Homemade Chai Concentrate2012-09-27
- Yield : 6 C.
- Servings : 12 servings (with added non-dairy milk)
- Prep Time : 5m
- Cook Time : 15m
- Ready In : 25m
I love drinking chai, hot or iced, but I don’t love paying $4 for it at a coffee shop. Now I make my own concentrate. You needn’t shell out for expensive tea – I buy large boxes of organic black tea on the cheap at a certain large natural foods store.
This recipe is pretty mild. Feel free to up the spices and add a few black peppercorns if you like your chai extra spicy.
- 6 C. water
- 2/3 C. sugar (or more/less, to taste)
- 20 cardamom pods, cracked
- 15 cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks, broken
- 1/2 t. ground ginger
- 8 black tea bags
Combine water, sugar, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and ginger in large saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add tea bags and turn off heat. Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
Strain mixture. To serve, combine one part concentrate with one part non-dairy milk. Serve hot or chilled.
Store concentrate in the fridge. It will keep for about one week.