Chai Tea Concentrate

Chai Tea with cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, black pepper, allspice, orange zest, ginger, vanilla, nutmeg, & cloves

Chai Tea also known as Masala Chai tea seems to be all the rage these days.  It wasn’t until last weekend that I actually even tried it.  I always thought it was more like a milkshake, but after sampling it at an event I realized I was wrong.

Chai Tea or Masala Chai is a flavored tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs. This blend offers tremendous health benefits as you can see below.

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Originating in the Indian subcontinent, the beverage has gained worldwide popularity, becoming a feature in many coffee and tea houses.

Not a fan of tea or coffee? Replace the tea with Rooibos herbal tea – caffeine free and high in antioxidants among other health benefits. Rooibos can be found in loose form or tea bags. Whether you use regular, decaf, or an herbal tea, this Chai tea recipe tastes basically the same.

Chai Tea is a blend of aromatic spices creating a healthy and soothing warm beverage.

Creating you own Chai tea is super easy and substantially less expensive than buying ready-made.  Simply purchase your herbs and spices, then steep for a specified amount of time.  

Once strained you’ll have the Chai tea concentrate.  Once cooled the concentrate can be refrigerated in jars  and ready to drink when you want it.  

Chai Tea is a blend of aromatic spices creating a healthy and soothing warm beverage.

Chai Tea is an aromatic blend of spices which include cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, star anise, cardamom, black pepper, and black tea

To prepare a mug of Chai Tea or Masala Chai, mix equal portions of Chai concentrate with your milk of choice, heat and enjoy!

I purchased a bottle of Chai Tea from the event I attended and shared it with my sisters. Then I made my own batch. We loved my homemade version much better.  Maybe it was the orange zest I used in it and the star anise vs. fennel seeds.  Both adding flavor but not overpowering.

Chai Tea is an aromatic blend of spices which include cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, star anise, cardamom, black pepper, and black tea

Tip: Prepare my recipe first. Then if needed, modify to suit your taste.  Even if you’re not a fan of one of the ingredients in my recipe try it anyway, unless of course you’re allergic. 

None of the flavors are that pronounced. When all the aromatics are combined they create a soothing blend that’s comforting and delicious!

I think you’ll love this.  If you make a batch please share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #vickibensinger and share you thoughts.

This Chai Tea Concentrate will be ideal to serve Christmas morning or to place in jars to gift to friends and family.  

Chai Tea is an aromatic blend of spices which include cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, star anise, cardamom, black pepper, and black tea

Chai Tea Concentrate

This Chai Tea Concentrate with milk is the most comforting aromatic blend of spices that will soothe anyone.  

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a pot, place the water, tea bags and spices - stir to dissolve the sugar
  2. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and cover pot. Simmer gently for 20 minutes
  3. Remove pot from heat. Add honey and vanilla.  Set aside to cool.
  4. Strain using a fine mesh strainer and store Chai Tea Concentrate in a glass jar. Refrigerate until ready to use. (Best used within 1 week).
  5. Serve: Combine equal portions of Chai Tea Concentrate with milk of choice in a mug. Heat & Serve.
Enjoy!

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10 comments

  1. Such a perfect winter warmer with all those wonderful spices!

  2. I’ve had this, but have never made it. I should — it’s good! And your recipe for it looks lovely. Thanks. And Happy Holidays!

  3. I’m thinking this will be a nice treat on Christmas morning!!! A nice change from my usual black tea!

  4. This is really smart! I’ve had chai out, and it’s always too sweet for me. This is a perfect solution, of course, just to make it to your own taste! Fabulous. Merry Christmas!

    • It’s ideal. Just tweak what you don’t like or prefer more of. I think you’ll love it and a pot of homemade chai tea makes a bundle for a fraction of store bought. 

  5. This would make a great holiday gift for my neighbors! I’ll pin it for next year….so much to do, so little time, LOL! Hope you have a fabulous week of celebrating!! xo

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