Chocolate Chai Spiced Tea

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As much as I love a steamy cup of sipping chocolate when the cold winds blow, this week my body has been calling for the warming spices in Chai so I decided to make … Chocolate Chai Spiced Tea. There are some beautiful chocolate teas on the market that work beautifully here and I’ll talk about a few of those below. You can also just use plain old black tea (or herbal tea) and throw some cacao nibs into the spice blend.

Chocolate Chai Spiced Tea


2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
2-3 cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons peppercorns (I like the multi-colored ones.)
8 whole cloves
6 cardamom pods, gently crushed
2 whole allspice (optional)
6 cups cold water
6 bags of chocolate tea (or black tea)
whole milk, coconut milk, almond milk, or Brazil nut milk
muscovado brown sugar or honey to sweeten

Combine first 6 ingredients (ginger and spices) in medium saucepan with 6 cups water. Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer and reserve the liquid for concentrate. Cool. Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

To serve, heat 1 cup chai tea concentrate and 1/4 cup milk of choice. Add a sprinkle of brown sugar or a drizzle of honey and whisk until sugar dissolves. Serve hot or cold.

Chocolate Tea

Quite possibly the best I’ve tasted to date.


I’m also a big fan of Mighty Leaf.

And, for a beautiful fermented tea, try Pu•erh


How about you? What are your favorite sipping beverages?

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10 Responses to Chocolate Chai Spiced Tea

  1. Maria January 10, 2015 at 7:48 pm #

    I love my coffee but lately I have been enjoying the intermittent chai tea and I love this too. I have been curious on how I would make my own – so the recipe is timely. Thank you – I am looking forward to buying the ingredients and making this brew up for myself. I am excited to try it. xx

    • Sue Ann Gleason January 10, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

      Thanks for reading, Maria! I adjusted the ratio of teas to milk. Check it out.

  2. Deb lange January 10, 2015 at 9:59 pm #

    Sounds like a great recipe for winter! My favourite tea at the moment is Jasmine Lychee from a brand called Oriental teahouse. The ball opens up like a flower – I love it – and you can have many cups from one ball!

  3. Lori January 11, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    There is nothing I enjoy more than sipping a cup of warming liquid. This recipe looks delicious. My daughter and I enjoy spending time together creating edibles together. I’ll share this recipe with her and look forward to sampling this yummy sounding tea!! Thank you so much!!

  4. Cathy January 13, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    My favourite winter tea is Coco Rooibos Chai (as in coconut) from David’s Tea – a Montreal company that is now spreading into the States. I add cocoa nibs and some rice milk when I’m in the mood for hot chocolate. Perfect for after being out playing in the snow!

  5. Dana January 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    Tea has been my solace during this cold…and flu. My warm comforting blanket. I am drinking specially blended Fifth Chakra tea, and my favorite is a spicy chai by rumi.

  6. april January 14, 2015 at 1:24 am #

    oh my goodness, does this sound yummy and comforting and warm-the-soul-on-a-winter-day-soothing! thank you for the recipe and the recommendations, sue ann.

  7. Cathy Sykora January 14, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    Yum- this looks delicious! As some of you may know, I feel I am tea connoisseur. I can’t wait to add this one to my mix on our cold winter days here. Thank you for sharing it with me!

  8. Michelle January 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    Mama mia. I’ve been on a chai kick, Sue Ann. A chai and Earl Grey at the moment. But not together. 🙂

    I must try this one. With homemade brazil nut milk. Wowza.

  9. Susie January 15, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    I love drinking tea. It is part of my evening ritual as I get ready for bed. Chocolate Tea ….YUM!! Can’t wait to try it!!

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