Maple Chai Recipe

Chai describes a particular preparation of tea originating from India that has been enjoyed for centuries for its delectable flavor, and it is also thought to convey medicinal benefits (via Teatulia). There are many different versions of chai tea, but they all have a few staple ingredients in common: black tea, milk, a mixture of spices, and a sweetener. These ingredients are brewed together, and then the chai is strained, resulting in a tasty hot drink that can be served throughout the day.

Although this drink is often referred to as chai tea, chai is the Hindi word for tea (via Teatulia). Deeply comfortingly, creamy, and beautifully-spiced, it's no wonder chai is considered to be a healing beverage. This chai recipe created by Jennine Rye includes maple syrup to add an element of sweetness, but it's typically not an ingredient you will find too often in traditional chai. The nutty, warming, caramel-sweet notes of maple syrup pair beautifully with the sweet and spiced flavors of chai, resulting in a dreamy hot drink that is guaranteed to delight your tastebuds.

Gather the ingredients to make this maple chai recipe

To make this maple chai recipe, first you will need to gather the ingredients. You will need cardamom pods, a stick of cinnamon, fresh ginger, wholes cloves, ground nutmeg, milk, loose leaf black tea, water, and maple syrup. This maple chai recipe uses loose black tea leaves, however, if you are struggling to source a loose leaf tea, a teabag can be used as a substitute.

Prepare the tea

To start, add the cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, fresh ginger, cloves, nutmeg, milk, and ½ cup water to a small saucepan. Slowly bring the milk and spices to a gentle simmer, and then allow the ingredients to simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. This will infuse the flavor of the spices into the milk, as well as potentially making the milk easier to digest. Once the spices become fragrant, add the loose tea to the saucepan. 

Add the maple syrup, and serve

Allow the tea leaves to steep in the spiced milk for 3 minutes, before adding the maple syrup. Stir the chai well to mix in the maple syrup, before straining the tea through a strainer. Make sure you do not leave the tea leaves in the hot milk for too long, or else the flavor may become overpowering or unpleasantly bitter. Divide the tea into mugs, and enjoy immediately.

Maple Chai Recipe
5 from 34 ratings
Reinvigorate your morning pick-me-up or nightcap with this easy and comforting maple chai recipe.
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mug filled with chai tea
Total time: 8 minutes
  • 4 cracked cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼-inch piece fresh ginger
  • 3 whole cloves
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon loose leaf black tea
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  1. Add the cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, milk, and water to a saucepan.
  2. Slowly bring the saucepan to a simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, and then add the loose leaf tea.
  3. Allow the tea to steep for 3 minutes, then stir in the maple syrup before straining the tea with a fine mesh sieve or tea strainer. Divide the tea between into 2 cups, and enjoy immediately.
Calories per Serving 106
Total Fat 4.1 g
Saturated Fat 2.3 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 12.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates 14.0 g
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Total Sugars 12.3 g
Sodium 55.9 mg
Protein 4.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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