Homemade Chai Concentrate

BY : PUBLISHED : September 28th, 2012 UPDATED: December 1st, 2021

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.

homemade chai concentrate in a glass jar with glasses of milk on a white surface

This Chai Concentrate Is: 

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

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, like this Mexican Horchata, 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!

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

process of pouring Homemade Chai Concentrate into a mason jar with several items in a white background

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 your 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.

process of pouring Homemade Chai Concentrate into a mason jar with several items in a white background

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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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

process of pouring Homemade Chai Concentrate into a mason jar with several items in a white background

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 and save so much money too!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 12 servings
Calories 56 kcal
METHOD Stove
DIET Vegan

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups of water
  • cup of granulated sugar or more/less, to taste
  • 20 cardamom pods, cracked
  • 15 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, broken
  • ½ 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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Notes

  • Enjoy your homemade chia tea as an iced or hot beverage.
  • Combine the chai concentrate with your 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.

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

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