Chai Tea Mix Recipe: Easy Winter DIY Holiday Gifts

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Learn how to make an organic chai tea mix to give as DIY holiday gifts this winter. Don’t forget to make extras though! This easy DIY chai tea mix recipe is so delicious, you’ll want to keep a few extra bags of this spicy, homemade chai tea mix for yourself. Package this recipe for chai tea mix in a jar or in a bag – for personalized gifting and storage. Keep reading to learn how to make your own chai tea spice mix with organic spices.

Chai tea mix recipe: Easy winter DIY holiday gifts. Learn how to make an organic chai tea mix to give as DIY holiday gifts this winter. Don't forget to make extras though! This easy DIY chai tea mix recipe is so delicious, you'll want to keep a few extra bags of this spicy, homemade chai tea mix for yourself. Package this recipe for chai tea mix in a jar or in a bag - for personalized gifting and storage. Learn how to make your own chai tea spice mix with organic spices.

How to Make Chai Tea Mix

I absolutely love loose leaf tea. And chai tea has long been one of my favorite teas by far. So I decided that for Christmas this year, I would make my own hand blended chai tea mix using organic spices! Making your own homemade chai tea mix is incredibly easy to do. Plus it’s fabulous for DIY holiday gifts!

Chai tea mix recipe: Easy winter DIY holiday gifts. Learn how to make an organic chai tea mix to give as DIY holiday gifts this winter. Don't forget to make extras though! This easy DIY chai tea mix recipe is so delicious, you'll want to keep a few extra bags of this spicy, homemade chai tea mix for yourself. Package this recipe for chai tea mix in a jar or in a bag - for personalized gifting and storage. Learn how to make your own chai tea spice mix with organic spices.

I made my chai tea mix recipe using certified organic, fair trade spice and tea ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs. Here’s my recipe for chai tea mix in a jar or a bag that you can make for yourself as well as DIY holiday gifts.

Organic chai tea spices for making homemade chai tea from scratch.

Health Benefits of Chai Tea

Chai tea doesn’t just taste amazing, it also has a number of health benefits. According to Healthline, masala chai tea (or rather spicy Indian chai tea) can help improve your health by providing benefits for heart health, digestion and blood sugar level control.

How Chai tea supports a healthy heart.

By consuming as little as 120 mg of cinnamon a day, you can help lower your bad cholesterol. In addition, the black tea used to make my chai tea mix can also aid in lower cholesterol levels. While increasing consumption of black tea to three or more cups a day may lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Drink Chai to help control blood sugar.

The cinnamon in chai tea does more than lower bad cholesterol though. When combined with ginger it’s possible that it may reduce insulin resistance as well as fasting blood sugar levels. In fact, just a few grams of each everyday can help lower blood sugar levels even in those with type 2 diabetes. Just be sure to skip the sweetner. (I promise, chai tea is still fantastic black!)

Chai tea supports health and wellness.

As every chai tea mix is made with ginger, it naturally helps to ease symptoms of nausea. Additionally, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and even black pepper have antibacterial properties. What this means for you is that drinking chai may support healthy immunity and give your body a boost when fighting seasonal winter colds or the flu.

Ready to enjoy the benefits of sipping this warm and spicy tea this winter? Here’s the recipe to make your own homemade chai tea mix!

Chai tea mix recipe: Easy winter DIY holiday gifts. Learn how to make an organic chai tea mix to give as DIY holiday gifts this winter. Don't forget to make extras though! This easy DIY chai tea mix recipe is so delicious, you'll want to keep a few extra bags of this spicy, homemade chai tea mix for yourself. Package this recipe for chai tea mix in a jar or in a bag - for personalized gifting and storage. Learn how to make your own chai tea spice mix with organic spices.

Hand Blended Loose Leaf Chai Tea Mix Recipe

Ingredients:

48 Organic Cardamom Pods or Star Anise
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 or Assam Tea

Certified Organic Fair Trade Whole Anise Star Pods from Mountain Rose Herbs

Directions:

To craft your chai tea mix, begin by breaking the anise star pods, if using, in half. Then crumble the cinnamon sticks into smaller pieces. (You can also buy the cinnamon sticks already broken into pieces.)

Certified Organic Fair Trade Chai Tea Spices for Homemade Chai Tea Mix for DIY Holiday Gifts

Next, place the anise star pods (or cardamom) and cinnamon into a large dish with the black peppercorns, fennel seeds, coriander seeds and cloves. In a preheated 350 degree oven, heat your spices for about 5 minutes until fragrant. Then remove the warm chai tea spices from the oven. 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 by hand blending masala chai tea spices after heating then crushing.

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 most grocery stores. Alternately you can substitute a smaller amount of Organic Ginger Powder.

Packaging homemade chai tea mix for DIY holiday gifts.

Now fill two Eco-friendly Kraft Poly-Lined Bags with tea. I used a scale to fill my bags equally. This homemade chai tea mix recipe yields approximately two 6.75 oz. bags. Alternately, you can fill individual Empty Press ‘N Brew Tea Bags with one Tablespoon of tea. Or combine the ingredients in mason jars.

Labeled bags of chai tea mix for DIY holiday gifts.

Finally label your containers of the chai tea mix with ingredients and brewing instructions for giving as DIY holiday gifts.

