Pumpkin Eggnog Chai

Somehow Thanksgiving is already this week! I need to remember to take the turkey out the freezer and get it into the fridge. Well, first I have to remember to make sure that there is space in the refrigerator for the turkey! Anyone else have that problem?? Then I need to decide which side dishes I want to make. I always have a ton of ideas and can never decide until the last couple of days what I’m going to make. Fortunately, I have all of the ingredients on hand, so I can change my mind right up until Thanksgiving. :)

One drink that I know will for sure be offered will be this pumpkin eggnog chai. Perfect to serve with dessert or in the evening down time when everyone is too full to move! This drink allows you to get pumpkin into one more aspect of the meal, which makes me and my love for pumpkin quite happy. :) The hint of pumpkin comes through the spices of the chai and ties it to the hint of spice from the eggnog making for a warm, comforting drink that is perfect for relaxing after a big day of cooking (and eating!).

As I mentioned before, I’m not a huge fan of eggnog by itself, but dress it up in a warm, cozy drink like a chai (with pumpkin, of course!), and I’ll be the first in line to get it! I’ll probably be snacking on some Eggnog Muffins with Gingersnap Streusel while I wait!

Pumpkin Eggnog Chai

Yield: 2 servings


  • 2 C water
  • 2 C lite eggnog
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 1/4 C pumpkin


  1. In a small saucepan, stir together water, eggnog, spices, vanilla, maple syrup, and honey until combined. Add in tea bags.
  2. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat. Pour chai through a fine strainer into a heat-safe container. Stir in pumpkin until combined.
  4. Divide chai into two mugs and serve.

This recipe is adapted from La Casa De Sweets.

This recipe is linked with Crazy Sweet Tuesday, Trick or Treat Tuesday, Wonderful Food Wednesday.

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  1. yum!!! Can this be doubled? Can this be saved in the fridge and then reheated?

  2. I definitely love you. And I wish we were BFFs in real life because you love crazy chais as much as I do. This looks so yummy, Jessica! Thank goodness I have all the ingredients to make chai and am doing so in 3…2….1… :)

  3. Oh I am right there with you – I never have room for that hige thing! I have to do a full fridge clean out to fit everything in haha

    And yum! I love that you mixed with with chai – which is like the best drink ever :) This would be absolutely perfect for before or after a lovely Thanksgiving feast!

  4. Looks wonderful! I’m just like you, I always have a hard time deciding on dishes to make for the holidays, my list is always longer than what I have time for.

  5. Hee–I’ve got a pumpkin eggnog recipe scheduled for next week…but this chai sounds amazing! I think I know what I’m going to do with my leftover eggnog! :-)

  6. While we dont actually celebrate Thannksgiving in Mexico, having lived in the US I think it is a wonderful tradition which I like to upkeep (plus, I have many American friends in this neck of the woods!). I am also still debating exactly what to make (aside from turkey of course!). This sounds like such a lovely starter, particularly with the chai addition.

  7. YUMMY!! Can’t wait to try what a perfect idea

  8. I’ve seen pumpkin chai like EVERYWHERE, but eggnog chai?! Brilliant!

  9. My biggest problem with Thanksgiving is having enough room in the fridge after I do all my shopping. Always a challenge

  10. I love chai, I love pumpkin + I dig eggnog, so I know I’d love this. Wish I had a glass to warm me up right now! Your pictures are gorgeous, by the way.

  11. this is one fantastic drink! definitely on my to-do list now!

  12. I love chai and chai with pumpkin and now with eggnog I am sure going to love!

  13. What a great holiday drink- yum!

  14. We must be thinking alike… I made a pumpkin chai latte as well… posting it soon. :) I love the idea of eggnog in this one… it puts Thanksgiving and Christmas flavors all together in one beautiful drink.

  15. You know this looks really lovely! I am not a fan of eggnog normally, but this looks phenomenal!

  16. how unique! i’ve never heard of eggnog chai. :)

  17. So, I’ve never loved eggnog. But I really have to try this because #1 I’m addicted to chai and drink it daily and #2 I love pumpkin. Love this idea :)

  18. I love chai, I love eggnog, and I love that you thought to combine the two! I am putting this one of FB!

  19. Jessica….I just love sneaking pumpkin into anything this time of year. But this looks like the perfect, warm, comforting drink for these stressful days. And more stressful than making Thanksgiving dinner? Finding room in the fridge for all the leftovers! Ha! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! : )

  20. My mouth is watering right now so bad!!! I so wish I had some eggnog right now cause I would be making this chai at midnight. I came over to visit from the Womderful Wednesday and I can tell I am going to have to stay (follow) because I can’t wait to see what other recipes you share in the future.

  21. Okay, I know Christmas is over, but I need a cup of this right now! yum.

  22. This looks incredible! Just wanted to let you know that I featured and linked to your recipe in a blog post :-) http://purelivingforlife.com/8-healthy-pumpkin-recipes/

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