Now that summer is over, I’m celebrating the beginning of the new season with all of my favorite fall-like things, such as pumpkin bread, autumn colors, and one of my most favorite things, spiced chai. This year, instead of spending money on expensive chai lattes at my local coffee shop, I’ve decided to make my own homemade spiced chai concentrate based on a recipe I found over at Tasty Kitchen. I found that the recipe was so delicious that I wanted to share it with all of my friends, so I’m making a few batches to give away as gifts.
One thing to note: all of the ingredients for this spiced chai concentrate should be readily available in your local grocery store, but they’re generally much cheaper if you can find them in El Guapo bags or in bulk.
• 4 1/2 cups water
• 1 stick cinnamon
• 1 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
• 7 whole cardamom pods
• 2 whole star anise pods
• 10 whole cloves
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
• 1 teaspoon orange zest
• 10 bags of black tea
• 2/3 cup brown sugar
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1 tablespoon vanilla
Pour the water into a large saucepan, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and add the cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, anise, cloves, black pepper, nutmeg, orange zest and the tea bags. Allow the mixture to steep for 15 minutes.
Remove the tea bags, and strain the liquid into a bowl. Add the brown sugar, honey and vanilla. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the concentrate into a quart jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
To prepare your spiced chai beverage, measure out 1 part milk to 1 part spiced chai concentrate. For a cold beverage, serve this mixture over ice. For a hot beverage, heat gently in a saucepan until hot, but not boiling. Pour into your favorite mug and garnish with a pinch of cinnamon. Enjoy!
To package my gift jars, I used spice colored tags and labels in the style Classic Oldstyle.