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How To Make Chai Tea & Chai Hot Cocoa

The cold crisp air always pairs well with a warm drink. Wrap yourself with the softest scarf you have and make one of these inviting drinks to accompany you in a thermos on a chilly walk! Chai tea is fantastic in the morning, and I think the chai hot cocoa is a nice evening option, maybe just opt for decaf!

How To Make Chai Tea & Chai Hot Cocoa

I am going to share both of these fantastic recipes with you below because you need to make the first one in order to make the second one! Whichever one you do choose to make, you won't go wrong. Either of these chair recipes are heart warmers :)

The first recipe is for Indian chai tea. When I was living in the Yukon, I got to know an Indian family there who would often make chai tea for us when we came to visit with them (along with so many other dishes we were lucky enough to try!) Finally, one day, they offered to share their chai tea recipe with me and taught me how to make it. I was so grateful. I still make this tea very often, at least twice a week. Especially at night after I get the kids off to bed, I love to make a good pot of chai tea for myself as I work away on my art and craft ideas, and I just love how it makes the house smell!


How To Make Chai Tea & Chai Hot Cocoa

*This makes enough for 2-3 cups. Can double this for a group if you need to!


  • 2 cups of water
  • 2-3 bags of orange pekoe tea, depending on how strong you like your tea!
  • Fresh ginger root: about 5-8 circular slices (depending on how much spice you want, I like a lot in mine!)
  • About 7-10 green cardamom pods. They told me to always buy the green and not the black ones for this! NOTE: Some of these items can be very hard to find in the grocery store depending on where you live, so I left the links for these items throughout the post if you would like to order online.
  • 2 tsp tea masala- a lovely blend of Indian spices
  • 1-3 tbsp white granulated sugar: optional and by taste.
  • 1 cup of milk (your choice for the type of milk, my go to is 2%)


  • 1 tbsp more of sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder (I like to use Fry’s)
  • 1 tbsp of milk


  1. Take a small knife and crack open each cardamom pod (please be careful doing this). As long as you even get a small crack or hole in each one, that is perfect. You may even be able to just squeeze them in between your thumb and finger to crack them!
  2. In a pot or saucepan, add your water, tea bags (can use decaf if preferred, I like to throw an extra tea bag in when I make mine decaf), cardamom and sliced ginger root. Bring to a boil.
  3. As soon as it boils, add your milk and tea masala. This is where you would add the sugar as well if you want it sweetened!
  4. Turn the temperature down to medium-high from high. As soon as the milk is about to boil, take it off the burner because it will boil right out of the pot at this point, and you don’t want that to happen!
  5. Strain it. I like to strain mine through a tea strainer right into a teapot, ready for serving.

How To Make Chai Tea & Chai Hot Cocoa

*At this point, if you want to continue and make chai hot cocoa, your milk base is done!!! Read on to continue to the hot cocoa version!

CHAI HOT COCOA | HERE'S WHAT YOU ADD: for a chocolaty twist on the spiced favorite!

  1. Mix the dry cocoa powder with the sugar.
  2. Add the 1 tbsp of milk and stir to make a paste.
  3. Pour the above-made chai tea in.
  4. Mix well together!

How To Make Chai Tea & Chai Hot Cocoa

Chai tea is a very popular drink enjoyed by so many. Another fun twist on it is a chai tea latte, where it gets topped off with foamed milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. For the chai hot cocoa version, I prefer foamed or frothed milk instead of whipped cream, so as to not distract from the beautiful flavors in the drink! Check the price of this great milk frother by Breville here.

For an added magical touch, whether you use frothed milk or not, is to sprinkle with a touch of cinnamon and put 1 or 2 star anise on top as well. They will float and will complement the flavors in the drinks and the magic of the chilly day.

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How To Make Chai Tea & Chai Hot Cocoa

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