Classic Chai

Serves 6


  • 3 - 4 whole peppercorns (depending on your heat preference!)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cloves
  • 12 green cardamom pods
  • 3 inches of ginger, chopped/grated or cut into thin rounds
  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 cups almond milk *
  • 2 1/2 - 3 tbsp honey (depending on your sweetness preference!)
  • 3 tbsp good dried black tea leaves (I prefer loose leaf darjeeling or assam tea leaves)

*This will give you a basic chai recipe, if you prefer more flavor, add extra spices and experiment with what you like!

*Note if using regular milk, add ginger when you add the tea leaves to avoid potential curdling


  1. Add all of the whole spices to a mortar and pestle and crush into large pieces.
  2. Bring a stove top pot up to a low/medium heat. add the crushed spices and toast for about 2 minutes, then add the ginger and continue toasting for another minute until the spices start becoming very aromatic.
  3. Add water and milk to the pot. stir and bring up to a light simmer - this should take about 10 minutes. Remove from heat as soon as the liquid starts to simmer.
  4.  Add the honey and stir to combine. Then add the black tea and stir, let steep for about 5-10 minutes depending on how strong you like your chai.
  5. Pour the chai through a strainer to catch all of the whole spices.
  6. Serve warm or let cool and store in fridge to serve over ice.
  7. Enjoy!