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This Honey Vanilla Masala Chai Recipe makes a concentrated syrup for either hot or iced lattes, and is perfectly sweet and richly spiced! If Masala Chai Lattes are your favorite coffee shop drink, save money by easily making Masala Chai concentrate at home.

Chai Masala Recipe in Glass Jug with Iced Chai Latte on Tray

If I had to choose one smell that I feel sums up fall, it would be baking apple pie. However, this chai syrup comes in at a close second.

But since it’s about a month too soon (at least for me) for hot beverages like hot chai lattes, I’ll wait on that for now.

And instead use this syrup to make iced chai lattes!

Easy Homemade Masala Chai Recipe with Description

Masala Chai Recipe

If you’re the person who always orders a chai latte (hot or iced) from your local coffee shop, get ready to be amazed. And also start saving some serious money by making your favorite drink at home.

If you have a well-stocked spice cabinet, you probably already have everything on hand for this recipe!

Masala Chai Ingredients

  • Water
  • Honey or sugar
  • Cardamom pods
  • Whole star anise
  • Fresh ginger
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Whole cloves
  • Whole allspice
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Whole peppercorns (or more to taste)
  • Vanilla bean pod or vanilla bean paste
  • Black tea bags or loose leaf black tea

Chai Masala Concentrate

In this Masala Chai recipe, honey and vanilla bean (or vanilla bean paste) are my unique twists on a classic Masala Chai.

I like to use fresh ginger for the best ginger flavor, and many of the other spices are whole instead of pre-ground. Pre-ground spices will also work, but I like the potency and freshness of whole spices.

You can play around with the amounts of each spice to suit your tastes.

How to Make Indian Chai Tea from Scratch:

  1. Boil the water, sweetener, and spices for 20 minutes.
  2. Cover the saucepan and let the spices steep at room temperature for 2 hours.
  3. Strain out the spices and pour the sweet spice syrup into a glass jug.
  4. Add the tea and refrigerate for 3 days.
  5. Strain out the loose leaf tea or remove the tea bags.
  6. Serve hot or iced with milk.

How Long Does Masala Chai Concentrate Last in the Fridge?

Stored in a glass jar in the fridge, Masala Chai syrup will last up to 2 weeks.

More Coffee Shop Drinks to Make at Home:

Chai Masala Recipe for Making Hot or Iced Lattes on Dark Metal Tray

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Honey Vanilla Masala Chai Recipe (Syrup for Iced or Hot Lattes)

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Other Time3 days 2 hours
Yields: 6 servings
This Honey Vanilla Masala Chai Recipe makes a concentrated syrup for either hot or iced lattes, and is perfectly sweet and richly spiced! If Masala Chai Lattes are your favorite coffee shop drink, save money by easily making Masala Chai concentrate at home.

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  • Add all ingredients except the tea to a medium saucepan; bring to a boil, then turn heat down slightly and boil for 20 minutes with the lid slightly ajar.
  • Turn off the heat, cover the saucepan, and let it steep at room temperature for 2 hours.
  • Strain the liquid through a cheesecloth-lined fine mesh sieve, squeezing the cheesecloth to extract all the liquid.
  • Pour the spicy syrup into a jug and add the tea.
  • Cover the jug and transfer it to the fridge for 3 days (or longer if you like your tea stronger).
  • After 3 days, remove the tea bags (or strain out the tea leaves); store the chai concentrate for up to a month in the fridge.
  • Combine the chai syrup with milk to make hot or iced chai lattes (I use about a 2:1 ratio of milk to chai concentrate, but you can play with the ratio to find what you like).


  • This recipe makes about 3 cups of Masala Chai concentrate; each serving is 1/2 cup of concentrate. Nutrition information is given per 1/2-cup serving without anything added.
  • To Make Iced or Hot Lattes: This concentrate is perfect for making either iced or hot lattes. For iced, add cold syrup to cold milk and top off with ice. For hot, add hot syrup to hot milk (and you can top with steamed milk, if available).


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Masala Chai Recipe

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on August 11, 2014. I updated it with more information on August 19, 2020.

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Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. This is such a perfect plan! I would be making pitchers of chai for days ifI had a batch of this around. :)

  2. 5 stars
    Wow, you have a lot of flavors here! This will be new for me, and I am looking forward to it.

  3. What a great recipe and awesome way to save money! I cannot believe we’re inching closer to fall (what?!)

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