{homemade chai concentrate}

February 14, 2012

When my mom and I meet up for our (almost) weekly crafting dates, we usually start off the day with a nice and warm cup of chai with steamed milk. It helps us get in the mood for crafting, and during winter, warm up from the cold outside.
While the store brand mix is already pretty delicious, it can get a little pricey and we decided to make our own chai tea mix.

Best decision ever! The homemade chai tea is DELICIOUS! ;)

I’m partying here! ♥

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  1. Looks and sounds divine!

  2. Thanks for sharing! I am so pinning. I am obsessed with chai tea and the chai tea lattes at Starbucks!
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  3. Looks great. Few questions though:
    1. Where do you find the fresh ingredients (i.e. lemongrass, vanilla bean, anise pods, etc.) Is there someplace you recommend to find these ingredients?
    2. Does this need to be refrigerated? If so, how long will the concentrate store in the fridge?

    Thank you!

    • Hello Katie, you could look for Lemongrass in any Korean store, the anise pod in a Spanish or Mexican store. & cardamon pod in a Indian. store. Good luck!

  4. What an awesome recipe! LoVE IT!
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  5. I have friends who LOVE chai and this would make a great gift!! Thanks for sharing!
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  6. I was curious about the Pimento seeds as I had never heard of them. I found out here in the States they are called Allspice. I can hardly wait to make this concentrate up because our eldest son loves chai and it would be nice to have some on hand for him.

    How long can this concentrate be stored? Does it have to be refrigerated?

    Thank you for sharing this recipe!!
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  7. That sounds YUMMY!!!! I too would love to know where you get these ingredients??

    Thanks for linking up at The DIY Dreamer :)
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  8. This looks fabulous! I love chai and have made it in the slow cooker, but this would be much quicker. I came over from the Dream To Reality Linky Party.
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  9. Oh my gosh, that looks amazing! I am going to have to try this!
    Beautiful job with your photos as well!! Love your blog.
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  10. I LOVE chai. I’m totally pinning this and trying it. :)

  11. Looks SUPER amazing.. I REALLY wish I could inhale the lovely smell.. : )) You are SOO creative…
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  12. Sounds good!

  13. That Chai at the really looks so great.. Thanks for sharing the recipe.. I am so excited to try it out! :)
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  14. So impressive! I would LOVE for you to share this awesome mommy solution in my Mommy Club link up! Or any other ideas. Stop over! http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2012/02/the-mommy-club-share-your-resources-and-solutions-31/


  15. Awesome! Gonna pin this right now :)

  16. So doing this! And pinning it to pinterest :)

    I’d love for you to come link this up at Marriage from Scratch for From Scratch Friday! It’s on the blog now.


  17. Fabulous Vanessa, thank you for the recipe! I pinned it!!
    Would love you to add my weekly linky party, Inspire Me Fridays to your party page and come play along with ANY of your wonderful creations!

    May I ask where you buy your vanilla beans? I’ve used Beanilla.com but would like to find more options.
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  18. You always have the greatest post.…..Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks…Have a wonderful Sunday:)
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  19. Hey Vanessa,
    This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it this week at my weekly crafting date with my friend Wendy!
    Hope you are having a lovely weekend, girl!
    xo Kim

  20. Can’t wait to try this, Vanessa. Like some of the others, I’m curious about the pimento seeds. I’d think some of the ingredients you could find at a bulk barn or something similar but will have to check. Thanks heavens we can “pin” this and have it to try. Always look forward to your posts.


  21. This sounds delicious! Chi is my favorite cold weather beverage. Our Farmer’s Market has hours that are inconvenient during the week, so I’ll have to wait until Saturday to gather supplies. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.
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  22. This looks delicious, Vanessa!! Anything Chai and I’m so there!! YUM. Would be delighted for you to link up with us over at Mop It Up Mondays (at i should be mopping the floor): http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/02/mop-it-up-mondays-4.html#comment-form

    Have a great week!
    –your newest linky follower
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  23. I drink chai every morning. When I don’t have it I feel incomplete. I cannot believe I never thought to try to make my own because it is pretty pricey! I am SO doing this! Thank you for the inspiration!! I am so excited!

  24. this sounds especially delightful! :) Just found your blog btw. :) Love it! Super cute! Where do you find the more unusual things like vanilla beans, cardamom pods and pimento seeds?

