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Amazing Spiced Chai Concentrate

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All the flavor of a mix, with no funky additives or preservatives! The benefits to making your own mix are obvious: you can customize it all you want, you know exactly what’s in it, and if you buy them in bulk, the spices can be dirt cheap!

Ingredients

  • 4-½ cups Water
  • 1 stick Cinnamon
  • 1 piece Fresh Ginger Chopped
  • 7 whole Cardamom Pods
  • 2 whole Star Anise Pods
  • 10 whole Cloves
  • ¼ teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoons Freshly-ground Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Orange Zest
  • 10 teaspoons Green Or Black Tea Or 10 Tea Bags
  • ⅔ cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla

Preparation

Bring the water to a boil. Add the spices and tea, remove from heat and let steep 15-20 minutes, depending on how strong you want it. Strain and add the brown sugar, honey, and vanilla. Stir to combine.

Mix 1 part concentrate with 1 part milk, heat and enjoy or pour over ice.

For a stronger flavor, mix 2 parts concentrate with 1 part milk or half-and-half (if you’re like me).

This concentrate will keep in the fridge for around 2 weeks. Freeze it in an icecube tray and add to smoothies!

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Erika (TK) on 11.27.2013

Hi Laura! This recipe was also featured in the Tasty Kitchen Blog (http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2011/01/step-by-step-amazing-spiced-chai-concentrate/) and 3 large ginger “coins” were used, smashed for extra flavor. Hope that helps!

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Laura S on 11.24.2013

The recipe calls for 1 piece of fresh ginger chopped, what size piece are you using?

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thecatnipcat on 3.29.2012

Heather: Use more cinnamon, ginger and black pepper for a spicier taste. If you don’t like the tea flavor, you can brew the spices alone just the same.

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annemenefee on 12.23.2011

Love this! I made it in batches, packaged and labelled it beautifully and gave it as a gift to my friends and neighbors. They loved it and gave me many compliments!

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Heather on 9.6.2011

I just made this two days ago and I feel like it is almost perfect for me but needs to be a little more spicy and a little less tea taste (I am not a tea fan but I love the Chai Lattes at Starbucks)! Any ideas on which spice I should use more of to get a more spicy taste? I will try less sugar like some other people have said and see if that works..just wondering if anyone has some other ideas?? This is so new to me and I’m used to Starbucks :/

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Michelle Ebright on 10.20.2014

Excellent recipe!! I did make a few modifications that anyone who uses Young Living Essential Oils might want to try… I halved the amount of nutmeg and added 2 drops of YL Nutmeg essential oil, added 1 drop of YL Cinnamon Bark essential oil, and then added 4-6 drops of YL Orange essential oil… DIVINE!!

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seaside742 on 10.6.2013

I am a chai latte junkie. This is the best chai I have ever had. It is perfect 100% of the time. You must try this!!!

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sweetesttooth on 2.2.2013

Made this last night after having the recipe on my shelf for ages and was very pleased with the result! Totally delicious with my almond milk on ice. I’ll try heating them up together this afternoon.

Next time I make this I will be adding much more pepper (I like it spicy!) and less brown sugar (little too sweet for my taste). Mmm yum!

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Danka on 6.16.2012

I am trying to cut down on sugar so I omitted the brown sugar altogether but otherwise stuck to the recipe. It’s GREAT! Thanks so much for this recipe.

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brielsbunch on 12.11.2011

Love it! I always make a double batch and it’s gone before the end of the week. I like to use the regular Lipton black tea – I’ve tried other variations, but I always return to basic black.

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