Spicy cloves, sweet cinnamon, aromatic cardamom, fragrant star anise, fresh ginger, and flavorful whole black peppercorn wonderfully meld together into this delicious, smooth Chai Tea Concentrate that is perfect for helping warm up on those upcoming chilly winter mornings or cool down and chill out on hot summer evenings.
Never being a coffee fan, I wanted to find a yummy alternative and stumbled across chai tea at Starbucks one day. I will admit that at first it took some getting used to because I had never really had a drink with so many different spices in it, like chai, but I kept drinking it and the more that I did the more I began to enjoy its unique taste.
What I love about this drink is its versatility in that it can be enjoyed poured over a cup of ice or warmed up on the stove allowing all of its flavors to come to life. Every once in a while I would splurge on one of these drinks from Starbucks, but then I found out that the Tazo Chai Tea Concentrate, the same being used at Starbucks, was sold for a fraction of the price at Target and began buying those. Nevertheless, since I’m always curious about what’s in the food that I eat/drink and love trying new recipes, I thought it’d be great to try making it myself and that’s when I stumbled across this awesome recipe that I adapted just a little on the blog Give Me Some Oven.
Trying to find all of the ingredients for this recipe isn’t necessarily the easiest thing and you may have to go to specialty shops that sell Indian spices to find everything that you need. Luckily, I was able to get everything all in one spot from this super awesome Indian grocery store in Jackson Heights, Queens called Patel Brothers. So if you’re in New York and having difficulty sourcing all of the ingredients, I definitely recommend making a trip out to Jackson Heights, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Once you’ve got everything you need and are ready to go, everything else is easy from that point forward. So make this delicious treat and enjoy it however you see fit. Thanks for reading!
Chai Tea Concentrate
- 12 cardamom pods, gently crushed
- 8 whole black peppercorns
- 8 whole cloves
- 4-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
- 4 cups water
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 3 whole allspice (optional)
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar (more or less to taste)
- 2 star anise
- 1 vanilla bean, sliced down the middle (I used 1 tsp. vanilla extract)
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- 4 black tea bags (I used 4 Tbsp. loose black tea)
- Place cardamom, black peppercorns, whole cloves, and star anise into resealable plastic bag and lightly smash with mallet or heavy object (I used a rolling pin) in order to release flavors.
- Bring all ingredients except tea to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Cover and allow all ingredients to simmer for about 15 minutes before turning off heat.
- Add loose black tea and allow to steep for about 5-10 minutes.
- Strain all ingredients through mesh strainer and allow to cool before storing.
- Mix with equal parts of your favorite milk (regular, almond, soy, etc.) or water.
- Concentrate should last for about a week in the refrigerator.
Oh! And HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! I hope that you all have a safe and fun day full of costumes and candy! And I’d also like to feature this recipe as my first official Fiesta Friday post!