Not only does this Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate make your house smell amazing, but it also makes creating your favorite coffee house drink at home incredibly easy.
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As much as I try to be a coffee drinker, chai tea continues to be my drink of choice each morning. After dropping off the big kids at school, my two year old sidekick and I usually make the trek to Starbucks. Chai for me, cake pop for her.
And then there are days when I just want a chai like five minutes ago and don’t want to make the trip across town to get one. Enter my Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate. My saving grace sitting inside my fridge that means my favorite drink is at the ready.
Depending on the season, you can choose how to use my Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate as the base for either a warm or iced drink. They’re both equally delicious!
What is chai tea concentrate?
I’ve found the actual process of making this Homemade Tea 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.
Although other recipes you might find use loose leaf tea, I create my Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate with tea bags. No measuring needed, no extra mess. I can simply grab a few tea bags from the pantry and go.
Proof that when you’re making your own DIY version of a favorite drink, it doesn’t necessarily mean that more work will be involved.
How to Make Chai Tea Concentrate
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, only better as I didn’t have to leave my house.
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!