Homemade Chai Concentrate

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate

 

I have seen quite a few recipes floating around on blogs and on Pinterest for homemade chai concentrate. Why hadn’t I thought of this before? It’s so easy and you can customize your own recipe to exactly what you are looking for in your chai. I like mine spicy, with a strong tea flavor and with a subtle sweetness. I find the packaged concentrates from the grocery store to really lack flavor and many times they are just too sweet for me.

Ingredients for Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate

I looked around at tons of different recipes and ultimately settled on creating this customized recipe based on my own personal favorite tastes, when it comes to chai. I have made it three times now to get it exactly how I wanted it. The first time I added my coconut sugar and honey in at the end, which resulted in a cloudy concentrate. It tasted perfectly delicious but it bothered me that it was cloudy. I made it a second time using date sugar and honey at the start, the sweetness was so nice but the date sugar I had was a bit clumpy, which annoyed me. The final time I used coconut sugar again but added it at the start, this time I skipped the honey. I saw a few recipes without pepper at all and some with just a tad bit of ground pepper. I really love the spiciness from the pepper so I added in whole peppercorns. I also really love the addition of orange zest and nutmeg in my chai. I love that there are no rules when making your own chai concentrate. Use this or any other recipes as a guide, but tweak the recipe and ingredients to your preference. Have fun with it.

You can serve your chai warm as a hot latte or cold as an iced latte. Either way, I go with a 1 to 1 mixture on the chai concentrate to a non-dairy milk. I prefer almond milk personally, but you could use regular milk or any other non-dairy milk. If you like it less strong, use less tea bags, or mix 1 part concentrate to 3 parts milk instead of 1 or 2. Play around. If you are like me, after you make this once and take the first sip, you will be sure to always have a batch in the fridge.

Spices for Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate

This Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate would make a lovely holiday gift in a mason jar with a cute tag, some ribbon or twine, etc. Another great gift idea would be to pre-mix all of the spices and place them with the tea bags into a cute little cheesecloth pouch for an adorable chai concentrate mix packet, so your recipient can make their concentrate whenever they wish, adding or taking away any spices of their choosing. You would just want to substitute dried ginger for fresh and skip the orange zest. And of course provide the recipient with the following instructions ::: To make your chai concentrate, place 4 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup coconut, date or raw cane sugar in a medium sized sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and place the cheesecloth pouch in. Simmer for 20 minutes, remove the pouch, then stir in 1 tablespoon of honey (optional). Allow to cool before pouring it in an air tight container or jar and placing in the fridge to cool. Keeps up to 7 days. For a latte, hot or cold, mix one part concentrate to one part milk of your choice, warm up or serve over ice. :::

PS – I am loving the comments about using the concentrate in other things like baked goods or making a syrup from it. SO brilliant, I didn’t even think of that. Great ideas!

Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate

Ice Chai Latte made from Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate

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1 goodlittleindiangirl November 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm

LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!
mmm!!! yummy! I am going to try this during the holidays!!!
I have a couple of ideas in mind,this would go great on top of a cupcake
even swirled into a cheesecake/pumpkin pie
ohhhh… if you make a vegan cream brulee …. pour a little layer in the rameken
Make Tea – Spiced nuts with it ( I can use the tea concentrate, add some cayenne pepper nad salt, toss with nuts) – or perhaps even a brittle!
I will report back to you when I get some time to make them ….

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2 Tasty Yummies November 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Thanks so much! Wow those are some amazing ideas… I love it. Thanks for sharing. Definitely report back if you do any of those things, I’d love to hear how it goes.

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3 Lou November 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Just found your blog – love it.. your photos are amazing. This recipe is fantastic… I love chai and usually make my own chai tea blend, making a syrup concentrate would be awesome for smoothies, adding to baking etc. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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4 Tasty Yummies November 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Thanks so much for your lovely compliments, Lou. Yeh I love the concentrate blend, it’s so easy and super flavorful, I am definitely obsessed. Thanks so much for reading!

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5 mylineontheline November 7, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Great idea. This is something I would love to have chai basically ready whenever I need it.

I just started my own blog about being a line cook and everything that interests me. Check me out if you have a second.

http://www.mylifeontheline.com

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6 samantha-avena November 8, 2011 at 6:28 am

Wow! Amazing idea! Chai tea is my absolute favourite, never thought of making it this way though :)
Thanks for sharing x

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7 Katie November 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm

This looks great! Have you tried multiplying the recipe? I’m wondering if anything would need tweaked to triple or quadruple?

