Red Vanilla Chai Tea

READY IN: 17mins
Recipe by Feelah_the_tigress

This is a variation on a more traditional chai tea since it uses rooibos instead. Please note that forces me to use the term "rooibos tea bags", which sounds a bit awkward, but I used loose-leaf rooibos.

Top Review by Just_Ducky

I'm in heaven!! From the first sip I was on cloud nine :). I used vanilla extract as I had some difficulty finding vanilla beans around here and just added 1/2 tsp directly to my cup with a teaspoon of honey instead of sugar as is my preference for tea. I've loved rooibos tea for years, and these spices add to the enjoyment of it 10 fold. I've since started making a large batch of it, simmering the water & spices for several hours. I heat my milk in a measuring cup separately, froth it with a mini-frother, add honey, vanilla & tea half full in a mug (straining tea with a small strainer), then milk & froth. It's now my go-to drink when I'm feeling stressed in the day. Thanks so much for posting this divine tea recipe Feelah ! Made over and over and thoroughly enjoyed for PAC Spring 2011 :)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 23 cups water
  • 1 13 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon rooibos tea bag
  • 14 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 12 teaspoons dried ginger
  • 1 12 teaspoons cinnamon baking chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean (cut into little pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar


  1. Put water and spices (except for the rooibos tea) into a small pot.
  2. Add water and cook on medium for 6 minutes, then add rooibos tea.
  3. Place lid on pot and cook for 6 minutes.
  4. Add in milk and stir, then turn off the stove burner.
  5. Add sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
  6. Strain spices out and enjoy!

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