Learn how to make chai concentrate at home. This easy chai tea recipe is better than the coffee shop and will save you so much money!
Raise your hand if you are as obsessed with chai as me! Once fall hit, I wasn’t jonesing for the pumpkin spice latte, what I wanted ALL THE TIME was a spicy chai tea latte. PS – did you know that the word “chai” actually means tea? So saying chai tea latte is really like saying tea tea latte. Ever since learning that I try to avoid being redundant and just call it chai.
If you have never had chai, boy are you missing out. It is so delightful, sweet and spicy and full of warmth. The great thing about making your own chai concentrate at home is that you can make it exactly how you like it. Want it less sweet? Add less sugar, or even change up your sweeteners. Don’t drink dairy? Use it with your milk of choice. Add more or less ginger and peppercorns to make it more or less spicy. I personally don’t like the flavor of anise, so I leave that out, but if you are a fan you can throw it in there. You could even make it decaf if you don’t want caffeine. The possibilities are endless.
I first set out to make chai concentrate from scratch because I wanted to have it every morning without having to leave my house. I have been tweaking this recipe for awhile, and have it exactly how I want it. All I need to do when I wake up in the morning is pour some of the chai concentrate into a cup, top with milk and warm it up. If the weather was warmer I would just pour it over ice and make an iced chai latte! But I have been really into hygge this fall (or as I call it, “getting cozy”) so I just want to enjoy a hot chai latte in my favorite cup, curled up with a fuzzy blanket in front of the fire. Is there anything better?
Yield 4.5 Cups
8 bags black tea (I used Darjeeling)
5 cups water
4 cinnamon sticks
3 inch piece of ginger root cut into coins, plus 1-2 teaspoons grated
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1/2-1 teaspoon peppercorns
10 cardamom pods, crushed
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon honey
- Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- When boiling, remove from heat and add all spices, tea, sugar and honey. Whisk to dissolve sugar.
- Allow to steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain through a fine mesh sieve, store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
- To make one cup of chai, heat one part chai concentrate with one part milk. You can adjust to taste, some people prefer two parts chai to one part milk.