A sweet homemade chai latte concentrate made with black tea and full of chai spices. Make your own delicious chai concentrate at home by adding it to your favourite milk.
In the winter evenings I love snuggling on the couch with a hot mug of something delicious. Sometimes it’s a hot chocolate and sometimes it’s a sweet and spiced, milky cup of hot chai.
I warm up half milk and half of my homemade chai latte concentrate. It’s full of chai spices like cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and it’s so comforting on a cold evening.
This chai latte concentrate is made with black tea, sweetened with brown rice syrup (or sweetener of your choice), and packed with spice.
It’s got cardamom, peppercorns, fresh ginger, cloves, fennel seeds, cinnamon sticks and coriander seeds.
First the water and spices simmer it for a while to infuse the flavours. Then it’s taken off the heat and the tea and sweetener is added.
Once it’s completely cool, strain out the spices. This is so handy to keep in the fridge ready for a chai latte whenever you like!
You can add it to regular milk or any nut, seed or soy milk of your choice. I love using a milk frother to make mine, then topping it with a little ground cinnamon.
I use a ratio of 1:1.
1 part milk and 1 part chai concentrate.
Chai latte Concentrate
- 10 whole cardamom pods
- 8 whole cloves
- 5 bags black tea of your choice (or 5 tbsp loose leaf tea in a tea strainer)
- 3-4 cm fresh ginger
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/3 cup brown rice syrup (or maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar…)
- 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
- 1 tsp whole coriander seeds
- 1 tsp whole fennel seeds (or two star anise)
- 3 cups water (750ml)
- Using a mortar and pestle, gently pound the cardamom pods, fennel seeds, coriander seeds and black peppercorn.
- In a saucepan combine all the water and spices together and bring to a gentle simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Take it off the heat and add in the tea bags and brown rice syrup. Remove the tea bags or tea strainer after 4 minutes, then allow the mixture to cool completely.
- Strain out the spices and pour the chai tea concentrate into a clean, sterilised bottle.
- Warm 1/2 a cup of your favourite milk along with 1/2 cup of chai tea concentrate and enjoy with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon on top.
- Store the remaining concentrate in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
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