instant chai tea mix

Homemade Chai Tea Mix

Homemade instant chai tea mix is a deliciously fun gift for the winter holidays. It would make an adorable party favor for a winter tea party; and since it can easily be made ahead of time in bulk, it is wonderful to have on hand for last minute hostess gifts.

As a heavy tea drinker, I have always had  a soft spot for chai varieties. Although I love a good steep of fresh spices and loose tea leaves, I’m also not one to turn down a flavored tea bag or mug of the instant stuff. The other half recently became obsessed with instant chai and in an attempt to cut costs on the multitude of fancy mixes that we were purchasing, I decided to try making a mix in bulk. The mix turned out wonderfully sweet and spicy and I found myself enjoying not one, but two mugs of it this morning.

What started as a way to cut costs turned into the realization that this would make wonderful homemade gifts this holiday season. Just package the mix in mason jars or other airtight glass containers, tie it up with a bow, attach a label or a card with instructions for serving and you’ve got yourself an impressive holiday offering. The ability to make this mix in bulk ahead of time makes it ideal for when you don’t want to show up empty handed to those last minute holiday engagements.

INSTANT CHAI TEA MIX
 
Yields: 36 servings
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 cup non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
  • 1 cup french vanilla-flavored non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1½ cups unsweetened instant tea
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground all-spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
PREPARATION
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together milk powder, coffee creamers and sugar until evenly distributed. Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together tea and spices.
  3. Using a spice grinder or food processor, pulse tea mixture in approximately one cup batches until a fine powder is formed.
  4. Add tea powder to dairy mixture and whisk until fully combined.
  5. Using a spice grinder or food processor, pulse entire mixture in approximately one cup batches until well incorporated and a fluffy powder consistency is reached.
  6. Transfer to airtight containers to store or gift.
To Serve
  1. Mix two heaping tablepoons per 8 ounces of boiling water and enjoy!

 
Homemade Chai Tea MixPACKAGING
Airtight glass jars
Festive ribbon or twine
Small gift labels to print directions

Pair with seasonal mugs and decorative tea scoops for larger gifts.

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Comments

  1. Alesha says

    Did you use a spice grinder to mix your tea? I used a food processor and I couldn’t get mine to look as fluffy as yours.

    • bake.love.give. says

      Hi Alesha! The batch in the picture was made with a spice grinder as we have little space in our SF loft for lots of kitchen gadgets. I have made this in the past with a food processor. It is equally delicious, but not quite as fluffy. I find with food processors that small batches are key. Hopefully it still tasted delicious!

    • bake.love.give. says

      Hi Karen!

      Although I don’t know much about Canadian availability, I do know that I have better luck at megastores like Target or Walmart and even at our local drug store (CVS) than I do at the supermarket. This might help, if not, I have seen both Nestea and Lipton on Amazon – both are brands I have used in the past.

      Hope this helps!

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