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How Do I Make a Chai Tea Latte Like Starbucks?

by
author image Shemiah Williams
Shemiah Williams has been writing for various websites since 2009 and also writes for "Parle Magazine." She holds a bachelor's degree in business and technology and a master's degree in clinical psychology. Williams serves as a subject matter expert in many areas of health, relationships and professional development.
How Do I Make a Chai Tea Latte Like Starbucks?
How Do I Make a Chai Tea Latte Like Starbucks? Photo Credit Travis Robertson/Demand Media

Chai tea is a mixture of aromatics and spices combined with steamed milk to make a warm beverage. Visiting your local Starbucks for a chai tea latte may be a pleasurable experience, but if you do it regularly, it can also be costly. To lessen the strain on your budget, you can make your own chai tea at home from scratch or from a commercially blended mix. With practice, your at-home tea can taste the same as or really close to the Starbucks version.

Chai Tea from Scratch

Step 1

How Do I Make a Chai Tea Latte Like Starbucks?
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Add the milk and water to a saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Cook the milk mixture until it is warm, but do not allow it boil. If it begins to boil, remove it from the stovetop.

Step 2

How Do I Make a Chai Tea Latte Like Starbucks?
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Place the orange peel, cloves, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, a pinch of nutmeg, white sugar and tea leaves into the milk mixture.

Step 3

How Do I Make a Chai Tea Latte Like Starbucks?
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Bring the tea mixture to a light boil and reduce the heat to medium-low.

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Step 4

How Do I Make a Chai Tea Latte Like Starbucks?
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Cook the tea mixture for approximately three minutes. The color will darken as it cooks; the darker the color, the more concentrated the flavors will be.

Step 5

How Do I Make a Chai Tea Latte Like Starbucks?
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Remove the tea mixture from the heat when it reaches the color of your choice.

Step 6

How Do I Make a Chai Tea Latte Like Starbucks?
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Place the strainer or colander over a cup and pour the tea into it to remove the spices.

Step 7

How Do I Make a Chai Tea Latte Like Starbucks?
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Use a small milk frother to create foam on top of the chai tea latte. For best results, position the milk frother at the top of the latte rather than submerging it in the milk. Serve and enjoy.

Chai Tea Latte from a Mix

Step 1

How Do I Make a Chai Tea Latte Like Starbucks?
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Combine the milk and water together and heat them in a saucepan set over medium-high heat.

Step 2

How Do I Make a Chai Tea Latte Like Starbucks?
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Add 1 to 2 tbsp. chai tea mix to a cup.

Step 3

How Do I Make a Chai Tea Latte Like Starbucks?
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Heat the milk mixture until just before it begins to boil. Remove it from the heat.

Step 4

How Do I Make a Chai Tea Latte Like Starbucks?
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Pour the hot milk mixture into the cup and use a spoon to stir the mixture gently.

Step 5

How Do I Make a Chai Tea Latte Like Starbucks?
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Use a milk frother to create foam on top of the chai tea latte.

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