When you finally decide to share a recipe you’ve been dying to shoot, even though the majority of people won’t find it interesting… This month I have SO MANY recipes I’m elated to share!
I love a good chai. One that’s strong and spicy. Slightly sweet, poured over ice with a creamy non-dairy milk. Nothing tops it! I’ve shared in the past that I don’t consume coffee. My love for it is real, but it kills my stomach and nerves. However even though black tea is highly caffeinated. Once diluted with non-dairy milk and consumed in small doses it doesn’t seem to affect me negatively. Yay!
In order to make this chai concentrate perfect, you will need to stock up on a few spices. I found everything on Vitacost and linked it down below if you need to do the same. I also used Vitacost’s Loose Leaf Chai Tea for the base. You need the extra spices to kick up the flavor and make this concentrate truly, well – concentrated. Otherwise it loses flavor when diluted. Later this week I’ll be sharing how I like to use this concentrate to make a killer boba smoothie aka bubble tea.
So if you’re a fan of making chai lattes at home, but you’re using the store bought concentrates – you might want to give this version a try. It’s cleaner, spicer and you can adjust the level of sweetness to fit your needs. I personally find the store bought stuff to be way too sweet, and we all know I love my sweets. There’s a fine line with drinks though. This is a great way to truly customize something and make it unique to you. I actually love to make this using different flavored liquid stevia drops too. The classic vanilla or original flavor is perfect. I also highly recommend caramel! Just a few drops are needed. If you’re not a fan of stevia, maybe try adding 1-2 drops to start. Once you add too much, which varies from person to person, it can taste bitter. Finding your perfect amount makes all the difference. I use to hate the taste, but now I love it!
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DIY Spicy Chai Concentrate
Yield 1 quart
- In a quart jar measure and pour spices and loose leaf tea.
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a pot over medium high heat.
- Once boiling, pour into the quart jar. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
- You can leave spices in the jar to chill overnight in the fridge or pour and strain out the loose leaf tea after the 10 minutes of steeping. Saving the cinnamon sticks and star anise to add back in.
- Stir in sweetener of choice, I used a combination of coconut sugar and stevia to lightly sweeten.
- Taste and adjust spices as needed. For a spicier chai, double the ginger and star anise. Let the cinnamon sticks and star anise rest in the jar overnight while it chills.
- Depending on your preference of concentrate. Pour 1:1 over any non-dairy milk for a chilled chai latte.
This will keep in an air-tight container for up to 7 days in the fridge.