One definite fall essetial is… no talk about it… the chai tea. Despite the fact that the word chai means tea in India, our so called “tea-tea” is a very popular drink around the world, and if I’m guessing it right you’ve ordered this one more than once at- you know where- Starbucks. And after spending tons of money on a drink in a green cup, we came to the conclusion that, whether it’s latte of tea you’re getting, the best way to not get bankrupt is to start making it yourself .
This is where this post comes in the picture. This is a first try, not about to lie to you, but yet this is the key to making a PERFECT drink every time! Personally, I’m more a fan of the Chai Latte, but I’m completely okay with others liking the tea more… Even if it basically just is flavored water. Anyhow, this recipe will result in a concentrate for you to mix in your cup and while making it, an amazing smell will reach every corner of the house. It’ll in both ways make you wonder why it isn’t fall every day of the year!
The best part about this is that, if you’re not one of those super sweet toothed-people, this isn’t as sweet as the concentrate bought at the store!
This is what you need for the Chai Concentrate…
- 3 cups water
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 12 crushed cardamom pods
- 8 whole cloves
- 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced up
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 3 whole allspice
- 1 vanilla bean, sliced down the middle or 1 tsp vanilla concentrate
- 1/7 tsp nutmeg
- 3 black tea bags
Put all the ingredients, EXCEPT the tea bags, to a boil together in a pan, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the tea bags and let it steep for another 5 minutes. Pour the mix through a strainer and keep the liquid. After letting it cool down, pour it into a pretty container or glassbottle.
Mix the concentrate with equal parts milk or hot water (try and see how you like it the best) and drink it together with a friend or bring it out on a picnic in the beautiful September weather!