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8 Tasty Yummies November 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I haven’t yet doubled or tripled the recipe. You could definitely just double everything or play around with different amounts of the spices, there really is no wrong answer.

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9 Rebekah November 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I quadrupled the recipe and it turned out wonderful!
The only tweaking I did was I only used 4 cinnamon sticks as I didn’t have anymore, I used 1 cup of honey rather than 2 cups of sugar, and thats it! I have made this recipe about half a dozen times and this was my first time quadrupling it and it is by far my favorite batch!

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10 Mr.T November 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Not to nitpick but calling something chai tea is like saying “coffee coffee”. Ugh…

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11 Tasty Yummies November 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Thanks so much Mr. T actually you are the second person to bring this to my attention today, I was unaware of this fact and had no idea how much it upset some people. I have since corrected it.

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12 Dawn December 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm

In your defense, there are novices out here who, at one time, didn’t know chai was tea :-)

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13 chaichatter November 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I must say that the part I loved most about your blog is this:

“Today I learned that some people really get upset when you say “chai tea” Today I also learned that chai means tea I’m apparently an idiot”

I couldn’t help but giggle as that is the one pet peeve I go on a tangent about. Mr.T above is spot on with his comment . I may have to give in try this concoction just because, well, I *am* Your Chai-ness :)

I also appreciate that you titled this “Homemade Chai Concentrate” and omitted the Tea from it. Good luck and here’s to many delicious cups of chais in your future.

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14 SoupAddict November 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm

LOL about the “chai tea” – I had to google it myself. Even Starbucks calls it a “Chai Tea Latte,” so we shouldn’t feel too bad about that particular hole in our linguistic knowledge. ;) Love this recipe. I’m definitely seeing some chai te … er, chai flavored icing in my baking future.

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15 Tasty Yummies November 9, 2011 at 8:27 am

Haha, I know right? Who knew such a silly thing could bother people so? Whatever you wanna call it, I am obsessed with making it, so that’s all that matters to me :)
BTW I am so glad to have found your beautiful blog through the post on The Kitchn, I’ll be spending lots of time on there for sure!

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16 Jan November 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

Yum this chai recipe sounds amazing!!! Thanks for sharing.

And really? who cares if it’s chai or chai tea or just tea…it’s great recipe with beautiful photos! Love your blog.

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17 hipster housewife November 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Have you tried this blend omitting sweeteners altogether? I’m curious because I had a hot tea at a Thai restaurant once that was just spicy (the spices were still floating in the cup!) and not sweet, and it was surprisingly good… I may have to try and see if it turns out awful or amazing.

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18 Tasty Yummies November 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I haven’t yet, but I am certain it would work. I prefer mine very subtly sweet, which is how I came to this amount of sweetener. I’ve seen many recipes with a lot more sugar. I think the flavor is soo much nicer when it isn’t overly sweet.

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19 hipster housewife November 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I’m glad to hear yours isn’t too sweet! Thanks for the advice!

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20 Amanda Shaw Pronko November 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Just made this… my house smells amazing!!! So easy and delish!!! The packaged stuff is never spicy enough for me and since I already have all the ingredients it was a cinch. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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21 Dana Trabucco (@DanaTrabucco) November 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

Hi! Love the recipe. I may have overlooked so I apologize if this is redundant but does this have to be kept in the refrigerator? Is there a shelf life to it?

Thanks!

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22 Aaisha @BakingPartTime November 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

What a great idea. I’m a sucker for the Starbucks Chai Lattes (iced during the summer of course) and feel like such an idiot spending so much daily. This looks like a great idea! I can make a weekly batch and be set. Awesome post!

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23 MissMeshow November 27, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Can’t wait to try yours! I have tried a few of these recipes and love the amount of spices in yours. Never have I used nutmeg in mine, but will give it a shot. I am a big fan of the whole peppercorns as well. The spicier the better!

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24 Chuck Bluestein December 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm

When chai is made right it can taste incredible and it is hard to stop drinking it. Indians also make lassis that taste incredible also.

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25 Stephanie December 16, 2011 at 2:11 am

I don’t drink tea, but I’ve had Chai before and the taste was so amazing! Do you think if I left out the black tea it would taste anywhere near the same? I would love to be able to replicate that flavor!

