Winter’s Not Over Yet! Cozy Up with This Spiced Chai Latte Any Time of Year

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We’re well into winter, and even though Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, we’re hesitant to get excited for warm weather just yet. Until spring finally makes an appearance, we’ll be spending the bulk of our time indoors, curled up under a blanket with a warm, cozy beverage. Hot chocolate, coffee, and green tea are all great, but sometimes we like to mix things up with a more flavorful sweet and spicy chai latte. Read on for our go-to recipe.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 black tea bag
  • ½ cup milk of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon liquid sweetener of your choice (we like maple syrup)
  • ½  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼  teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛  teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ⅛  teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⅛  teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛  teaspoon black pepper (optional, adds a bit of heat)
  • Cinnamon stick (for garnish)


  1. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. 
  2. Add the tea bag to the boiling water and allow it to steep for about 5 minutes. If you prefer a stronger tea flavor, you can leave it for a little longer.
  3. While the tea is steeping, in another small saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat. Do not let it boil; just heat it until it’s hot.
  4. Once the tea has steeped to your liking, remove the tea bags.
  5. Add the sweetener to the brewed tea and stir until dissolved.
  6. Add all of the spices and stir well to combine. Simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  7. Pour the hot, spiced tea into a mug, leaving some space at the top.
  8. Pour the hot milk into the mug over the spiced tea. 
  9. Optionally, you can top your latte with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or give it a stir with a cinnamon stick. 
  10. Enjoy!