1 December 2019

Chai Latte Mix (Christmas Gift)

I'm a huge fan of homemade gifts, something useful (or edible) makes the best Christmas present - it's super thoughtful and means you're not just buying something for the sake of needing a gift to give. This chai latte mix is super easy to make and would make the perfect present for a friend, family member or even as a secret Santa gift.  

Nothing beats a homemade chai latte; one that tastes of real, warming spices rather than just spiced syrup. This mix is loaded up with delicious spices like cinnamon, cardamom and cloves to name a few, as well as rooibos tea and vanilla. It also only has a little sugar (from the candied ginger), so you or your recipient can choose to drink it however they like. I'm a fan of using sweetened almond or oat milk to make chai lattes and find that's plenty sweet for me.

This mix couldn't be simpler to make either - crush up the spices, chop the vanilla and ginger and pop in a jar with a little instruction tag on. You can decorate the jar anyway you like, I wrapped a ribbon around, but let your imagination run wild! You can also make the instruction tags from old Christmas cards.

I find that the international section of the supermarket is best for sourcing your spices, they have larger bags for great prices and you'll be able to get a few recipes out of them if you're making more than one batch of the mix. I also used loose leaf rooibos (red) tea to keep it naturally caffeine-free, but black tea would work too. 

Chai Latte Mix (Christmas Gift) | Yield: 2/3 cup (~20 lattes) | Time: 15 mins  

You'll need

  • Pestle and mortar
  • Mixing bowl
  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Measuring spoons
  • 150ml jar (decorated as you like)
  • Gift tags (you could make these from old Xmas cards)


  • 4 large cinnamon sticks (~10cm long)
  • 1 tbsp cardamom pods
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 5 whole star anise
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1/4 cup candied ginger
  • 1/4 cup rooibos or black tea leaves

To prepare:

  • Tea strainer
  • Plant-based milk
  • Saucepan


  1. Crush the cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, star anise, nutmeg and peppercorns using a pestle and mortar - the pieces should be no larger than 1/2 cm (you may need to do this in batches) and then transfer to a mixing bowl.
  2. Finely chop the vanilla and roughly chop the ginger and add to the mixing bowl along with the tea leaves and mix together
  3. Transfer the mix to your jar and close the lid.
  4. If you're making for yourself, or just to test it out - add 1-2 tsp to a tea strainer and heat up your favourite plant-based milk in a saucepan until warmed through and the tea has infused and then pour into your favourite mug.  
  5. If you're giving as a gift you'll need to write your instructions on the tag; with limited space, I wrote: 'Chai Latte', 'Add 1-2 tsp to strainer', 'Heat milk in a saucepan with strainer'. 
  6. Store the jar at room temp and wrap up in repurposed paper if giving as a gift. It will last months at room temp, so this is a great make-ahead gift too! 
  7. And if you're making a gift for yourself, sit back with your cuppa, relax and enjoy! 
Cassidy xx