thirsty thursday : homemade chai tea latte

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 in Food

Does anyone else suffer from CFHS?

That’d be Chronic Freezing Hand Syndrome. It’s a nasty infliction that causes one’s hands to be constantly, uncontrollably cold. Symptoms include: rings that fall of easily, husbands that shriek like little girls when you touch them and a love of mittens.

There are lots of cures for CFHS, but my favorite is holding a warm, cozy mug of tea.

After seeing me talk about using chai mix on here, my oldest sister called and shared her recipe for chai tea lattes. I have no idea why it didn’t occur to me before to make my own, but it is genius! You can control the sugar and the ingredients. Oh, and it is also a ton cheaper than frequenting your local coffee shop or buying the concentrate. Good call, Mandy!

Chai Tea Latte

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2 c. water
1 black tea bags
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
6 cardamom seeds, crushed
2 c. milk
1/4 c. sugar
Cinnamon for garnish

Bring first six ingredients in a medium sauce pan to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add in milk and sugar, bring back to a boil and remove from heat. Strain into mugs, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

Makes 2 large mugs or 4 small.

This is easy, peasy. I got my cardamom pods from the bulk bin at our food co-op. I got 3 dozen or so for $1.50.

Mix the first ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Then add the milk and sugar.

Bring back to a boil, remove from heat, strain into mugs and top with cinnamon.

Enjoy the flavor and enjoy the temporary hand warmth.


  1. sweet :D

  2. I love chai tea latte! It never occured to me to make it either.Thanks for sharing.I will definitely try this out. :)

    • I love that you can control the sugar. Put in less if it is too sweet and more if you like it sweeter!

  3. I too suffer from CFHS…. and I too have a husband who shrieks when I stick my hands under his shirt, lol.

    • You know my husband is feeling particularly nice and charitable when he actually LETS me put my hands under his shirt. He just warms them up SO QUICK.

  4. You have really pretty hands, they look great in these pictures! (Seriously! You could be the Dawn dish soap hand model ;)

    • HAHA! Thank you! My hands have always been one of my favorite features. Especially with the pretty bling from the husband on them. :D

  5. Hilarious about the cold hands. I have the same problem, rings, the screeching husband, all of it. I also have a great recipe for a chai “concentrate.” I am in love with this stuff.

    1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
    1 teaspoon granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon cloves
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk

    Mix the spices and condensed milk thoroughly.
    Refrigerate at least 24 hours before using,
    and store in refrigerator.
    To use, brew a strong black or herbal tea. Stir in
    1/2 to 2 tablespoons of Chai concentrate mix
    per cup of freshly steeped tea. Will last in the refrigerator
    for about two weeks.

    • Oooh! Thats a genius idea for people that have to rush off to work in the mornings!

  6. I am assuming a milk alternative would work just as well??

  7. I love this recipe, but I couldn’t find it in your recipe index!

    • Huh! I must have just missed it when I was entering all of them. I’ll get it added. :) Thanks for letting me know!

  8. Hi Cassie! Quick question from a chai lover. Your recipe calls for 1 black tea bag, but then your pictures show 2. Are you making a double batch in the pictures or should I use 2 when I try it out? This should be much kinder on my wallet than the Rishi Chocolate Chai that I’m obsessed with now, so thanks!

    • I was making a double batch. :) Happy chaiing!

      • Great, I think I’ll try it tonight! I couldn’t tell from the pics since there were only 6 cardamom pods, 1/4 tsp of ginger, and 2 cloves, so I wanted to wait. Thanks for your quick reply!

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