DIY Organic Handmade Chai Tea Recipe – A Wonderful Handmade Gift Idea

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Christmas Gift Idea DIY - Organic Chai Tea Mix Recipe

I absolutely love loose leaf and chai tea has long been one of my favorites. So I decided that for Christmas this year, I would make my own hand blended chai tea! Making chai tea is incredibly easy to do and makes a fabulous handmade gift idea! I made mine using certified organic, fair trade spice and tea ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs.

DIY Certified Organic Handmade Chai Tea Recipe - Hand Blended Loose Leaf Chai Tea for the Perfect Handmade Holiday Gift

Hand Blended Loose Leaf Chai Tea Mix Recipe


48 Organic Cardamom Pods
2 teaspoons Organic Whole Black Peppercorns
4 Tablespoons Organic Fennel Seeds
2 teaspoons Organic Coriander Seeds
2 teaspoons Organic Whole Cloves
4 sticks of Organic Sweet (True Cinnamon) Cinnamon Sticks
1 Jar Crystalized Ginger
2 Cups Organic Loose Leaf Darjeeling Tea

Certified Organic Fair Trade Whole Anise Star Pods


Start by breaking your cardamom Pods in half and crumbling the cinnamon sticks into smaller pieces. (You can also buy the cinnamon sticks already broken into pieces.)

Certified Organic Fair Trade Chai Tea Spices

Next, place the Cardamom and Cinnamon into a large dish with the Peppercorns, Fennel Seeds, Coriander Seeds, and Cloves. In a preheated 350 degree oven, heat your spices for about 5 minutes until fragrant. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Then crush the spices as much as possible using the bottom of a glass or cup.

How to Make Organic Chai Tea - DIY Hand Blended Organic Chai Tea Mix Recipe

In a large bowl, combine the tea, candied ginger, and spices, then mix well with your hands until ingredients are evenly dispersed. You can find spice sized jars of crystalized ginger at The Fresh Market or a Co-op. Target sells it as well, though it was $3 more per jar at Target than The Fresh Market. Alternately you can substitute a smaller amount of Organic Ginger Powder.

Hand Crafted Organic Fair Trade Loose Leaf Chai Tea - Handmade Gift Idea

Now fill two Eco-friendly Kraft Poly-Lined Bags with tea. I used a scale to fill my bags equally. This recipe yields approximately two 6.75oz. bags. Alternately, you can fill individual Empty Press ‘N Brew Tea Bags with one Tablespoon of tea. Finally label your containers with ingredients and brewing instructions.

I used OpenOffice to create my own simple labels and used a custom font with my handwriting. You can create your own fonts very easily at Now all that’s left is to decorate your package for gift giving! I used a free printable label from Hey Look  and washi tape to decorate mine. How would you dress up yours?

Brewing instructions:

Bring one cup of water to a boil then pour over one Tablespoon of Chai Tea. Allow to steep for five minutes, strain, then add milk and sugar to taste.

Love homemade food gifts? Also be sure to make and gift some delicious homemade vanilla mocha coffee marshmallows!

About Rebecca D. Dillon

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  1. Yum! I adore chai and never thought I could make my own! Not only does this sound delicious as ever, it’s so pretty!

  2. The first ingredient says star anise pods with cardamom pods in brackets; these are 2 different spices. Can you please clarify?

  3. Also, how big is one jar of candied ginger?