Crafty Kitchens Holiday Crafts

Published on November 21st, 2012 | by Becky Striepe


DIY Chai Recipe for your Handmade Holiday

DIY Chai Recipe for your Handmade HolidayDIY Chai Recipe for your Handmade Holiday

Food gifts are such a great way to go handmade and please almost anyone on your list. This chai recipe makes enough mix for four of the folks on your gift list!

Chai is a traditional Indian spiced tea, and there are lots of different ways you can make it. If you’re used to ordering Chai at Starbucks, you probably think of this drink as a super sweet, super milky treat with a nice, spicy undertone. The mix below is not like this. Brewed chai is lovely, because you can add as much (or as little!) milk and sweeter as you like, and this mix is a little bit spicier than the commercial chai at many coffee shops. The spices are what shine in brewed chai, and I much prefer homemade chai tea to the sort you buy on the go.

Hand-mixed teas make a great gift, and chai is a perfect tea for the holidays – it’s deeply spiced and delicious mixed with a little almond milk and maple syrup. When you’re giving out loose tea, it’s a good idea to include brewing instructions. If your giftee isn’t a big tea-drinker, you might also want to include a tea ball or diffuser, to make it easy for her to make the tea you mixed up.

This tea would be beautiful packaged in half pint mason jars. The recipe below makes enough for four of these.

Chai Recipe

Yield: 2 pints of loose tea


  • 48 cardamom pods
  • 3/4 cups crystalized ginger, minced
  • 1/4 cup fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks, ground coarsely in the food processor or blender
  • 2 organic vanilla beans, chopped
  • 2 cups organic Darjeeling tea
  • reclaimed paper for writing brewing instructions


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, mixing until the ingredients are well combined. Divide between your 1/2 pint Mason jars (or use reclaimed glass jars!).
  2. Write up brewing instructions (see below) on your reclaimed paper, punch a hole, and tie the instructions to each jar.

Brewing Instructions

To brew one cup of tea:

  • Fill your tea ball with 1 tablespoon of chai mix.
  • Place in a mug and add 1 cup of boiling water.
  • Steep for 5 minutes, then add almond milk and maple syrup, to taste (or your favorite milk and sweetener).

Looking for more food gifts? You can also make a batch of vegan cookie mix or lentil soup mix for your holiday gift list.

Keep up with the latest in the world of green crafts by signing up for our free newsletter. CLICK HERE to sign up!

About the Author

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

3 Responses to DIY Chai Recipe for your Handmade Holiday

  1. Pingback: Crafting a Green World | The home for green crafts and tutorials!

  2. Pingback: Vegan DIY Food Gifts for All the Holiday Giving

  3. Pingback: Episode 3- D.I.Y. Quick, Simple, + Vegan-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas – Food Proof

Leave a Reply

Back to Top ↑
  • Advertisement

  • Let’s Connect!

  • Popular Posts + Pages

    The Crafting a Green World guide to choosing green art and craft supplies.

    Green Crafts for Kids

    DIY Ideas for Home

    Do you love toilet paper roll crafts as much as we do? Today we’re sharing 50 projects that you need to see!

    We’ve rounded up 25 incredible DIY crafts and activities that will make you rethink the average disk. Click through each link below and be inspired!