DIY Chai Tea Latte

Chai tea lattes are pretty much all the rage these days, popping up at coffee shops everywhere. Save your four bucks for a small cuppa chai and try making this DIY chai tea latte at home.

Chai Tea Latte

It’s been really breakfasty up in here lately, hasn’t it? I didn’t realize it until I starting thinking about this chai tea latte. I’ve given you a ton of breakfast recipes in a short amount of time. I’m really not sorry. Breakfast is the best. Drippy eggs, crusty croissants, coffee, bacon. Bacon and more bacon (because bacon is best). And so I make no apologies for this chai tea latte. Really, I can’t say sorry since it’s just so damned addictive. And since I just shared a way to make your own chai at home, it seems only appropriate.

I first tried a chai tea latte with my mom while in college. It’s kind of funny. I took this theater class and one of the requirements was to see a few different plays throughout the semester. We took the train down into Center City Philadelphia and hung around for a while, checking out shops and strolling before grabbing a chai latte and hitting the play. My poor mother, I drug her along to all these plays and ended up falling asleep through at least half of them. This one in particular, well, I don’t even know how to explain it.

Chai Tea Latte

I fell asleep, as per usual, within the first twenty minutes of the play. Suddenly, my mom starts digging her elbow into my side, attempting to get me to wake up. I figured she was embarrassed I was sleeping. No, she wanted me to open my eyes because there was some serious nudity happening. As in head to toe full-frontal naked. Harvey Keitel in The Piano naked. The play was weird, about bugs crawling in people’s skin and so they needed to strip to see the bugs. And I was sufficiently weirded out and also, giggly because, you know, naked people.

And so, my first experience with a chai tea latte would be memorable. I always think of that when I sip on some frothy, sweet chai. At least we got a funny story out of it, right?

Either way, the chai tea latte is a perfect choice for Mother’s Day brunch or breakfast, if you are so inclined. If not, it’s great for sipping any time of year. It’s sweet, warm and spicy, just the way I like it.

DIY Chai Tea Latte

Yield: Serves 1


  • 1 ½ cups hot brewed chai tea
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ¼ cup half and half


  1. Combine chai tea and brown sugar and stir well until sugar is fully incorporated. Pour into a tea cup.
  2. Whir half and half in a blender for 30 seconds until very frothy.
  3. Pour the half and half into the chai tea. Serve hot.

25 thoughts on “DIY Chai Tea Latte

    • You know, I only drank plain tea for the longest time. I’d go to tea with my mom and ask for regular – not even black. Regular tea because I had no idea what kind was plain! But over the years, I’ve become more accustomed to chai and now, it’s almost always my preference! :)

    • Nice! I hope she loves it! And yeah, it was totally crazy! I’ve seen a few plays since then but none really measured up on that scale. :)

  1. Naked people in plays are always so weird. It just feels like they’re a little too close for comfort.

    Chai tea lattes can never be too close for comfort. I want them in my bellies all the times.

    • I think that’s what it is! Definitely too close for comfort. Interesting, but too interesting. But I totally agree! Chai tea lattes for everyone! :)

  2. When I go into that store (you know the one – mermaid on cups and prices through the roof), a chai latte is often perfect for those days when I don’t need 4 shots of espresso in a latte. Knowing that I can make my own at home and it probably 110% better than that mix that they all use in that store – even better :) And how did I NOT know you were a Philly gal? Next time you are up this way – let a gal know!

    • I totally agree! A chai is perfect for those rare occasions when I don’t NEED coffee. I mean, they are super rare but still. And yes! Philly all the way! I had a huge debate over hoagies vs. subs the other day. Why can’t these people ever learn, it’s a hoagie?! :)

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