As is, this is a good recipe, and good for gift giving. I don't even like instant tea, but I love this. The spices are expensive, so it's a good idea to make a small batch first so you can tweak a larger recipe to your tastes. I do not care for vanilla, so I left it out and used regular creamer. I did not at all find this too sweet and even added more sugar to my final mix as well as triple the spices, including a small amount of nutmeg and black pepper (I love the kick of the pepper, and it is found in many traditional Indian chai recipes). Chai very much lends itself to personal preference, so start out with your basic preferences and experiment from there.
For chai latte, mix with hot milk instead of water - the fat in the milk helps bring out the flavor of the spices and will taste more like the coffee shop type. I usually fix mine with water but it is good with 2% or whole milk for a latte.
My only complaint is that I did not make enough :)
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As is, this is a good recipe, and good for gift giving. I don't even like instant tea, but I...