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26 Sarah December 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Hi, I’m so excited about this! I have one question – do you think I could seal the mason jar through a hot pack canning process to preserve this for longer? I’m hoping to be able to give these away as a Christmas present but don’t want to have to tell people to drink it within the week. Thanks so much for posting this! :)

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27 tastyyummies December 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Hi Sarah!
To be totally honest with you, I have absolutely no canning and preserving experience at all, so I really cannot answer this. I am not sure why you couldn’t do it, but I really have nothing to base that on :)
Sorry I cannot be of more help. I plan to give this as a gift to a couple of people and I am just telling them to drink this first batch within a week, and I am including the recipe so they can make it again themselves. Thanks

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28 Heidi @ Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom December 19, 2011 at 12:10 am

YUM! I love love love me some Chai and this recipe is perfect for those of us who avoid refined sugars. Thanks for sharing!

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29 tastyyummies January 24, 2012 at 10:40 am

Hi Heidi (sorry for the late reply) thanks so much, glad you like this! I love your blog by the way :)

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30 Hope December 19, 2011 at 9:02 am

Thanks for posting this! I have a co-worker who loves chai, but can’t stand how fakey most of them taste. I’m hoping this will be a great Xmas present for her. It’s a little hard guessing what amount of spices she likes, but I think it will be so fantastic as a homemade gift that it won’t matter that much.
Thanks again!
Hope

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31 Kara January 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!! I love the resource this blog is. This chai sounds d’lish! I am a celiac and have a gfree blog. I recently found out I have Hypothyroidism and I’m truly trying to stay away from caffeine. I love the option to vary the chai as I need it. Do you have any suggestions for a caffeine free tea to replace the pekoe? Thanks in advance.

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32 tastyyummies January 24, 2012 at 10:32 am

Kara. Hi, thank you so much! It means the world to me. I cannot wait to snoop around your blog, it looks so amazing. Thanks for sharing!
I think you could definitely use a decaf black tea or you could also try making it with rooibos tea, which is an herbal tea, so it is naturally caffeine free. It is one of my favorite herbal teas. I have actually been wanting to try this myself since I have been avoiding caffeine myself lately and I am missing my homemade chai. I will let you know if I try it out, how it turns out. Please do the same if you try it out. Thanks again.

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33 Madge @ The View From Right Here February 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

This sounds delicious! I’m going to try it! Where do you find coconut sugar??

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34 tastyyummies February 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Madge – I find it in our local Food CoOp, this is the brand I usually buy: http://www.essentiallivingfoods.com/collections/sweeteners/products/coconut-sugar I also saw it in the health foods section of our regular grocery store today for the first time.

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35 Jada April 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Hi Beth!
I wanted to take the time to say thank you so much for this recipe. My husband and daughter have recently become addicted to starbucks chai frappacinos and I have been trying to come up with a concentrate that I could use at home daily. This recipe is fabulous!! For my daughter I eliminate the tea and add soymilk–she can’t tell the difference!!! There is so much you can do with the concentrate–warm or cold drinks to cookies and cakes–Im in love!!! We have been able to adjust it a little to our taste (love extra cinnamon) and we definitely use it up in a week–I’m having to make double batches every time!! BTW so happy I found this wonderful blog–it is fantastic!!!

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36 Kerri Connor May 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

yet when I go to our local Thai restaurant and want a chai bubble tea — I have to order a chai tea bubble tea or I will get the Green Tea Bubble Tea!! And yes they are all from Thailand.

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37 Janiene May 25, 2012 at 3:22 am

YUM! I am a new follower and I have featured this recipe on my blog. Check it out:

http://bishopsfamilysite.blogspot.com/2012/05/inspiration-for-weekend-2.html

I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you for the inspiration!
Blessings,
Janiene

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38 tastyyummies May 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

Janiene, welcome!! Thank you so much for stopping by and for sharing my recipe. I truly appreciate it! Take care.

