Do you love chai tea but hate spending your money on those expensive coffee shop versions? Here we share how easy it is to make your very own chai tea concentrate from scratch, leaving out all the added sugars and using only the best ingredients possible. This is perfect for making delicious iced or hot chai tea lattes right in your own kitchen.
Homemade chai tea concentrate recipe
Inspired by gimmie some oven
Yields about 4 cups concentrate
- 8 black tea bags (we used a vanilla black tea)
- 4 cups filtered water
- 8 cardamom pods, gently crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- 8 whole cloves
- 4-6 inch piece fresh ginger, chopped
- 2-3 whole star anise
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest (optional but gives a nice hint of citrus)
- 2-4 tablespoons raw agave, honey, coconut sugar or brown sugar (depending on desired sweetness)
- In a pot over medium heat, add the filtered water and all of the ingredients except for the tea bags. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove the lid and add the tea bags. Allow the tea to steep for 5-7 minutes and pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer (this helps separate all of the spices from the concentrate). Store in the refrigerator, preferably in a Mason jar with a lid, for up to 1 week.
- To prepare your beverage mix equal parts of almond, soy, or skim milk with the chai tea concentrate. Serve hot or over ice.
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