Vanilla Chai Latte

A vanilla chai latte is a delicious and warming winter drink, perfect for cosy nights in or chilly mornings on the go. Made with a blend of spices, milk and black tea, it’s both comforting and energising. Read on to find out how to make your own vanilla chai latte at home, with just a few simple ingredients.


  • 1 cup (250ml) milk of your choice
  • 1 black tea bag
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) honey or agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract


  1. Start by heating your milk in a saucepan over a medium heat. You can use any milk you like for this recipe, but whole milk will give the richest results.
  2. While the milk is heating, put the tea bag and all of the spices into a mug.
  3. When the milk is hot (but not boiling), pour it over the tea bag and spices in the mug. Leave to steep for 3-5 minutes.
  4. After steeping, remove the tea bag and add the honey or agave syrup, vanilla extract, and a splash of cold milk. Stir well to combine.
  5. Enjoy your latte as is, or with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

Potential changes & improvements

There are lots of ways you can change up this recipe to suit your taste. If you like your lattes a little sweeter, add an extra tablespoon of honey or syrup. For a richer drink, use whole milk instead of skimmed or semi-skimmed. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a pinch of nutmeg or allspice to the spice blend.

What other food it works well with

Vanilla chai lattes go well with all sorts of sweet treats. Try serving yours with a slice of cake, some cookies, or a bowl of fruit.

Common Mistakes

One of the most common mistakes people make when making a vanilla chai latte is using boiling milk. This will make the latte too hot and can scald the milk, giving it a burnt taste. Always make sure to heat the milk until it’s hot, but not boiling, before adding it to the mug.

Nutritional Information

This recipe is for one serving. The nutritional information is based on using whole milk and honey.

  • Calories: 190
  • Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Sugar: 18g


  • Milk
  • Honey

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