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How to make Dirty Chai

Last year I discovered Dirty Chai.  I  got a bit addicted to the wonderful melody of coffee, cloves and ginger topped with heavy whipping cream.  However, most coffee shops or mixes have sugar it in.  This makes it tough for to me drink since I really do try to avoid sugar.   One thing that I’ve noticed as I’m in my last week of the 21 Day Sugar Detox is that spices become so much more important in a recipe when you remove sugar.


How to make Dirty Chai

99.9% of the time I don’t do any sugar in my coffee or beverages however I never had such a strong urge to add a tiny splash of honey  as I did with this Dirty Chai recipe.  I guess that’s better than Mr. Bejelly saying that adding rum to it would make it spectacular.  Anyhow, the nice part about this Dirty Chai recipe is that it’s EASY.   Brew for 5 minutes in your French press and enjoy!

How to make Dirty Chai

Dirty Chai

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 16 kcal
Author: Kelly Bejelly @ A Girl Worth Saving


  • 1 1/2 tbsp of whole coffee beans ground
  • 1/2 tsp peppercorn
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 2 cardamon pods slighty crushed
  • 1 piece of ginger - 1/2" wide x 1 " tall after peeling dice
  • 3 cups of boiling water


  1. Add the ground coffee and spices to a French press. Pour 3 cups of boiling water over the spices and close your press. Let steep for 5 minutes and then enjoy with coconut milk or heavy whipping cream.
Nutrition Facts
Dirty Chai
Amount Per Serving
Calories 16
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 19mg 1%
Potassium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



How to make Dirty Chai

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  • November 18, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I agree with you! I’ve found that without sugar, I use so much more cinnamon and nutmeg. I love chai, so I can’t wait to try this out!

  • November 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Shut the front door! That is completely delish sounding, I’m getting ingredients to make it this week!

  • November 18, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Sounds great, but I’m a wussy & would need a little of some sort of sweetener.

  • Cindy
    November 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Hi, can I make this in a regular coffee maker? I don’t have a French press.

    • November 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Cindy, the spices need time to steep in the coffee. You could try taking brewed coffee and adding it to a pan and cooking it on low for 5 minutes and then straining it.

  • December 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Love this recipe! hate the color of this type…anyway, love the name too, a girl worth saving…powerful name…so, I make espresso, and then I just dump all that in, or anything related, ie. allspice even…and coconut milk always..and itastes deliciious! can ‘t see the font to check the spelling! great share!

  • Janet
    May 2, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Some of the whole spices I don’t have and I want to make it NOW!! I am assuming I can use some ground ones?

    • Janet
      May 14, 2016 at 4:27 am

      I just made this with the ground spices and it is so good! I added turmeric and a tsp. of coconut oil and blended it and it’s great!! So relaxing for an early Saturday morning. Thanks!