how to make chai hot chocolate

Chai Hot Chocolate

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Spice up your your holidays with this recipe for chai hot chocolate! Full of all the spicy goodness of chai tea and the extra flavor of rich chocolate.


  • 4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate pieces or chips (I used Ghiradelli)
  • 10 cardamom pods, coarsely cracked (and if you can’t find these, don’t give up! Just use a little cardamom powder, or some extra allspice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice, cracked
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (yes pepper! ┬áDon’t skip it!)
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 quarter-size slices fresh ginger plus 1/2 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/2 cup chilled whipping cream


  1. Combine first 6 ingredients, 4 tablespoons brown sugar, and ginger slices in medium saucepan. Bring almost to simmer, whisking frequently. Remove from heat; cover and steep 10 minutes. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk cream, remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar, grated ginger, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in medium bowl to peaks. Add more sugar to taste if not sweet enough for your taste.
  3. Strain hot chocolate. Ladle into 6 mugs. Top each with a swirl of ginger cream.