Holiday Gift from the Kitchen {Kenyan Chai Tea} | Thriftanista in the City


Holiday Gift from the Kitchen {Kenyan Chai Tea}

Thanks to Mariano's and Collective Bias for this sponsored post allowing me to prepare a delicious gift from my kitchen in time for the holidays.

Last year, I started making holiday gifts and I will be continuing that tradition this year by making gifts from my kitchen. One of my most popular gifts was the Kenyan chai tea mix I made for my husband. He is a 2 cups (or more) a day hardcore tea drinker and he likes it prepared in the style of his home country Kenya -- black tea mixed with spices and lots of milk! It's very similar to the chai tea lattes we have here and chai is actually the swahili word for tea.

shopping at marianos for ingredients to make chai tea

Buy Ingredients

Chai tea is very simple to make and a perfect themed gift basket for a special tea drinker in your life or your favorite co-workers. I found all of the spices I needed at Mariano's. It can be difficult to find whole spices in some stores. Luckily, there's a large selection available here. You can even purchase in teaspoon increments at some of the stores. 

In addition to tea, you can customize by adding cookies, gift card, reusable tea ball or strainer to the gift. All can be found at Mariano's.  It's the perfect way to accumulate more points on your rewards card. 

shopping for spices at Mariano's

There are lots of chai tea recipes out there. I based my ingredient list on spices that were consistent for most of the recipes I researched. Feel free to make adjustments and mix according to personal tastes. E loves ginger in his tea so I adjusted the measurements allowing for more ginger.

Spices used for a chai tea latte

Prepare Mix


1 tsp cardamon pods
4 tbsp peppercorns
3 tsp ground ginger
4 cinnamon sticks
tin of loose leaf black tea

Ground spices from Mariano's Chicago

What to do
Grind the spices together.
Mix 5 tsp with a tin of loose leaf tea. (Note: you will have leftover spices to make additional batches)

Making a Kenya Chai Tea
Add 1 tsp of chai tea mix per 6oz of water.
Boil in a tea pot. Strain.
Serve with milk and/or sugar.

Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen

Pack it Up

Creating a label was really easy to do using Picmonkey photo editing website. I designed it, printed it, and laminated it with packing tape. A simple handwritten note works too!

holiday gift basket made with spices from Marianos

For packaging, use an airtight container for the tea and attach label with ribbon so the container can be recycled or reused for other things.

Complete the specially made gift with a mug, serving tray, and/or basket.

Visit the Mariano's community or Marinao's on Facebook and Twitter for more gift giving ideas and holiday meal inspiration.

Making chai tea with whole spices from Mariano's

Will you be giving gifts from the kitchen this holiday season?

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #cbias and their client, #MyMarianos.


Alicia said...

I love chai tea. What a great gift idea! #client

Cam | Bibs and Baubles said...

Your husband is alright with me. I'm hardcore tea drinker too. I have to have milk and honey in my tea or it ain't right!!!

Splendor said...

I love homemade gifts and am thinking of buying a chocolate warmer so I can make chocolate covered gifts for family. Happy Thanksgiving.

14th Street Vintage said...

A chocolate warmer--great idea. The microwave is a pain. I melt white chocolate and roll pretzel rods in it, then roll them in chopped "craisins". Delicious!

Hismildness said...

You are adorable!

How much volume is a "tin" of tea? I poked around a bit and found physical tins up to a pound but nothing explaining the logical tin volume.

PS This recipe is in this morning's Mariano's email newsletter! Brace yourself for some well earned page hits. :-)



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