Homemade Chai Concentrate

  • 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



Step 1

Combine water, sugar, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and ginger in large saucepan.

Step 2

Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Step 3

Add tea bags and turn off heat. Allow to steep for 5 minutes.

Step 4

Strain mixture. To serve, combine one part concentrate with one part non-dairy milk. Serve hot or chilled.

Step 5

Store concentrate in the fridge. It will keep for about one week.

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