Chai Tea

Cuisinart original

Store leftover tea in the refrigerator and serve over ice for a chilled version.


1 serving*


  • 4 cups water 
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks 
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut into ½-inch pieces 
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 1½ teaspoons allspice berries 
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom pods 
  • ¾ teaspoon whole cloves 
  • 4 teaspoons loose black tea, such as Darjeeling 
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar 
  • 1⅓ cup cold whole milk

Nutritional information

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  1. Combine all ingredients except the sugar and milk in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; remove from heat and steep mixture for 15 minutes. 
  2. Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer into a clean saucepan. Add the brown sugar and cook over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar and slightly reduce the tea. Remove from heat and measure out 1 cup of tea into a mug. 
  3. With the warming stirrer in place, add the milk to the tank and press the hot milk button. Pour milk into tea and stir. Serve immediately. 

*This recipe makes more tea than is needed for a single serving; however, we like to prepare this as a larger batch for having on hand when desired.