Homemade Chai Concentrate

BY : PUBLISHED : September 28th, 2012 UPDATED: November 29th, 2021

From the author, Honor Fabun: I love drinking chai tea, hot or iced, but I don’t love paying $4 for it at a coffee shop. Now I make my own Homemade Chai 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.

From Plant-Based on a Budget: Who doesn’t love a cozy cup of spicy chai tea on a cold winter morning? It’s sweet and incredibly comforting! If you are a big fan like most of us, then you will absolutely love this Homemade Chai Concentrate recipe! It is inexpensive and you can have a cup of Chai in no time.

This Chai Concentrate Is: 

  • The BEST homemade chai concentrate.
  • Perfect for tea lovers!
  • Plant-based and Vegan-friendly.
  • Great served as a hot or iced beverage.

 

Pouring chai concentrate into a jar of milk.

Skip the Takeout

When it comes to staying on budget, keeping your takeaway orders or fancy coffees (or teas) to a minimum is key. For many people, it’s absolutely normal to grab a cup of any hot beverage to go every now and then, but when it becomes a daily habit then it can have a big impact on our monthly budget.

Prepping this Homemade Chai in advance is a great way to make sure you won’t get tempted to drop by your local coffee shop chain every single morning.

Indian-Inspired Delight

This spicy tea originated from India but it quickly has become a world favorite. It tastes like a spicy dessert in a cup. It’s very particular name is derived from the Chinese word for tea, cha. Most people prefer to drink it with milk, which explains the chai latte frenzy.

Have you ever tried this warming tea? We encourage you to make this Homemade Chai Concentrate and jump on the spicy tea bandwagon!

Recommended Equipment:

Photos by Alfonso Revilla

Homemade Chai Ingredients

  • Water: 6 cups
  • Granulated Sugar: ⅔ cup (more or less depending on your preference)
  • Cardamom Pods: 20, cracked
  • Cloves: 15
  • Cinnamon Sticks: 3, broken
  • Ginger: ½ teaspoon, ground
  • Black Tea: 8 bags

How to Make Homemade Chai Concentrate:

Keep scrolling to the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and recipe instructions!

Begin making homemade chai by combining the water, sugar, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger in a large saucepan.

Then you will bring it to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Next you will add tea bags and turn off the 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.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • Enjoy your homemade chia tea as an iced or hot beverage.
  • Combine the chai concentrate with you favorite non-dairy milk for a quick homemade chai.
  • Make sure you allow it to simmer for the full amount of time to get the maximum flavor from the spices.

FAQs

How long does homemade chai concentrate last?

Your homemade chai concentrate is best served up to one week if kept in the fridge.

Can I make chai tea concentrate with no sugar?

Yes, you can! Add your preferred amount or no sugar at all to this recipe.

Can I make homemade chai concentrate with loose tea?

Yes, you can. Just be sure to strain it before drinking.

What is chai concentrate?

Chai concentrate is a black tea that is brewed with a variety of spices in a small batch. The concentrate is then mixed with non-dairy milk to create a delicious vegan homemade chai!

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Pouring chai concentrate into a jar of milk.

Homemade Chai Concentrate

Honor
If you are big fan of those spicy tea lattes to go, then this delicious Homemade Chai Concentrate will rock your world! You'll love it!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 12 servings
Calories 56 kcal
METHOD Stove
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups of water
  • 2/3 cup of granulated sugar or more/less, to taste
  • 20 cardamom pods, cracked
  • 15 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, broken
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 8 black tea bags

Instructions
 

  • Combine the water, sugar, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger in a large saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add tea bags and turn off the 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.

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Nutrition

Calories: 56kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 45mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
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About Honor

Loves baking, gardening and preparing delicious, compassionate meals for her vegan family of four.

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