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How To Make Your Own Dry Spicy Chai Mix

Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:15 pm
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Chai tea is a wonderfully sweet, spicy and delicious beverage. It’s quite expensive though, ifChai_mix you buy a dry mix at your grocery store. However, you don’t really have to buy a mix because you can just as easily make one on your own.

After a lot of fiddling with spices I think I achieved a really good combination. It’s quite spicy and sweet with the taste of tea hinting in the background. Never heard of instant tea before? Me neither – not until I started to research dry chai mixes, where it’s almost always a staple ingredient. You can find it at your grocery store at the tea department. If you for some reason can’t find it, you could always skip it in this mix and add the dry mixture to a cup of brewed tea.
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General Info
Servings: 12
Total Cost: $2.49
Cost Per Serving: $0.21
Total Calories: 1,279
Calories/Serving: 107
Instant Tea 1/2 Cup 16.80 Grams $0.60 0
Sugar, White Granulated 1 Cup 200.00 Grams $0.26 774
Instant Non Fat Dry Milk 1 Cup 69.70 Grams $0.63 242
Non Dairy Creamer 1/2 Cup 48.00 Grams $0.46 240
Cinnamon, Ground 1 Teaspoon 2.27 Grams $0.11 6
Ginger, Ground 1 Teaspoon 1.80 Grams $0.02 6
Allspice, Ground 1/4 Teaspoon 0.50 Gram $0.10 1
Cloves, Ground 1/4 Teaspoon 0.55 Gram $0.06 2
Salt, Table 1/2 Teaspoon 3.00 Grams $0.00 0
Nutmeg, Ground 1/2 Teaspoon 1.17 Grams $0.23 6
Cayenne Pepper 1/8 Teaspoon 0.22 Gram $0.01 1
This chai mix is yummy both hot and cold. To make cold iced chai, add the mix to just a little bit of hot water, let it dissolve and then add ice and cold water.

I like to use about 3-4 tablespoons to 7 oz of water, but that’s of course a matter of taste.

  • 1/2 cup instant tea
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of dry milk
  • ½ cup of dry creamer
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne


Mix all the ingredients. Store in an air-tight container.

Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:54 pm
Name: jammiemom | Email: clarituba attt yahoo dottt com | Comment: Yum, I just had to taste test this before putting into the jars. The cayenne is just perfect. My friends and family will be tickled to receive this for Christmas.

Mon May 19, 2008 8:36 pm
Name: Jammiemom | Comment: Yup, it was a total hit. Everyone wants it again next year.

Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:15 pm
Name: mrsmartz Comment: this stuff is unbelievable! the only thing i did differently was add a 1/2 tsp of anise seed that i ground fine....i doubled the batch. i'm pretty picky about my chai latte mix....i think next time i'll make it with Vanilla creamer but this batch tastes EXACTLY like Trader Joe's Spicy Chai latte mix....sooooooo good thanks so much for sharing it!

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