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Homemade Chai Concentrate

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Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
4.9 — Votes 7 votes

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This chai concentrate is incredibly easy to make from scratch and makes the most delicious homemade chai lattes!

Homemade Chai Concentrate

This chai concentrate is our homemade answer to the $5 coffee shop chai latte! The spice-forward drink dates back 5000+ years (although the coffee shop version was likely popularized sometime around the 1960s) – incredible, right? Originally created for use in traditional medicine practices, chai is loaded with spices and herbs and is incredibly delicious. Mix this up at the beginning of your week and enjoy a hot or cold, chai latte to your liking every day without having to leave your house!

Chai Concentrate Ingredients

The list is truly pretty simple, and if you (unintentionally) collect as many spices as we do, you’re likely to have several of the ingredients in your spice cabinet already! Here’s the full list:

  • ⅓ cup of maple syrup
  • 4 cups of water 
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of fine sea salt
  • 2-4 large, black tea bags

Ingredient Modifications

  • Make it spicier – for a spicier chai concentrate, use a ½ teaspoon of black pepper (instead of a ¼ teaspoon).
  • Omit the sweetener – if you’re looking to go sugar-free here, feel free to omit the maple syrup or replace it with a sugar-free sweetener.
  • Use decaffeinated tea – if you want a chai latte without the caffeine, feel free to use decaffeinated black tea bags!

How to Make Chai Concentrate

  1. Boil ingredients – place all of the ingredients (besides the tea bags) in a pot and bring the water to a rolling boil. Boil for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat.
  2. Add the tea bags – add the tea bags to the pot, and let steep until cooled.
  3. Strain and store – strain the chai concentrate through a cheese cloth, and store in the fridge until ready to use.

How to Make a Homemade Chai Latte

When you’re ready to enjoy a chai latte, add equal parts chai concentrate and your milk of choice (or add 2 tablespoons of heavy cream for a more decadent treat!) to a glass, stir, and enjoy! If you’d prefer a hot chai latte, simply combine the milk and chai concentrate in a small pot on the stove, and stir over medium heat until hot.

Tips and Tricks for the Best Homemade Chai Concentrate

  • If you have a hunch that you’re going to LOVE this chai concentrate, feel free to double (or even triple) the recipe – the recipe directions won’t change at all!
  • A chai concentrate kit would make for the sweetest holiday gift (really similar to our chocolate chip cookie jars!). Simply add the spices to a large mason jar (this way, the jar can be easily reused for the concentrate itself), and either tie the tea bags around the neck of the jar, or pop them into the jar, too, include directions for the concentrate, and gift. 

Chai Concentrate Storage Instructions

Store your chai concentrate in a large mason jar (or another airtight container) in the fridge for up to 10 days.

Q What kind of tea is used for chai?
A

You’ll need large (sometimes called “family-sized” or “gallon”) black tea bags for this recipe.

Q What sweetener is best for chai concentrate?
A

We used maple syrup here, but you can absolutely sub it for honey, brown sugar, or coconut sugar. You can also add more or less sweetener than the recipe calls for to suit your personal preferences!

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Homemade Chai Concentrate

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
4.9 — Votes 7 votes
Cook Time: 15 mins
Servings: 4 Servings
This chai concentrate is incredibly easy to make from scratch and makes the most delicious homemade chai lattes!

Ingredients  

  • 4 cups water
  • cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2-4 large black tea bags

Instructions

  • Place all of the ingredients (besides the tea bags) in a pot and bring the water to a rolling boil. Boil for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat.
  • Add the tea bags to the pot and let steep until cooled.
  • Strain the chai concentrate through a cheese cloth and store in the fridge until ready to use.

Recipe Notes

  • Make it spicier – for a spicier chai concentrate, use a ½ teaspoon of black pepper (instead of a ¼ teaspoon).
  • Omit the sweetener – if you’re looking to go sugar free here, feel free to omit the maple syrup or replace it with a sugar-free sweetener.
  • Use decaffeinated tea – if you want a chai latte without the caffeine, feel free to use decaffeinated black tea bags!
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HOWDY! I’m Cassy Joy and I am just so happy you’re here. I’m the founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Nutrition Consultant here at Fed and Fit. What started as a food blog back in 2011 has evolved now into so much more.
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  1. Darcy says

    Darcy —  08/08/2022 At 13:05

    5 stars
    My favorite drink at my local coffee shop is an iced oat milk chai and this was pretty much spot on with the flavor. I will definitely be making a double batch next time!

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  08/08/2022 At 15:14

      We are so glad to hear that, Darcy! Thank you for taking the time to share with us. -Team F&F

  2. Jordan Shell says

    Jordan Shell —  08/09/2022 At 09:55

    5 stars
    Wow, wow, wow, this is incredible! This chai concentrate is so easy to make and tastes delicious! I’ve tried premade chai concentrates before and they never taste quite how I’d like them to. This one is even better because I know the quality of the ingredients I’m using & I can adjust the sweetness. I used the concentrate to make an iced chai latte with almond milk, which is much less expensive than grabbing a chai latte at a coffee shop. I’ll be making more for family and friends. If you like chai, you have to make this!

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  08/09/2022 At 11:55

      We love to hear that, Jordan! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such generous feedback. -Team F&F

  3. Brooke says

    Brooke —  08/17/2022 At 10:36

    5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a concentrate and tried this one first and I will look no further!! So delightful!! Taste even better from the one I get at my local coffee shop! I tried it with coconut and oat milk. The coconut milk places a tang taste but the oat milk is spot on!!! Thank you!!

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  08/19/2022 At 14:00

      Aww, that is so great, Brooke! We are so happy to hear this is a recipe you already love. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us. -Team FF

  4. Liz B says

    Liz B —  08/19/2022 At 10:10

    I’m wanting to try this, and have everything except the big tea bags. Would it work using more of the smaller size black tea bags? Thanks!

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  08/19/2022 At 14:06

      Hi Liz! You can absolutely use smaller, black tea bags. We recommend starting with 4, and you can adjust the strength of your concentrate from there. Enjoy! -Team FF

  5. Tracey says

    Tracey —  08/19/2022 At 17:18

    I only have loose tea. Any idea on grams or ounces for the bags of tea before I go and Google it? 🙂

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  08/22/2022 At 08:18

      Hi Tracey, we would use about 4 standard tea bags in this recipe, so roughly 1-2 ounces per bag would be my best guess! -Team FF

  6. Julee says

    Julee —  08/26/2022 At 09:12

    Hi! I was wondering if this could be simply done with actual chai tea bags/loose tea blend?

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  08/26/2022 At 10:05

      Hi Julee, great questions! You could definitely use chai tea bags to make a concentrate, but since they are already spiced, you wouldn’t need to add the additional spices in the process. If using a loose tea blend, our best guess would be around 8-ounces of loose tea (based on the weight of the 4 standard bags we used). -Team FF

  7. Colette says

    Colette —  09/29/2022 At 02:41

    If I was making this as a gift (love the idea!) are there any concerns about mixing the wet and dry ingredients (the syrup and extract with the dried spices) and still making it shelf-stable? Or if sealed in a mason jar it would be okay? Thanks!

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  09/29/2022 At 22:10

      Hi Colette! When making it as a gift, we recommend putting the spices and tea bags in a large mason jar and including instructions for how to make the concentrate. The recipient would add the water, maple syrup, and vanilla to the spices and tea bags. If you’re preparing the concentrate to completion for someone, we recommend sealing in a mason jar and keeping refrigerated. -Team FF

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