Homemade Edible Gift: Chai Tea Mix

Need a last-minute gift idea? This chai tea mix is fairly simple to put together, not terribly expensive (especially if you have access to bulk spices and some jars in your house), and looks lovely. It is great for the holidays and you can keep a few on hand for hostess gifts as well.

Chai Tea Mix Recipe
This recipe fills 2 half-quart jars. Each  jar makes around 15 servings of tea.

  • 24 green cardamom pods
  • 2 t rainbow peppercorns
  • 2 T fennel seeds
  • 1 t coriander seeds
  • 1 t whole cloves
  • 2 4-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 6 T chopped candied ginger
  • 1 C loose black tea (I used organic free trade Keemun from World Market)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Slice cardamom pods in half. Combine with peppercorns, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, cloves, and cinnamon stick. Bake for 5 minutes (or until fragrant).

Step 2: Lightly crush spices with a mortar and pestle (if you don’t have one, try a rolling pin).

Step 3: Combine spices with chopped candied ginger and black tea.

Step 4: Fill a small jar with chai tea mix, attach the instructions (listed below), a tea infuser, and decorate as you like.

Chai Tea Mix Brewing Instructions

  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 T of chai mix in tea infuser
  • Honey or sugar to taste

Bring water to a boil and add tea infuser. Turn off heat and let steep for about 5 mins. Add milk and reheat until hot. Remove from heat, remove infuser, sweeten to taste, and enjoy!

12 Comments on Homemade Edible Gift: Chai Tea Mix

  1. sensiblecooking
    December 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm (11 years ago)

    Oh Stephine, Love love love chai. But never had recipe. Love those combinations of cinnamon, cardamon, cloves. Gift or not they will surely be my regular drink in my kitchen.

  2. May Ling Wu
    December 14, 2010 at 12:51 pm (11 years ago)

    What a cute idea! Love it!

  3. torviewtoronto
    December 14, 2010 at 3:26 pm (11 years ago)

    lovely holiday gift
    my favourite type of tea

  4. Lena
    December 15, 2010 at 8:48 am (11 years ago)

    What a great gift idea! I love chai tea and I’m always looking for new gift ideas. I also like, that it just doesn’t fit only for Christmas, but for any other occasion. Also I have my Christmas gifts already ready ;).
    Thanks for the idea.

  5. Hilah
    December 15, 2010 at 9:42 am (11 years ago)

    What a great idea! I make this by the cup for myself but never even thought about mixing up a big batch.

  6. Dimah
    December 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm (11 years ago)

    What a cute idea!

  7. Trish @I_am_Succeeding
    January 16, 2011 at 6:19 am (10 years ago)

    Chai tea is my all time fave flavored tea…this is a great idea…thank you for sharing it.

  8. Chai Tea
    March 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm (9 years ago)

    It’s nearly impossible to find educated people on this subject, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

    • Judy
      December 14, 2016 at 8:03 am (5 years ago)

      Sharp thginkni! Thanks for the answer.

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