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This has been my go-to edible gift for the holidays 5 years in a row now. I know I’ve shared a chai recipe on the blog before, but this is one special recipe. The candied ginger with the fragrant spices makes for a sweet and spicy creamy chai treat. The pink peppercorns give that extra pop of color that really makes the gift feel special. Placed in a glass jar (I love the look of Weck), with some tea filters and baker’s twine – lovely.


20 cardamom pods

1 tbsp whole pink peppercorns

1 tbsp whole black peppercorns

2 tbsp fennel seeds

1 tbsp coriander seeds

1 tsp whole cloves

3 cinammon sticks

4 tbsp chopped candied ginger

1 cup black tea (loose)

Preheat over to 350F. Combine cardamom, peppercorns, fennel, coriander, cloves, and cinnamon in a cookie sheet and toast for 15 mins. The spices will start to get really fragrant. Remove from oven and cool. With a rolling pin (or a potato masher, like I use) crush all the spices being sure to crumble the cinnamon sticks. Toss the spices in a bowl and add the ginger plus black tea. You got chai!

To brew, add hot water to 1 tbsp chai mix and let steep for 3-5 mins. Add in milk (we use almond!) and honey to taste. Use a cinnamon stick to stir and enjoy.

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14 Responses to Homemade Ginger Chai Mix

  1. Jasmin says:

    Such a great idea. I love edible gifts and this one sounds so quick and easy if you can find all ingredients at stores quickly. 🙂 Happy Holidays to you

    • becca says:

      Yes, it’s always such a hit! I usually order the pink peppercorns online but can find most everything else in the grocery store. Happy Holidays to you and yours, Jasmin!

  2. Christine says:

    THANKS FOR THE RECIPE! I love cardamom! Questions: Given 1 T of dry, how much hot water is used to brew the tea? How much milk? I do understand that to a certain degree it’s all to taste but if we’re to share as a gift, it might be nice to be able to advise. Thanks again!

  3. becca says:

    Hi Christine! I recommended 1 tbsp of chai in a regular-sized teacup, so fill with water nearly to the brim, then add a splash of milk. Does that help?

  4. Christine says:

    Hey, Becca. Yeah, I think it does. I’ll check out the volume of a standard “tea cup” and work from there.

  5. This looks awesome! I love tea!

  6. Liz says:

    Thank you for sharing the Chai recipe; can hardly wait to try it!

  7. Angelique says:

    How many cups of tea does this make.? I would love to make a couple batches. Best recipe I’ve seen out there. Thank you so much.

  8. becca says:

    Hi Angelique! This makes about 10-12 cups of tea (depending how much you use). Hope that helps!

  9. Venus says:

    Becca, I am DEFINITELY making these. This mix is GORGEOUS.

  10. Erica says:

    I’d love your to post a homemade Thai tea mix.

  11. meredith says:

    If you go to amazon and put all the ingredients in your cart, how many batches of this mix are you able to make and give as gifts?

  12. Kelley says:

    What is that tied up there, a cinnamon stick and..?

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