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39 Lily Burton May 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Just tried this recipe and it turned out amazing. However, next time I think I will add about 1/2 the sugar, and a tad more honey. I am also curious to see how this recipe might turn out with different teas. I’ve had green and rooibos chais before, and am excited to see if they work well with this recipe ;-P

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40 Ashleigh Gibbon May 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm

As soon as I saw this blog I feel in love with it! I just had to make this chai syrup… for the Black Tea I just used ordinary clipper tea, but i found my syrup became quite bitter, even though I removed the tea bags 5 minutes in! Anyway, as a result I have done some brain storming and my theory is that if you just made the syrup with the spices and omitted the black tea in the concentrate, then yo could add the spices to your ordinary tea whenever you felt like mixing it up a little! I also think this would make is last longer in the fridge.. I also thought it would be nice to use the syrup and make chai tea ice cream/… or even freezing this concentrate into ice cubes and then blending it into your milk to make an ice chai milkshake on a hot day….

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41 Samantha May 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Thanks for sharing this! I just made it and it’s DELICIOUS. Next batch I’ll try roiboos :-)

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42 Julie DB June 21, 2012 at 3:18 am

Made this today!
SO yummy. Fabulous recipe.

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43 tastyyummies June 21, 2012 at 9:43 am

Yay I am so happy to hear that Julie. Thanks for letting me know that you liked it!

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44 Christy Barca July 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Excellent post, full of insight. Keep up the good work!!

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45 ali August 27, 2012 at 6:12 am

I’ve been searching for the perfect chai for ages now and this one sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing and congrats for getting it into “where women cook” magazine, awesome stuff!

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46 Tessa September 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Finally tried this and it was delicious! Great job! I lacked orange zest, but will be sure to add it next time. I’m sharing your link with other chai lovers.

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47 Amanda September 10, 2012 at 3:16 am

Hello all,

As a barista-turned-pastry chef-turned-mixologist, I took this recipe, cut it in half so that I could tinker with it without using all my whole spices (which I recommend getting at your local spice shop), and created the following version. It is less sweet than the original recipe with a more prominent spice character.

2 cups water
1/4 cup No. 209 Gin*
2 T brown sugar, lightly packed
4 black tea bags
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
1 1/2” ginger, sliced and smashed
8 whole cloves
6 cardamom pods
1/2 tsp fresh nutmeg, ground
1 star anise
1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns
1/2 tsp whole coriander (optional)**
1/2 tsp fresh orange zest
1/2 T vanilla bean paste***

Bring water, gin and sugar to a boil. Add tea and spices. Simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. As the cardamom rehydrates, use spoon to split the pods open against the side of the pot to release more flavor. Remove from heat. Strain. Add vanilla bean paste. Let cool. Makes approx 1 1/4 cups.

*Many flavor and aroma compounds found in spices are only alcohol soluble, so adding some alcohol at the beginning releases those esters. After simmering for 20 minutes, the alcohol has evaporated (that’s why this version has a lower finished volume compared to the original), but the flavors pulled out of the spices by the alcohol remains. I used this gin specifically because the botanicals in the spirit contain many of the same flavors as in the chai (cardamom, coriander, bitter orange, cinnamon, etc.) so the flavors will mesh nicely as it simmers.
**I have coriander seed in my cupboard that I’m trying to use up.
***This is a pastry chef’s go-to flavoring. It’s essentially vanilla beans and sugar. I add it to everything I make because the vanilla flavor is much more pure and prominent than in an extract, and less likely to cook off in something that is reheated. Nielson-Massey makes the best version out there. Plus, it’s cheaper than buying vanilla beans and infinitely easier to use. A note: The vanilla particles stay in suspension in the paste, but once the paste is added to something, the particles sink to the bottom just like when using vanilla beans, so you have to be sure to stir the chai concentrate vigorously before each use.

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48 Amanda September 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I found this recipe through Pinterest and I just made it. Wow, this is so good! I’m not even a big fan of chai normally, but my hubby is so I made this primarily for him. But I loved it as well, and I just had to say thank you for such a great recipe!

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49 Domenic September 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Your Homemade chai recipe is very delicious! thank you for sharing this.
and where do you get these glasses??
Sunny regards

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50 Ann Marie Vitello September 30, 2012 at 12:44 am

This is delicious. Just made it. Not sure what type of tea bags i used. I had an unlabeled package of tea bags in my cupboard. Used half raw milk when drinking. Also, i had to use cardamon seeds instead of pods. it was all i had on hand. Either way it tasted delicious.

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51 Kendall November 19, 2012 at 4:05 am

I had been looking for a chai concentrate to make, when I came across yours. Can’t wait to try it!