I used a word program to create my own simple labels and used a custom font with my handwriting.

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?

Chai Tea Brewing instructions:

To brew a cup of spicy, delicious chai tea, 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 (or a dairy free substitute) and sugar to taste.

Yield: 26 cups of tea

Chai Tea Mix Recipe

Chai Tea Mix Recipe

Learn how to make an organic chai tea mix to give as DIY holiday gifts this winter. Package this recipe for chai tea mix in a jar or in a bag - for personalized gifting and storage. Each container yields about 13 servings of tea.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 48 Organic Cardamom Pods or Star Anise
  • 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 or Assam Tea

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Break the anise star pods, if using in lieu of the cardamom, in half. Then crumble the cinnamon sticks into smaller pieces.

Next, place the anise star pods (or cardamom) and cinnamon into a large dish with the black peppercorns, fennel seeds, coriander seeds and cloves.

Heat your spices in the oven for about 5 minutes until fragrant. Then remove the warm chai tea spices from the oven. Allow to cool. 

Crush the cooled spices as much as possible using the bottom of a glass or cup.

In a large bowl, combine the tea, candied ginger and spices. Mix well.

Fill two 6.75 oz. bags or mason jars with the tea, then label with brewing instructions.

Notes

To brew, 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 (or a dairy free substitute) and sugar to taste.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

Tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1mg Carbohydrates: 1g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
Chai tea mix recipe: Easy winter DIY holiday gifts. Learn how to make an organic chai tea mix to give as DIY holiday gifts this winter. Don't forget to make extras though! This easy DIY chai tea mix recipe is so delicious, you'll want to keep a few extra bags of this spicy, homemade chai tea mix for yourself. Package this recipe for chai tea mix in a jar or in a bag - for personalized gifting and storage. Learn how to make your own chai tea spice mix with organic spices.

If you love this recipe, then be sure to pin it for later. You can also find more DIY holiday food gifts by following my boards on Pinterest. Or check out some of my other holiday inspired food recipes below.

More DIY Holiday Food Gifts

Love homemade food gifts? Make one or more of these yummy recipes for your DIY holiday gifts this winter.

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Delicious DIY Holiday Drink Recipes

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Whether you’re entertaining for the holidays or just want to enjoy the spirit of the holidays, here are a few of my favorite homemade holiday drink recipes. Also be sure to grab the book, 21 Best Winter Holiday Beverage Recipes from Amazon!

DIY Homemade Holiday Drink Recipes - Drink Recipes for Entertaining During the Holiday Season

1. Spiked White Hot Chocolate from Sweet Designs | 2. Rosemary Limoncello from My Recipes | 3. Cranberry Fizz from Sweet Paul Magazine | 4. Gin & Ginger Cocktail (Not Pictured) from Sweet Paul Magazine

Holiday Entertaining - Homemade Holiday Drink Recipes

5. Decadent Chai Latte from My Recipes | 6. Eggnog Martini from Martha Stewart | 7. Italian Hot Chocolate from Camo Meets Couture (Plus an Almond Crescent Cookie Recipe)

Delicious Homemade Holiday Cocktail Recipes

8. Brazilian Pumpkin Frappe Recipe from Pizzazzerie | 9. Hot Buttered Rum from The Plunge Project | 10. Pomegranate Champagne Punch from Epicurious | 11. Cooked Custard Eggnog (Not Pictured) from Martha Stewart | 12. Sgroppini (Not Pictured) from Party Bluprints Blog | 13. Cranberry Spice Champagne (Not Pictured) from Family Circle

DIY Homemade Fig and Melon Holiday Martini Drink Recipe

14. Fig & Melon Martini from Snippet & Ink | 15. Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow Cappuccino (Not Pictured) from Cake Vintage Blog | 16. Gingerbread Apple Cocktail (Not Pictured) from Marie Claire

Homemade Strawberry Mint Wine Cooler Recipe

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Recently I found myself with some very ripe strawberries on hand. So I decided to use it to make a refreshing and tasty summertime drink using fresh picked, ripe strawberries from my parents’ garden! What I came up with was my own homemade strawberry mint wine cooler recipe – complete with strawberries, of course! Here’s how you can make your own!

Strawberry Mint Wine Cooler Recipe

Ingredients:

1lb. ripe strawberry with stems and leaves removed, sliced in half or thirds
2-3 cutie tangerines or 1 small regular tangerine, peeled and any seeds removed
A handful of fresh peppermint, crushed or torn in half
1 bottle of sweet white table wine, I used Château Morrisett’s Sweet Mountain Laurel (from a local winery)

Directions:

Combine the strawberries, tangerine slices, crushed mint and wine into a pitcher with a lid. Place in the fridge and chill until cold or overnight. Then serve over ice if you choose with one or several strawberries and a fresh mint leaf. (I also like to eat the fruit afterward.)

I also have some super ripe cherries I bought recently on our local Roanoke Farmer’s Market. For my next batch I want to try a bottle of sweet white wine with ripe cherries and some fresh chocolate mint I bought from Rolling Meadows Farms and planted in my garden. If I’m able to pick the mulberries on the tree in the backyard before they all fall onto the ground, I think they’d also make a fun addition.

I also want to try my Strawberry Mint Wine Cooler Recipe with just a little ice and blended all together in a blender.