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  25. Gorgeous photos and this recipe looks wonderful! I am totally trying this out!

    - Brandi
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  26. Thanks SO much for sharing this AMAZING feature. YOU Pin’Inspired me and are featured tonight.. Yaaaye.. very excited.. YOu are SOOO creative.. Hope you can link again today.. THANK YOU.. Wishing you an amazing evening.. xoxoxo..
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  27. That sounds so good and looks delicious!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
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  28. This sounds absolutely delicious! Love the idea of having this for my crafty days.
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  29. This looks sooo amazingly yummy.. oh how I wish I could enjoy chai again.. but unfortunately for me I am allergic to ginger.. uggh! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can’t wait to see what you share next!
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    • Amie — I assume you’re only allergic to ginger and not to galangal? It’s a similar spice used in Thai cooking, sometimes called laos. I think you could substitute it pretty well if it doesn’t bother you.

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  31. OMG, gonna try this one out NOW!!!!
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  32. Hello,
    Do you think you could tell me the things you bought in German? Or at least the pods?
    Thank you

  33. Delicious! The only problem with this recipe is that it’s gone in just a couple of days… and I’m the only person in my house that drinks it! Chai is hard to find where I live, so this is much easier. Most of these spices I keep anyway, or can get at the local market. Tonight I’m making a more concentrated batch with 1.5 times the water but 2 times the tea and spices. That might stretch to three or four days =)

    Just a quick thought on the spices: I avoid using ground spices of any kind in liquids (like pumpkin spice syrup, mulled cider, etc) because the end result can be rather sludgy even when strained through a few layers of my finest cheesecloth. Instead, I use whole spices (in this case, the pepper and nutmeg) and crush them a bit in a mortar and pestle. It prevents that icky sludge at the bottom, which can also contribute to a slightly bitter aftertaste.

  34. Catherine says:

    Hi! I really want to make this for Christmas presents as my family love Chai tea! How long does it last if I put it in air tight bottles? Any idea would be very helpful! Thanks

  35. Jessica Whitfield says:

    HEY THERE! ! !

    How do you store these? Are they fine to sit out at room temperature??

  36. Thanks for sharing. I actually love the bottle in the pic with the anise and cinnamon sticks. Where did you find such a lovely bottle?

    • Hey Rachelle, Thank you so much for your sweet comment!
      I found this bottle at the flea market, so I’m sorry I won’t be of much assistance with the search for a similar one..
      Flea markets are a great place to find some vintage-looking bottles though. :)
      Have a great weekend!
      XO! Vanessa

    • I often find this type of bottle in The Container Store but also buy them from Amazon.com. I especially like the flip-top bottles!

  37. Hi Venessa, Thats a lovely recipe . I’m from India. All these spices are medicinal and good for health but the tea bags should NOT be boiled for 1 hour. In fact if tea leaves are boiled for more than 1 minute they turn poisonous/very acidic !. Tea should only be brewed. So , after boiling all the ingredients till the water is reduced to half, a couple of tea bags can be added only for flavour.. Hope my comment does not offend. you. My intention is only to help. Best Wishes.

  38. This sounds wonderful, but I am curious about the mix of concentrate with milk. The recipe says “mix 1 part concentrate with 1 part milk.” So if I want to use 1 cup of milk, does that mean to use 1 cup of concentrate as well? That seems like too much for it to be a concentrate. Or I may be understanding it wrong. Could you please explain it to me? Thanks.

    • Hey Tracy, I am sorry to be replying with such a big delay.
      We were visiting my in-laws in the US for 3 weeks and things got so busy, that I had to completely neglect my blog..
      I usually mix it 1 to 1, but you can definitely mix it to taste. :)
      Have you tried it yet?
      Happy New Year from Germany,

  39. Lorraine says:

    In the picture you have three bottles shown. The one on the right It’s cloudy, why is that? I went to a coffee shop where they make their own concentrate and sell it and theirs is cloudy too. I want to recreate theirs!☺

    • Hey Lorraine!
      The cloudy bottle has the same concentrate in it as the other ones. I believe it just comes from the glass being thicker than on the other bottles and maybe it having settled in the other ones.
      They all tasted the same though. :)
      I’m sorry I can’t be of more help.
      XO’s from Germany! Vanessa


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