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Homemade Chai Concentrate

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Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 Servings

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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
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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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Cassy Joy Garcia

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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