Kratom Chai Tea
Whether you love the taste of kratom tea, or you desperately want to mask it, our kratom chai tea recipe is for you! There are many “enhanced” chai tea blends available with mitragynine extract infused in them, but that’s not a “kratom tea” by our definition.
For us, kratom tea tea has to be a full spectrum water extraction of the kratom leaf. Just how THC or CBD oil isn’t the same as a full spectrum cannabis experience, mitragynine infusions don’t provide a kratom tea experience.
Prepare to get fancy, because we’re outlining the best kratom chai tea recipes out there!
Spices in Chai Tea
Chai tea is a delicious infusion of spices with black tea (C. sinensis). The black tea brings it’s wonderful and distinct flavor, as well as it’s moderate amount of caffeine to the beverage.
The spices contribute to the delectable aroma and worldly taste. Chais often vary between spicy and flavorful, and mild and sweet.
Oftentimes honey is added to chai to round out the swirling vortex of spices and herbs which make chai distinct from any other tea.
Chai is different from a standard black tea in that it includes these other spices. The spices added to chai include four parts cinnamon, two parts cloves, two parts cardamom, two parts allspice, four parts ginger, and two parts nutmeg.
If you’re looking for a chai on the sweeter end, reduce your ginger and substitute more cinnamon. Plus, you can always spoon in some agave, coconut sugar, or honey to sweeten it after you’ve completed your brew!
Of course, a chai tea is more than just spices! Usually, chai tea includes the leaves of Camellia sinensis to give it a kick and add some more flavor. A little caffeine only adds to the overall sensory delight that is chai tea.
Caffeine vs Black Tea
We discussed in the introduction that mitragynine-infused-chai is not the same as kratom chai tea. To help make this point clear, imagine a caffeine infused chai tea without any black tea leaves in it.
Caffeine is either naturally extracted from coffee beans, tea leaves, or other various source of caffeine. Otherwise it is synthesised in a lab. The chai is then taken in bulk, and sprayed with a caffeine and alcohol mixture. (The alcohol is used so that it evaporates rapidly and doesn’t encourage the growth of microbes.)
This tea then has the flavor of chai spices, while giving you the caffeine you’d otherwise get from the tea leaves. This is a safe way to get flavorful caffeine, sure, but it is in no way the beloved, traditional chai tea.
In the same vein, infusing chai spices with mitragynine is not a kratom chai tea. Just as how black tea contains a multitude of other molecules in it beside caffeine, so does kratom.
Mitragynine is kratom’s most abundant alkaloid, but it is only one of forty alkaloids so far discovered. In focusing on just caffeine or mitragynine, you’re missing the forest for the trees.
What is Kratom Tea?
Kratom tea is an ancient beverage made from the leaves of the kratom tree. Traditionally consumed in Thailand, kratom tea is rapidly growing in popularity around the world. Kratom tea is enjoyed for its effects, which is currently believed to be mediated through mitragynine and its similarly structured alkaloids.
Kratom tea is usually consumed alone, without any additives. Recently, however, Thai youths have been mixing soda into their tea for a super sugary variation. For the past decade in the United States, kratom tea has been surging in popularity.
Some extra sweet kratom tea variants have hit the market, but it is really taking off in the functional tea market paired with other herbal blends. They are usually categorized by their vein colors.
Kratom tea has many functional properties. White and green veins may be energizing with small servings, while medium servings can soothe the body and promote a general sense of wellness. Red veins at medium to high serving sizes help promote relaxation and can pair nicely with a bedtime ritual.
Kratom Chai Tea (Bags): A Match Made in Heaven
There are several ways to make a kratom chai tea, all with varying degrees of difficulty. The easiest is to simply add a kratom tea bag and a chai tea bag to a thermos, add a dash of lemon, and let steep for 20 minutes.
The most difficult way of making kratom chai tea is to source all the materials yourself, blend them, and then brew together. We’ll share our favorite methods, recipes, and more to set you off on your kratom chai tea journey!
Kratom Chai Tea: Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy
The easiest way to make kratom chai tea is still absolutely delicious, despite how simple it is. First, you’ll need to gather your ingredients.
For this recipe you’ll need:
- A chai tea bag (or two)
- A kratom tea bag (or three)
- A lemon
- A thermos
First, start boiling some water. While the water is boiling, add your kratom tea bags to your thermos and squeeze a quarter of the lemon juice into your thermos over the kratom tea bags.
The lemon juice will saturate the kratom tea bags while the water comes to a boil.
Once boiling, fill your thermos with the boiling water and cap it. Let the kratom tea bags, lemon juice, and water steep together for 15-20 minutes.
After 20 minutes have passed, open your thermos and add your chai tea bag(s). You can leave the thermos uncapped, but allow the chai tea bag to steep for 5-7 minutes.
Remove your chai tea bag from the thermos, and enjoy when ready! Some honey, agave, or sugar can be added for some sweetness and to cut back on the bitterness of the kratom.
Kratom Chai Tea with Steamed Milk
A great way to make a quick, delicious kratom chai tea is to follow the instructions for a dirty chai latte. A dirty chai latte is a chai concentrate steamed with a milk (soy, almond, or oat are our favorites). A shot or two of espresso is then added to the latte, giving it the “dirty” element.
For our “dirty” kratom chai tea, we’ll need:
- A chai concentrate
- A milk of your choice
- A steam wand
- A thermos
- Lemon juice
- A handful of kratom tea bags.
To start, we’ll brew an extra strong kratom tea. This means we’ll use more kratom tea bags and less water than we usually would. According to the strength you desire, add your tea bags, boiling water, and a squeeze of lemon juice to a thermos. Let this steep for 20 minutes while you prepare your other ingredients.
To get the chai going, add one part chai concentrate for every four parts milk. Once the kratom has steeped for about 20 minutes, take this mixture and froth it with the steam wand.
You should stop frothing once it has reached a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll then add your extra strong kratom tea to your mix. Aim to add kratom tea until it makes up 25% of the kratom chai tea.
Steam Wand Alternative
If you don’t have a way to froth your milk, there is a way that doesn’t involve a steam wand. For this method, all you’ll need is a microwave, and a sealable, microwaveable container. We love using mason jars. To start, simply add you milk of choice to your container. Seal your container, and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
You should be left with a frothy, bubbly liquid. Unseal your container (so you don’t make a pressure bomb), and microwave it until hot but not boiling. (Depending on how much liquid you’re heating up, this could range from 30 seconds to a minute and a half.)
Once you remove from the microwave, should have a B-level frothed milk for your enjoyment! Nothing beats an actual steam wand that are used at coffee shops, but this one is a close second for making delicious kratom chai teas at home!
When to Drink your Tea?
Kratom chai tea is a delightful beverage for anytime of the day. Which is great news considering that once you try it you’ll be craving it all the time! Delicious!
However, we recommend playing around with the amount and type of kratom you put in your kratom chai tea depending on when you drink it. For us, the morning is the time for a white vein. The afternoon best pairs with a green vein. And red veins are for bedtime!
We hope you enjoy your kratom chai tea!