I am not typically a chai drinker, but I use the concentrate to make my steel cut oats in the morning, replacing the water to boil the oats with half concentrate and half almond milk. I was tired of the overly sweet, processed junk, so this will be perfect!

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52 Lindsay November 20, 2012 at 11:35 am

Making this right now to flavor some sugar cookies!

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53 Diane January 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Hi Beth

How wonderful to find your recipe for Homemade Chai Concentrate. Like you, I far prefer the spicy Chai so I’ll certainly try this out, along with the recipe for Raw Almond Milk.

Thanks for these!

Regards
Diane

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54 Joseph March 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Anyone tried canning this to keep it around longer?

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55 Brit May 22, 2013 at 11:15 am

I see that the suggested shelf/fridge life is 7 days, but I’m struggling to see what in this would “go bad” after that time period. Does something actually make it inedible or is the flavor just less potent?

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56 Sam June 24, 2013 at 7:20 am

Are you able to preserve this? How long would you need to put it in a hot water bath? It would be nice to give as gifts as Christmas time!

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57 tastyyummies June 24, 2013 at 11:56 am

I am absolutely sure that you can, but to be totally honest with you, I don’t know anything about preserving. But I desperately want to learn. I wish I had more info for you. Sorry.

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58 Mackenzie June 30, 2013 at 6:56 am

I was going to try this recipe, has anyone tried freezing it? I don’t know how much I would go through in a week, but would love to have it available for a latte every now and again!

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59 Stephanie July 12, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Can’t wait to try this recipe! Love the ‘Bucks’ chai tea lattes, but not the price – and I haven’t found a store-bought concentrate I love. Question about the orange … with the 8 orange pekoe bags and then additional zest, does it come out with a prominent orange taste – or does it just blend in?

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60 maria September 4, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I just made this and I am in a happy place right now! I looked a lot for a chai concentrate recipe and settled for yours. What a wonderful recipe! I made some modifications (less ginger, could not get cardamom pods so sub it for seeds – about 100, and only 1 star anise). I think next time I will decrease the sugar a bit as I still find it a tad sweet. This is 1000 times better than what you get at the store or coffee shops. Thanks!!!

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61 Misscallajane October 14, 2013 at 11:59 am

I have been making a very similar version to your recipe for a couple years now and love that you are adding coconut sugar. The recipe I have asks for b sugar. I will definitely try with coconut sugar. I have tried black tea, green tea and white tea bags in the recipe but my favorite is Earl Grey The bergamot in it adds another layer of flavour to the concentrate.

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62 Michelle October 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Just making this now and wow my house smells amazing. Thanks again for sharing.

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63 Barb October 28, 2013 at 11:06 am

I made this a year ago and now that the weather is turning cooler, time to make it again. I just LOVED it. Spices are so good for you!!! May try more honey instead of the other sugars (especially since my hobby is beekeeping). Thanks so much for this recipe….So fun to make too.

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64 Jessica November 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm

How do you know when the concentrate goes bad?

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65 tastyyummies November 19, 2013 at 8:44 am

Jessica, I have never had it go bad on me, but I would guess like most everything else, if it went bad, it would start to mold or smell funny. Always use your instincts with that kind of stuff!

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66 vforba December 1, 2013 at 9:53 am

Can you tell me where you get your cardamom pods from?

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67 tastyyummies December 2, 2013 at 8:33 am

I just buy them locally in bulk from our natural grocery store. You could probably find them online, I am sure.

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68 Josh H. December 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Do you think it is possible to make a large batch and actually can this recipe? I’m thinking with the amount of sugar and spices that it will store well after a nice hot bath. Let me know what you think!

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69 Josh H. December 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Nevermind. I found a similar question. Im sure it can be canned and in small 8oz so you could give them two and they could open them whenever they wanted. adding a fresh cinnamon stick the the concentrate before processing would keep it tasting fresh!

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70 Dawn December 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I plan to make this yummy looking recipe. Regarding the concerns about the caffeine. I use fresh tea leaves vs bags. But, either way, you can decaf either by letting them soak for 30-60 seconds and discarding this first batch of tea. There’s still some caffeine of course, but it really helps.

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71 Theresa December 31, 2013 at 10:23 am

I just tasted the homemade chai that I made according to your recipe. It is wonderful, the best I have ever made. I did not use the black peppercorns as I find I don’t care for their sharp bite in my chai, but thoroughly enjoyed preparing all the spices and ginger root, the kitchen smelled so good. I did mix mine with milk from a local dairy, but I also have almonds soaking to make almond milk. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe, this one is a keeper. Much peace to you.

