Homemade Chai Concentrate

Makes about 10 servings

Use a 1:1 mix to milk ratio, 2:1 if you like it strong


  • 5-6 cups water
  •  2 tbsp ginger powder (Powdered makes the end result a little spicier than using fresh ginger)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp ground cloves (or 10 whole cloves)
  • 10 bags of black tea with the strings cut off 
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 8 whole cardamom pods, lightly crushed so they’re open
  • 3 whole star anise pods
  • 1/2 orange with peel, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  •  2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)


  1. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil
  2. Whisk in the four powdered spices (ginger, black pepper, ground nutmeg, cloves) first, then stir in the cinnamon stick, cardamom and anise pods, and sliced orange. Finally stir in the tea bags.
  3. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the mixture for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  4. Remove the tea bags, cinnamon stick, cardamom and anise pods, and sliced orange with a slotted spoon
  5. Stir in the brown sugar, vanilla and optional honey

That’s it! This concentrate keeps in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and makes the house smell amazing. Enjoy!

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