you may have some questions. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers to help ensure that you have the perfect chai tea every time.
Does Starbucks use Tazo Chai Tea?
One of the most popular iced beverages served at Starbucks is the Iced Chai Tea Latte. To create this refreshing and flavorful drink, the baristas use a combination of only four simple ingredients: Tazo chai concentrate, water, milk, and ice. However, it’s important to note that the Tazo chai concentrate used by Starbucks is different from the one sold in stores. The concentrate used in-store is more concentrated and stronger as it contains less water than the packaged Tazo chai concentrate sold in stores.
What do they use at Starbucks for chai tea?
If you’re a fan of chai lattes, you may be interested to know that a popular concentrate used by Starbucks in the past is the Tazo Classic Chai Latte Concentrate. While Starbucks has since developed its own concentrate, those who have tried both note that the taste remains similar between the two. As someone who loves chai lattes, I can vouch for the fact that the Tazo concentrate is excellent and has been a favorite of mine for years.
How do you use Tazo Chai Tea?
To whip up a satisfying cup of our Chai Tea, start by giving the concentrate a good shake. Next, mix it with the milk of your preference using the same amount of both ingredients.
If you are feeling warm and cozy, you can heat up the mixture either on the stove or in the microwave. Or if you are in the mood for a cooler treat, simply pour it over some ice. Either way, prepare to enjoy a bold and flavorful cup of Chai Tea that is sure to hit the spot!
In conclusion, if you’re a lover of chai tea, then this Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea recipe is definitely worth trying out. With its perfect blend of black tea, honey, milk, cinnamon, clove, fresh ginger, and cardamom – all combined into a sweet and spicy mixture that warms your soul with each sip.
This recipe is easy to follow and can be adjusted to your personal taste preferences. I encourage you to get creative with the ingredients and try out some of the variations listed in this article. Whether you prefer the traditional chai latte or the iced version for warmer days, this recipe has got you covered.
With just four ingredients to make the chai concentrate and using packaged Tazo Chai for convenience, you can enjoy a delicious homemade drink that saves you money and satisfies that craving. You could also easily modify this recipe using plant-based milk like oat milk if preferred.
So why not skip the long lines at Starbucks and make your own tasty chai tea latte at home? I guarantee once you experience the fragrant aroma from your kitchen after brewing your homemade Tazo Chai Tea concentrate, you’ll never go back to store-bought chai tea again.
Follow the directions in this recipe closely, keep practicing, experimenting with flavors and spices until you get it just right because nothing beats sipping on an aromatic cup of homemade Chai Tea!
Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea Recipe
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 6 -8 green cardamom pods
- 2 whole black peppercorns
- 1 -2 slice fresh ginger, peeled and diced
- 2 sticks cinnamon
- 1 -2 clove
- 2/3 cup milk
- 4 teaspoons honey
- 2 -3 teaspoons 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 (or heavy simmer).
- Add tea, turn off the heat, and let infuse for two to three minutes.
- Strain into two cups and serve hot.
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John has been working in the coffee industry for over five years, having started out as a barista in the bustling city of Los Angeles. He fell in love with the craft and set out to expand his knowledge and understanding of coffee. He has traveled all over the world, visiting coffee farms and learning from the best in the industry. His mission is to share his love of coffee and its unique flavors with others, and The Drive Coffee Bar is his way of doing that.