Not only does this Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate make your house smell amazing when you make it, but it also makes creating your favorite coffee house drink at home incredibly easy. Peppercorns, cardamom, cloves and fennel seeds are toasted and then drowned in water. Fresh ginger and black tea then join the fun before everything is then sweetened with honey and vanilla.
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This isn’t my first foray in making my favorite coffee house drinks at home. Many of you love my Iced Caramel Mocha Latte almost as much as I do!
I’ve found the actual process of making this Homemade Chai Concentrate totally soothing. It also makes my house smell insanely amazing. It’s hard to believe that simple pantry ingredients come together in under an hour to provide me nearly two weeks worth of chai. Delicious both hot or iced. My perfect pick-me up drink no matter what the weather. Peppercorns, cardamom, cloves and fennel seeds are toasted and then drowned in water. Fresh ginger and black tea then join the fun before everything is then sweetened with honey and vanilla.
The liquid is then strained so that all remains is your very own Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate. I store it in quart sized mason jars in the fridge so it’s easy to pour the amount that I need whenever my chai cravings arise. I love pouring the concentrate directly into a mug and warming it in the microwave before topping it with milk that I’ve warmed in my beloved milk frother. It tastes just like a barista made it!
Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 3 tablespoons black peppercorns
- 40 cardamom pods
- 20 whole cloves
- 6 cups water
- 1 6" piece of fresh ginger sliced
- 8 black tea bags
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup honey
Roughly chop fennel seeds and add to large saucepan.
With the back of a knife, crush peppercorns, cardamom and cloves and add to saucepan.
Heat saucepan over medium heat until spices become fragrant, shaking saucepan frequently to avoid burning.
Add water and ginger and bring to a boil.
Turn off heat and place tea bags in water and spices mixture for five minutes.
Remove tea bags, using the back of a spoon to wring water from bags.
Stir in honey and vanilla and allow to stand for one hour.
Pour mixture through strainer to remove spices.
Store in fridge for up to two weeks.
To use concentrate, stir together 1/2 cup milk and 3/4 cup concentrate. Serve either hot or iced.
Obviously this Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate is perfect simply mixed with milk, but you could also use it as the base to this Dirty Dirty Chai Latte, Chai Tea Smoothie or Bailey’s Chai. I can’t wait to try them all!