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72 tastyyummies January 3, 2014 at 8:27 pm

So glad you enjoyed it. I love this stuff, so much! xo

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73 Kathy March 12, 2014 at 6:25 pm

I enjoy this drink often I use So Delicious unsweetened Coconut milk and Celestial Seasonings Chai Tea bags or their Honey Vanilla which is a White Tea with Cinnamon Cardamom Ginger Cloves and Black Pepper, when I am time crunched to…Yet I really enjoyed reading your recipe for your Chai Tea Concentrate when I can not find the Celestial Seasonings varieties but I will still use White Tea as my base to cut back on some of the caffeine even though Black Orange Pekoe would be tastier…I just am unable to handle the caffeine. Thanks for yet another awesome post!

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74 B.A. September 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

Just made this and it turned out REALLY BITTER. I followed your recipe exactly, except I omitted the sweetener (I’d prefer to add it when I serve). The mix isn’t spicy at all either… I guess I was expecting a spicy chai. If I make this again I would reduce the black tea and increase the spices. Not sure if the mix I just made is even salvageable, it is that bitter. I can’t imagine an omitted 1/2 sugar would have made that much of a difference, could it?

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75 Beth @ Tasty Yummies September 2, 2014 at 10:46 am

Hi there, sorry it didn’t turn out good for you. There are quite a few things that might cause bitterness, first is the tea that you used. Black teas can vary significantly in flavor and level of bitterness, if it is a strong black tea, it may tend to be more bitter. Your tea may also need to steep for less time than the tea that I used, I would always check the directions on the specific brand of tea you are using. For some teas 20 minutes would be just way way too long. Additionally, absolutely yes, less sweetener would mean possibly more bitter, again depending on the tea. There are a lot of very strong flavors happening there and without the sweetener, the cinnamon, vanilla and tea could all produce a somewhat bitter flavor. The sweetener definitely rounds that out. I have made this exact mixture for many many people and have never had bitter results. In the future, if using that same tea, I would recommend simmering the spices and adding the tea at the very end, letting it steep only a few minutes. As far as the spiciness, that is definitely a personal preference. This chai concentrate definitely has a spiciness to it, but I wouldn’t say it is crazy spicy nor would I say that it wasn’t spicy at all. Chai is hard, everyone has their own preference. If you try making this again, I would say to just alter the ratios to your personal liking.
Also, to salvage what you do have, maybe add more water, sweetener and more spices (but no more tea) and simmer it a bit longer. Hope all of that helps.

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76 Anna Franklin (@AnnaFranklinVP) September 24, 2014 at 1:29 am

I have quit sugar (pretty much off it for 2 years since reading Sarah Wilson’s book) and was looking for a chai recipe without too much sugar/sucrose. Glad I found this! I’m going to try this with no sugar and just sweeten with rice malt syrup at the end. I’m new to chai and this could be good to make in an evening or Sunday and take to work and top up from milk from coffee machine at work! Thanks again. :-)

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77 Kim S October 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

I was so pleased to find this recipe. I am on the Specific Carbohydrate diet and it was so easy to convert it. I used all the same spices and tea I only added honey instead of the sugar and it turned out great! I have made this several times. it’s a nice treat to have around. Thank you so much for the recipe idea!

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78 Beth @ Tasty Yummies October 21, 2014 at 10:55 am

That’s amazing! I am so happy to hear you liked it so much and found it super easy to substitute!! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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79 Kitchen Goddess October 29, 2014 at 7:38 am

LOVE THIS!!!! So glad I researched several recipes…thought this sounded the best….and it is! No more expensive commercial mixes or store-bought chai! My condolences to all the baristas out there, but I can make my own.

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80 Beth @ Tasty Yummies October 30, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Awesome to hear that! Thank you so much for choosing mine ;) It really is pretty amazing to be able to make this yourself isn’t it?

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81 Kitchen Goddess October 29, 2014 at 7:40 am

Also, I WILL be making this for gifts this year! How timely!

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82 tastyyummies November 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I’ve given it as a finished bottle and told the person to use within a week to 10 days and I have also wrapped the spices in one sachet and included a nice printed version of the instructions. Both work great!

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