Make your own chai spice mix with this easy, six ingredient recipe. Use it for chai spice tea, in baking recipes, or add it to coffee or cider.
- 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons cardamom
- 2 tablespoons ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cloves
- 1/4–1/2 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
Measure out all of the spice into a small bowl and mix them together. There shouldn’t be any visible streaks of any one spice in the mixture.
Store the chai spice mix in an airtight container.
- If you like a spicy chai mix, add extra ginger. While some of the other spices add heat, they have a stronger flavor that can quickly overpower the other components of the mix. Ginger adds enough heat without drastically altering the flavor profile.
- For a sweeter mix, lessen the ginger, and you can even add up to 2 tablespoons of brown sugar or coconut sugar.
- Cardamom comes in three colors–black, green, and white. Each color has it’s own flavor profile. Green is the most commonly variety in supermarkets, and generally has the most balanced taste. White is just bleached green cardamom, but is considered inferior in the flavor department. Black is a more savory spice, with a hint of smoke. If you want your chai to lean more savory, consider hunting down black cardamom, but otherwise green is your best bet.
- I’ve listed the black pepper as optional, and it definitely is. It does add a nice sharpness to the flavor, but make sure to not add too much if you choose to add it.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Spices and Flavors
Keywords: chai spice recipe, chai mix, spiced chai