Dirty Chai Latte Recipe: The Perfect Blend of Coffee, Tea & Spices In One Mug

Forget plain old lattes! We're about to spice things up with a creamy concoction that'll tantalise your taste buds and send your senses on a chai-tastic tango. This Dirty Chai Latte recipe is the ultimate hug in a mug with a cheeky little kick. 

Think warm spices dancing with creamy milk, all spiked with a shot of espresso for a morning pick-me-up that'll have you strutting into the day like you own the sidewalk. Ready to start brewing? Let’s go!

What is A Dirty Chai Latte? Your New Best Buddy in a Mug

The Dirty Chai Latte is the sassy cousin of your standard chai latte. It's got all the warming spices and creamy goodness, but with a cheeky splash of espresso for a caffeine kick that'll have you conquering the day like a boss. 

Imagine this: fragrant cinnamon, nutty cardamom, and a touch of ginger swirling in a velvety embrace of hot milk. Then, BAM! A shot of espresso cuts through, like a cheeky wink from a roguish barista. It's a flavour combo that's both comforting and oh-so-exciting, like that cosy jumper with a hidden sequinned back.

So, let’s give your mornings the caffeine kick and flavour upgrade they deserve!

How to Make a Dirty Chai Latte?

Ingredients (for 1 mug of pure chai-fection):

  • 250ml milk (full-fat for ultimate creaminess, but any milk you fancy will do!)
  • 1 shot of espresso (or a strong coffee if you're caffeine-cautious)
  • 1 teaspoon loose-leaf masala chai or 1 chai tea bag
  • 25ml Skinny Mixes Sugar Free Chai Syrup (the secret weapon of barista-level bliss!)
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon (for an extra sprinkle of spice)
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg (optional, but adds a touch of festive cheer)

Honey or caramel syrup (optional, for a touch of sweetness if you like things extra naughty)


  1. Brew the chai: Steep the masala chai tea in the milk for 5-7 minutes, according to package instructions. If using a tea bag, remove it after steeping.
  2. Channel your inner barista: Heat the milk (including the steeped chai) in a saucepan until steaming (don't let it boil, nobody likes a curdled latte!). Alternatively, warm it up in a fancy milk frother if you're feeling extra swish.
  3. Spice it up: While the milk is warming, whisk together the Skinny Mixes Sugar Free Chai Syrup and espresso in a mug. This is where the magic happens, darlings!
  4. Get frothy (or not): If you use a saucepan, pour the hot milk and chai into the mug and gently stir. If you're a frothy fiend, use your milk frother to whip up some dreamy bubbles before pouring it in.
  5. Top it off: Sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg for that festive touch (totally optional, but trust me, it's divine!). If you have a sweet tooth, drizzle with honey or caramel sauce.
  6. Sip, savour, and strut: Take a sip of your spicy masterpiece and bask in the warm glow of barista-level brilliance (even if you're still in your pijamas). This latte is your secret weapon for conquering the day, one sip at a time.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What exactly is a Dirty Chai?
  • A: A Dirty Chai Latte is a classic chai latte spiked with a shot of espresso. It's like a warm hug with a caffeine kick, perfect for waking you up or giving you a mid-afternoon pick-me-up

  • Q: Can I make it without the espresso?
  • A: Of course! Simply skip the espresso for a regular chai latte with Skinny Mixes Sugar-Free Chai Syrup and Masala Chai Spice Blend. It'll still be warm, spiced, and delicious.

  • Q: I don't have Masala Chai Spice Blend. Can I just use regular chai spices?
  • A: Of course, you can substitute with individual spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. Try adding 1/4 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and cardamom, and a pinch of ginger and cloves.

  • Q: I'm dairy-free. Can I make this recipe with plant-based milk?
  • A: Absolutely! Any plant-based milk you like will work in this recipe. Oat milk, almond milk, and soy milk are all great options.

  • Q: Can I make this iced?
  • A: Definitely! Prepare the recipe as usual, then pour it over ice for a refreshing iced Dirty Chai Latte. You can even adjust the amount of Skinny Mixes Sugar-Free Chai Syrup to your taste.

    • Q: Where can I buy Skinny Mixes Sugar-Free Chai Syrup?

    A: You can find it online at the Skinny Mixes website. Additionally, we have a Sugar Free Vanilla Chai Syrup, just in case you want to add more sweetness without the extra calories to your latte.

    Skinny Mixes Sugar-Free Chai Syrup: Your Guilt-Free BFF

    Skinny Mixes Sugar-Free Chai Syrup is a must-have for barista-style bliss, minus the sugar blues and missing out on authentic Indian flavours. This bad boy is packed with the warm, comforting flavours of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and black pepper, all without the unwanted calories or sugar. 

    Ready to spice up your mornings (and afternoons, and evenings, let's be honest) with this Dirty Chai Latte recipe? Click the link below to grab your bottle of Skinny Mixes Sugar Free Chai Syrup and start brewing up your barista-worthy magic. 

    Don't forget to tag us in your spicy creations on Instagram @skinnymixesuk – we love seeing you embrace the chai life!