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Starbucks chai latte copycat recipe

Crave the Chai? Whip Up Your Own Starbucks Copycat Chai Latte!

Craving that warm, spiced hug in a mug but don’t want to brave the Starbucks line? Look no further! This copycat recipe lets you recreate the iconic Chai Latte in your own kitchen, with just 2 ingredients and a secret frothing trick.

chai latte in a mug with topping

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Tastes just like Starbucks (seriously!): Capture the warm, spicy essence of Starbucks’ chai lattes without the artificial flavors or hidden sugars. This recipe makes 16 ounces of chai latte, equal to grande drink size.
  • Simple as 1-2-3: Only chai concentrate and milk needed, plus a bit of magic from your French press.
  • Customizable canvas: Add a touch of brown sugar, swap the milk, or top with a dollop of cold foam – it’s your latte, your way!
  • Save money and impress your friends: Become the “Chai Master” of your social circle – and keep your wallet happy at the same time.
chai latte ingredients

Ingredient Notes

  • Tazo Classic Chai Latte Concentrate: This is the secret weapon! It’s the same concentrate Starbucks uses, capturing that signature blend of black tea, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom.
  • Milk: 2% is the Starbucks standard, but feel free to use any milk your heart desires – oat, soy, even almond!
making starbucks copycat chai tea latte

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Heat & Mix: Combine chai concentrate and milk in a saucepan and get it nice and warm.
  2. French Press Power: Transfer the heated mixture to your French press. Remember, don’t overfill it – leave room for the froth to grow!
  3. Pump Up the Volume: Plunge up and down vigorously. Witness the magic as your chai latte doubles in size and transforms into a cloud of creamy goodness.
  4. Mug Magic: Pour your frothy masterpiece into a mug and savor the warm, spiced comfort.

Expert Tips

  • For a bolder chai flavor, simmer the chai concentrate with additional chai spices like ginger, cardamom, or cloves.
  • Want to experiment? Add a touch of brown sugar syrup or swap the milk for a different flavor adventure. Craving extra decadence? Top it off with a dollop of Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam.
  • No French press? No worries! A handheld frother can also do the trick. Or, Vigorously shake the milk in a sealed jar for a DIY foam. But the French press method creates the dreamiest foam.
  • Feeling lazy? You can skip the frothing step and simply enjoy your chai latte warm. It’ll still be delicious!
  • Want it iced? Prepare the hot latte then pour over ice for a refreshing twist.
chai latte in a mug

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Overheating the chai concentrate: This can make it bitter. Keep it gentle!
  • Boiling the milk: This can make it tough and scalding. Slow and steady wins the frothy race.
  • Over-sweetening: Start with a little sweetener and add more to taste if you want to. Remember, the chai concentrate itself has sweetness.

Storing and Preserving

  • Leftover chai concentrate can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. Reheat gently before using.
  • This recipe is best enjoyed fresh, but any leftover latte can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 day. Just reheat gently, without boiling.

Questions You May Have

1. Can I make this vegan?

Absolutely! Use your favorite plant-based milk and opt for a vegan sweetener.

2. What other fun variations can I try?

Experiment with different spices like vanilla, mint, or even a pinch of cayenne pepper for a kick!

starbucks chai latte

Starbucks Chai Latte Copycat

Recipe by Tania FaysalCourse: DrinksCuisine: American


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This recipe captures the essence of Starbucks' beloved chai latte, complete with a satisfyingly frothy top, all made easily at home.



  • Warm it up: Combine chai concentrate and milk in a saucepan. Heat over low heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until warm and fragrant.
  • Get frothy: Pour the heated chai latte into a French press. Place the lid on and pump the plunger up and down 20 times, holding the lid firmly. Watch the chai latte double in volume and become beautifully frothy!
  • Enjoy your cozy cup: Pour the frothy chai latte into a mug and savor the warm, spiced deliciousness.


  • Plant-based milks can be used but these may mask the taste of spices in chai like oat milk. For more pronounced spicy flavor, add you preffered spices like star anise, cardamom, etc. in milk when boiling.
  • No need to add sugar, as the chai concentrate is already sweetened.
  • Feel free to customize your drink with brown sugar syrup, oat milk, or Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam.
  • A handheld milk frother can be used instead of a French press, but the French press creates a thicker froth.
  • Don't overfill the French press, as the chai latte will double in volume when frothed.

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