Recently, I’ve been on a chai tea latte kick. It all started when I learned how to make a London Fog (or something very similar) at home….and since then, I’ve been drinking less coffee and more tea lattes.
However, the problem with store-bought chai tea concentrate is the massive amount of sugar in it. (And, it’s fairly expensive.) I’m talking 15-25 grams of sugar for half of a cup! Now that’s hard for me to stomach for a morning beverage. So, when I stumbled on a recipe for making my own chai concentrate at home, I had to try it.
I bought my spices in bulk, so they really weren’t all that expensive-at all. And, this tastes great! Very comparable to the store-bought kind, and if I’d added more sugar, I bet it wouldn’t been almost identical.
Give it a try!
5 cinnamon sticks
2-3″ ginger root, thinly sliced
1 tsp peppercorns
3 star anise
5 allspice berries
12 cardamom pods
5 black tea bags
2 T sugar
2 T vanilla extract
6 c water
- Dump all of the spices, water, and sugar into the pot (leave out the teat bags and vanilla extract).
- Bring to a boil, and then simmer for 20 minutes
- Remove from heat and add the tea bags.
- Strain out the spices and tea bags and store (makes about 1 liter)
To use the concentrate, just treat it like any other chai concentrate that you’d buy pre-made. Add it to milk in a 1:1 ratio.
This recipe can be easily modified to taste-experiment with adding less sugar, more sugar, different kinds of milk, and different amounts of spices. I know I can’t wait to make my next batch!