Enjoy a cup of fragrant chai latte, then check out our karak chai, masala chai, mulled hot chocolate, eggnog and more Christmas cocktails.

For more chai-based drinks, try our iced hazelnut chai latte and chai white russian. Or try something different with our vibrant turmeric latte. After, read our guide on how to do latte art.


  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 star anise
  • 3 cloves
  • a thumb-sized piece ginger, sliced
  • 3-4 black tea bags
  • 500ml almond or other plant milk
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup


  • STEP 1

    Toast the spices in a dry frying pan until fragrant. Add 500ml of water and the ginger, and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Steep for 10 minutes, then strain out the tea bags and spices.

  • STEP 2

    Gently heat the milk with the maple syrup (to make the milk frothy, blitz the milk first in a blender before heating). Divide the tea between mugs, then stir in the milk, topping with some foam.


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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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