Dirty Chai Latte

Treat yourself to a Dirty Chai Latte … hot or iced, this delicious espresso drink is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up!

Dirty Chai Latte recipe ... black tea with flavorful chai spices and a double shot of espresso! Learn how to make a Dirty Chai Latte with this easy drink recipe. Enjoy this DIY Dirty Chai Latte iced or hot ... it's the perfect afternoon or morning pick me up! | Hello Little Home

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For quite a few years, I avoided coffee altogether. I’ve always loved coffee, but I’m really sensitive to caffeine. So I mainly stuck with tea, and my favorite coffee shop treat has always been a chai latte … yum!

When I lived in NYC though, I gradually added coffee back into my daily routine. I think it was the only way I could get through my first (totally horrible) job there!

These days, I love starting my day with an iced coffee. I still can only tolerate about a cup a day, but I look forward to that iced coffee every morning.

Today, I’m sharing a favorite recipe that combines both of my coffee shop faves into one delicious drink, a Dirty Chai Latte!

Dirty Chai Latte | Hello Little Home

What is a Dirty Chai Latte?

You may be wondering what exactly a Dirty Chai Latte is … sounds intriguing, right?

Basically, it’s a chai latte with a shot or two of espresso added, and it’s so good!

Don’t have an espresso maker? You can cheat a little. I used my Ninja Coffee Bar on the Specialty Brew setting (which makes the perfect amount), but strong coffee will work, too.

If this all sounds a little complicated, don’t worry, my chai coffee recipe is simple to make. And you can enjoy this dirty chai tea year round, hot or cold!

Iced Dirty Chai Latte Recipe | Hello Little Home

How to Make a Dirty Chai Latte

Want to know how to make a chai latte with coffee?

The first step is preparing the Easy Chai Tea Mix. I’ve been making this chai tea concentrate for years. It’s a mix of sweetened condensed milk and spices, and it’s so simple and quick to make.

You can use this mix to flavor tea or regular coffee, and of course, I used it to create this chai coffee recipe.

To make a hot Dirty Chai Latte, you’ll start by brewing a strong cup of black tea (I used Earl Grey) and a double shot of espresso (or strong coffee).

Combine the tea and coffee in a large, latte-size coffee cup, then add the chai tea mix to taste.

Adding the chai concentrate to coffee. | Hello Little Home

Stirring in the chai concentrate. | Hello Little Home

It’s not 100% necessary, but I added frothed milk to my chai tea coffee recipe. It creates that special coffee shop touch!

To get a perfectly creamy foam topping, I like to use a milk frother. It’s one of those gadgets that so fun and simple to use.

If you don’t have a frother, then microwave your milk in a mason jar until hot. Seal the mason jar and shake until the milk is frothy.

Whole milk works best, whether you’re using a frother or mason jar, but I’ve used 2%, too.

Adding milk foam to a Dirty Chai Latte. | Hello Little Home

A sprinkle of cinnamon is the perfect finishing touch to this Dirty Chai Tea Latte!

The spices from the chai tea mix do tend to settle in the bottom of the cup, so keep that in mind before you take your last sip.

Dirty Chai Latte sprinkled with cinnamon. | Hello Little Home

I’m a huge iced coffee fan, so I prefer to make Iced Dirty Chai Lattes … so delicious!

The process is similar to the hot chai coffee recipe, although you can skip the foamed milk. See the recipe below for instructions.

Whether you make it hot or cold though, this Dirty Chai Latte recipe is sure to become a favorite. It’s the perfect afternoon pick me up!

 

Dirty Chai Latte recipe ... coffee with flavorful chai spices! Learn how to make a Dirty Chai Latte with this easy drink recipe. This DIY Dirty Chai Iced Latte or hot Espresso is the perfect afternoon or morning pick me up! | Hello Little Home
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Dirty Chai Latte
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Treat yourself to a Dirty Chai Latte ... hot or iced, it's the perfect afternoon pick-me-up and takes minutes to make!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 drink
Ingredients
For Hot Dirty Chai Latte:
  • 1 black tea bag
  • 2 shots espresso, or 4 oz. strong coffee
  • 1 to 2 tbsp chai tea mix*
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • ground cinnamon, optional
For Iced Dirty Chai Latte:
  • 1 black tea bag
  • 2 shots espresso, or 4 oz. strong coffee
  • 1 to 2 tbsp chai tea mix*
Instructions
Prepare Hot Dirty Chai Latte
  1. Place tea bag in a large coffee cup. Cover with 1 cup boiling water and let steep for 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Discard tea bag, then add hot espresso to tea.

  3. Stir in 1 to 2 tbsp. of chai tea mix (to taste).

  4. Microwave milk until hot (about 45 seconds), then froth using a milk frother (or shake in a sealed mason jar).

  5. Add frothed milk to drink, then sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.

  6. Serve hot. Enjoy!
Prepare Iced Dirty Chai Latte:
  1. Place tea bag in a large coffee cup. Cover with 1 cup boiling water and let steep for 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Remove tea bag, then place tea in freezer for a few minutes to cool slightly.

  3. Fill a large, tall glass 3/4 full with ice. Pour tea over ice.

  4. Mix espresso with 1 to 2 tbsp chai tea mix (to taste), then add to iced tea.

  5. Stir well, then serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

* Get the Chai Tea Mix recipe here.

The chai tea mix is also delicious mixed with regular coffee ... no tea required!

Dirty Chai Latte recipe ... black tea with flavorful chai spices and a double shot of espresso! Learn how to make a Dirty Chai Latte with this easy drink recipe. Enjoy this DIY Dirty Chai Latte iced or hot ... it's the perfect afternoon or morning pick me up! | Hello Little Home

Now that you know how to make this Dirty Chai Latte recipe, you’ll want to enjoy it every day!

You can also add the Easy Chai Tea mix to regular coffee (no tea) or use it to make a Chai Tea Latte. So versatile, right?

Dirty Chai Latte recipe ... black tea with flavorful chai spices and a double shot of espresso! Learn how to make a Dirty Chai Latte with this easy drink recipe. Enjoy this DIY Dirty Chai Latte iced or hot ... it's the perfect afternoon or morning pick me up! | Hello Little Home

If you loved this Dirty Chai Latte, make sure to check out my Cinnamon Brown Sugar Coffee Syrup, too.

It’s so delish and can be enjoyed in hot or iced coffee, too!

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Coffee Syrup ... yum! Get this easy recipe + 100 other vegetarian fall recipes that are perfect for any occassion! | Hello Little Home

If you’re more of a tea drinker, you’ll want to try my Sweet Cinnamon Milk Tea.

It’s a wonderful afternoon treat, especially when paired with something sweet!

Sweet Cinnamon Milk Tea ... yum! Get this easy recipe + 100 other vegetarian fall recipes that are perfect for any occassion! | Hello Little Home

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