Easy Chai Recipe

Easy Chai Recipe

Chai, a milky, deeply spiced, and lightly sweetened tea, is a comforting brew if ever there was one. Simply steep ginger and spices with black tea, honey, and sugar, add milk, and pour. You may want to start with half the sugar and honey, since you can always add it in later if you prefer it sweeter. 

Keyword chai
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 127 kcal
Author katiemorford


  • One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 black tea bags, such as Assam or English Breakfast
  • 2 cups 2 percent or whole milk (use coconut or coconut/almond milk for a plant-based version)


  1. Put the ginger, sugar, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, and water into a small saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes. 

  2. Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Steep for 10 minutes.

  3. Scoop the ginger and cinnamon out of the tea and add the milk. Warm on the stove and serve. Store leftover chai in the fridge, where it will be tasty for up to 5 days