The Perfect DIY Starbucks Chai Latte

The Perfect DIY Starbucks Chai Latte

I am an avid Starbucks Chai Latte drinker, but having them as often as I do was starting to add up (they are $3-$5 per drink!). Don’t get me wrong, I love the whole Starbucks experience and culture and really want to support their business, but it’s just not possible to go there every morning. So, I set out to perfect my DIY version and I nailed it!! Today I am going to share with you exactly how I do it, so you too can indulge at home and save yourself a lot of money!

Tazo ChaiStep 1: Purchase the liquid form of Tazo Chai Tea from Starbucks or Target (or any other retailer who carries it). It’s in the “tea/coffee” section and it’s in a cardboard box. It is sold as Original, Organic or Decaf which is actually better than Starbucks because they only offer the Original.

Step 2: (Optional) If you like a vanilla chai latte, visit your local Starbucks and purchase some of their vanilla or sugar-free vanilla syrup; they sell it in large and small bottles. Don’t try to use other syrup brands, it WILL NOT taste like a true Starbucks Latte. Trust me, this step is crucial!

Step 3: Purchase a Milk Frother of any kind. Don’t spend a lot of money on this, just get a cheap one from Amazon or something. I use the Aerolatte, but any brand should work.

AerolatteStep 4: Mix 4 oz of water with 4 oz of the Tazo Chai Latte you bought. Then, squirt in 3-4 pumps of your favorite flavored syrup (optional).

Step 5: Heat this mixture up in the microwave for about 2 minutes.

Step 6: While the tea is heating up in the microwave, pour about 1/4 cup of milk into your coffee mug you are going to drink out of. Insert your frother into the milk, turn it on, and slowly move it up and down, keeping the frother in the milk the entire time. (Hint: cold milk froths best)

Step 7: When the tea, water and syrup are finished in the microwave, pour the hot mixture into the mug you will drink out of (which also contains the frothed milk). Your frothed milk will rise to the top and your gorgeous mixture of chai tea will sit below, just waiting for you to take your first sip.

Chai LatteStep 8: Enjoy your DIY Chai Latte for a fraction of the cost!!


So, there you go, the perfect homemade Starbucks Chai Latte. Give it a try and let me know what you think! :)

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Sara Brennan is the founder of WIRL Project and was also recently named as one of the Top 30 Under 30 Future Business Leaders of Charlotte, NC. In her spare time she loves to hang out with her Australian husband, Mitch, her toddler son, Mason, and her two dogs, Koby and Skeeter. She shares much of her life and thoughts in her writing and enjoying being around like-minded individuals who are authentic. Interested in contacting Sara about WIRL Project or other endeavors? Join the WIRL Project community or use the Contact form on the website to get in touch with her.


  1. I love it when I can make a Starbucks recipe at home! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

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  2. Profile photo of Tracy Jenks

    I love chai lattes…and my nearest cafe uses a powder that is just eh, okay…and they only offer soy and dairy milk and I want to try it with vanilla almond milk. Definitely trying this!

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  3. Profile photo of Solena Helm

    I have a coffee bar set up at my house and sit at it to get inspired with the whole coffee shop experience! Thanks for sharing this I love!!

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  4. Profile photo of Bre Bertolini

    I’ve never been able to find a good recipe that tastes as good as the store bought! Can’t wait to try this!

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  5. Profile photo of Aunt Deb

    Mmmmmmm, <3 Chai lattes! I use my Kuerig for the tea, Nespresso Aeroccino+ to heat the milk & make the froth and plain old sugar.. now that we've moved the closest Starbucks is 17 miles away so I have learned to make my own too ;)

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      I’d die if the nearest Starbucks was 17 miles away!! Glad you found a recipe you love as well!

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  6. Profile photo of Sara Brennan

    You’re welcome @preppygirl, you were my inspiration for this post! And @bxnicole, I could drink 10 a day ;)

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  7. Profile photo of Brooke Utegg

    Thanks for feeding my addiction as well, my go to Starbucks drink! Every time! Yummmmy!!

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  8. Profile photo of Lauren

    Finally, the secret is out!!!! Thank you for posting this!

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  9. Profile photo of Diane Andriacchi

    I am also addicted to chai tea!!!!

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