Last summer I ordered an iced chai latte from a coffee place. When I saw that all that was required to make this was to combine milk with this pre-made carton of chai concentrate, and ice, I knew that I so easily could be making this myself. So I looked in the grocery store for some of this pre-made concentrate. I found some Oregon Chai which I quite enjoyed. But, it was a little bit sweet for me. Then a few months ago it dawned on me that I could make the concentrate myself and make it just the way I wanted it.
I searched and found lots of different recipes online, most of which contained ingredients that I did not have. So, I’ve been accumulating spices over the past few months randomly here and there, and last night I finally made this. I am really pleased to say that it is DELICIOUS, and has just the right amount of sweetness for me. I was mostly inspired by this recipe. Here is my slightly adjusted version. It’s easily adjustable to suit your taste.
Chai Concentrate Ingredients:
4 1/2 cups of Water
1/2 cup of Sugar
8 Black Tea Bags
2 Cinnamon Sticks
About a 1″ piece of Ginger cut up
1/2 teaspoon of Black Peppercorns
8 Green Cardamom Pods
10 Whole Cloves
2 Star Anise Pods
About 1/2 teaspoon of Lemon Zest
About 1/2 teaspoon of Freshly Ground Nutmeg
1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
Combine the 4 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
Add the tea bags and all of the spices into the water, but keep the vanilla aside for later. The vanilla will go in after the concentrate has been brewed and strained.
Reduce heat to low and let it simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.
After 20 mins. of brewing it looks like this. I really wish you could smell it through the screen because … just … YUM!
Strain it through a good strainer lined with cheesecloth.
Then add the 1 tablespoon of Vanilla Extract. I used this Homemade Vanilla Extract I recently made.
Let it cool, and then pour it into a 1 Litre/1 Quart Mason Jar or whatever airtight container you have.
I only had these 500 ml mason jars, and this amount fit evenly in two of these jars. Store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Chai Latte Ingredients:
1 part of your favourite milk
1 part chai concentrate
I used about 3/4 of a cup of milk and 3/4 of a cup of chai concentrate to make a 12 ounce drink, which is the same size as a tall Starbucks drink.
This can be served hot or cold with ice. I made mine hot since it’s February and still chilly out. First I warmed the milk and chai concentrate in a saucepan, then when it was hot enough I put it in the stainless steel cup from our martini shaker. (My husband and I got a martini shaker for our wedding and one day I realized it was the perfect size to froth up warm drinks in.) To make it frothy I blended it up with an immersion blender. 🙂
Then drink and savour the aroma and flavour!
- 4 1/2 cups of Water
- 1/2 cup of Sugar
- 8 Black Tea Bags
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- About a 1" piece of Ginger cut up
- 1/2 teaspoon of Black Peppercorns
- 8 Green Cardamom Pods
- 10 Whole Cloves
- 2 Star Anise Pods
- About 1/2 teaspoon of Lemon Zest
- About 1/2 teaspoon of Freshly Ground Nutmeg
- 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
- 1 part of your favourite Milk
- 1 part Chai Concentrate
- Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Add the tea bags and all of the spices except for the vanilla (that will go in later).
- Let it simmer for 15 - 20 minutes.
- Strain into a bowl through a sieve lined with cheesecloth, then add the vanilla extract.
- Let cool, then pour it into a 1 Litre/1 Quart Mason Jar or any airtight container(s) you have.
- Store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Mix equal parts of chai concentrate and milk for a hot or cold beverage.
- For a foamy hot beverage, heat the milk and the concentrate in a saucepan to your desired temperature, then blend with an immersion blender or in a regular blender. (Blending is optional)
- 3/4 of a cup of milk and 3/4 of a cup of chai concentrate makes a 12 ounce drink (Starbucks Tall)
- 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of chai concentrate makes a 16 ounce drink (Starbucks Grande)
- This chai concentrate recipe makes about four 16 ounce drinks.