Chai lattes can be an expensive habit. Learn how to make your own Chai mix concentrate from scratch.
My best friend turned me on to home made chai when she introduced me to this spice she brought back from a trip to Kenya.
She usually prepares chai tea a cup or two at a time, but after I tinkered with the recipe and process a bit, I figured out how to make a bunch of the chai tea mixture so I could have have a chai latte whenever I want without starting from scratch every single time.
Feel free to adjust this recipe according to your taste. use less sugar or more chai spice. Try using an alternative sweetener, like honey or maple syrup. It's all good!
Once you have the Chai tea concentrate made, you can refrigerate it for up to a week, if it will last that long! Use it for hot or cold drinks and save yourself from $5 fancy coffee shop drinks.
Chai tea concentrate ingredients:
2 Tablespoons Chai spice (Tea Masala Spice)
4 Cups Water
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 Vanilla Bean, split and scraped (optional)
4-6 Black tea bags
Chai tea concentrate directions:
Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Add tea bags, chai spice and vanilla. Let steep for 10 minutes. Strain to remove tea bags.
Add the sugar while the mixture is still warm and stir to dissolve. Serve right away by adding equal parts milk and Chai tea concentrate to mugs or pour in to jars and refrigerate for use during the week.
*In the video, I totally forgot to add the vanilla bean, but it does add a nice touch and layer of flavor if you decide to add it.
To serve hot, bring equal amounts chai tea concentrate and milk to a simmer and serve in mugs.
To serve it cold, pour equal amounts of chai tea concentrate and milk over ice. I've used the chai tea with whole milk, almond milk and coconut milk. No matter what type of milk you use it will be delicious!