A good chai latte makes me weak in the knees. I love the flavor! When I go out to a Cafe for a little pick-me-up, I mainly do it for the chai lattes. Okay, also for the slice of cake… but mostly for the chai.
What drove me crazy is that I couldn’t get this at home! If I wanted a chai latte, I had to go out and get it. It annoyed me because 1) I am a do-it-yourself-er and, 2) I couldn’t help but think, “I can do this!”
Let me tell you… I DID do it and it’s better than expected and easier than you think! I mean really, the hardest part is going to be finding the spices at the store. Take the extra 5 minutes in the spice aisle… it’s worth it.
1.1 liters water
8 black tea bags
85 g honey
1 vanilla bean, split down the middle
ginger about the size of your thumb, pealed and cut into pieces
10 whole cloves
8 whole cardamom pods
2 anise stars
1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Bring the water to a boil in a pot over the stove. Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Add the spices to the tea. Let steep for about a half hour. Pour through a fine mesh sieve and squeeze out the tea bags.
That’s it! Transfer to a jar with a lid and keep in the refrigerator.
There are many ways to serve up this chai concentrate. My Favorite way is added to a nice Macchiato making a chai latte. However, you can dilute the concentrate in hot or cold milk for a nice chai tea beverage, or add it to a smoothie for a nice chai kick!
Do with it what you will, but most importantly, enjoy it!