Homemade chai tea concentrate is the secret to making your own chai tea lattes at home. I’ve purchased chai tea concentrate before and while that does lower the cost of a coffee shop chai tea latte, making homemade chai tea concentrate is super easy and inexpensive.
This chai tea concentrate recipe is extremely versatile and you can change up the spices and sweeteners to your own preference. Don’t fret too much about having the exact spices in whole form. I used what I had on hand and even then I forgot to add nutmeg and ginger. Cardamom is very expensive so I would suggest buying it in bulk if you can find it and just get the small amount that you need for the homemade chai tea concentrate. I’m pretty certain that any of the spices ground would work fine, too. It just may be harder to strain. I like my chai tea sweet but feel free to cut back on the sugar or honey to your preference. Honey is sweeter than the sugar so be aware of that before you start adding more!
Now that you have a fabulous cup of chai tea, you need some equally fabulous treats to go with it, right? For a special treat in the evening I’ll like tea with Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread or Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. I’m thinking that it’d also go great with homemade blueberry donuts for a morning treat! Not a fan of tea? How about some cardamom coffee instead?
- 4½ cups water
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 7 whole cardamom pods
- 10 whole cloves
- 10 chai tea bags (black)
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- In a pot, bring water to a boil.
- Add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and tea bag to water.
- Steep for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove tea bags and spices (a coffee filter works great!).
- Stir in brown sugar, vanilla and honey.
- Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- To make a latte:
- Warm desired amount of milk or half and half (or steam it). If you want it cold, don't warm the milk.
- Add chai concentrate in a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio, depending on preference.
Recipe adapted from Tasty Kitchen.