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{homemade chai concentrate}

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! ;)

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{chai concentrate}

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a delicious, spice infused tea! Yum!

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 10 pods cardamom
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 5 pods star anise
  • 10 seeds pimento
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 4 in. ginger
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar or honey
  • 10 bags black tea

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add the spices and boil at a low temperature for about 1 hour.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, add the tea bags and let steep for a couple of minutes.
  4. Strain the concentrate through a sieve.
  5. Add the brown sugar or honey and stir to combine.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool before filling it in little bottles or jars.
  7. Mix 1 part of the concentrate with 1 part of milk.
  8. NOTES: Personally I prefer my chai latte with steamed low-fat milk. But you can use regular milk, almond milk, soy milk. . Serve your chai hot or on ice. . Also, play around with the ingredients to get it perfect for your liking. Stronger, weaker, more spicy. .

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62 Comments

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    Kristin
    Tuesday February 14th, 2012 at 06:14 PM

    Looks and sounds divine!

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    Jennifer
    Tuesday February 14th, 2012 at 06:21 PM

    Thanks for sharing! I am so pinning. I am obsessed with chai tea and the chai tea lattes at Starbucks!

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    Katie
    Wednesday February 15th, 2012 at 02:12 AM

    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!

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      Joe
      Sunday December 15th, 2013 at 06:41 AM

      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!

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    Katie
    Wednesday February 15th, 2012 at 02:22 PM

    What an awesome recipe! LoVE IT!

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    The Partiologist
    Wednesday February 15th, 2012 at 02:42 PM

    I have friends who LOVE chai and this would make a great gift!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Peggy
    Wednesday February 15th, 2012 at 03:32 PM

    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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      Peggy
      Wednesday February 15th, 2012 at 03:35 PM

      Are the red seeds the pimento seeds? Because mine are brownish black… I wonder if there is more than one variety of pimento seeds?

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    Christine
    Wednesday February 15th, 2012 at 03:42 PM

    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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    Camille
    Wednesday February 15th, 2012 at 03:59 PM

    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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    Lisa
    Wednesday February 15th, 2012 at 07:26 PM

    Oh my gosh, that looks amazing! I am going to have to try this!
    Beautiful job with your photos as well!! Love your blog.
    xo
    -Lisa

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    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog
    Wednesday February 15th, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    I LOVE chai. I’m totally pinning this and trying it. :)
    Karah

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    Marilyn
    Thursday February 16th, 2012 at 04:24 AM

    Looks SUPER amazing.. I REALLY wish I could inhale the lovely smell.. : )) You are SOO creative…

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    Shirley
    Thursday February 16th, 2012 at 06:11 AM

    Sounds good!

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    Guia
    Thursday February 16th, 2012 at 04:07 PM

    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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    Crystal
    Thursday February 16th, 2012 at 05:35 PM

    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/

    Crystal

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    Rebel Crafter
    Thursday February 16th, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Awesome! Gonna pin this right now :)
    http://www.craftingrebellion.com

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    Christina @ Marriage from Scratch
    Friday February 17th, 2012 at 03:30 AM

    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.

    ~Christina
    http://marriagefromscratch.blogspot.com/2012/02/from-scratch-friday-3.html

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    Maria Matter
    Friday February 17th, 2012 at 07:32 PM

    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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    Deana
    Sunday February 19th, 2012 at 04:17 AM

    You always have the greatest post……Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks…Have a wonderful Sunday:)

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    kim@too much time
    Sunday February 19th, 2012 at 05:59 PM

    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

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    Mary
    Monday February 20th, 2012 at 03:45 AM

    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.

    Mary

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    Pam
    Monday February 20th, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    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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    Kristi
    Monday February 20th, 2012 at 04:47 PM

    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!
    {HUGS},
    kristi
    -your newest linky follower

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    Jennifer
    Monday February 20th, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    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!

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    Jasanna
    Tuesday February 21st, 2012 at 04:56 AM

    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?

    http://munchtalk.blogspot.com

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    Keeping It Indie
    Tuesday February 21st, 2012 at 04:03 PM

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

    – Brandi

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    Marilyn
    Thursday February 23rd, 2012 at 03:17 AM

    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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    Jill
    Friday February 24th, 2012 at 07:56 AM

    That sounds so good and looks delicious!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    Amanda
    Saturday February 25th, 2012 at 09:43 PM

    This sounds absolutely delicious! Love the idea of having this for my crafty days.

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    Amie @ Pinkapotamus
    Sunday February 26th, 2012 at 01:39 PM

    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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      Kiki
      Sunday October 21st, 2012 at 10:08 PM

      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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    Monday February 27th, 2012 at 10:06 PM

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    Janet
    Saturday March 24th, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    OMG, gonna try this one out NOW!!!!

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    Julia
    Sunday April 15th, 2012 at 05:23 PM

    Hello,
    Do you think you could tell me the things you bought in German? Or at least the pods?
    Thank you
    Julia

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    Kiki
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 at 06:36 PM

    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.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday October 26th, 2012 at 07:57 PM

      Hey Kiki!
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ;) I know exactly how you feel. Yummy homemade chai doesn’t last long.. Hehe
      Thanks also for the tip on the spices!
      I hope you’re having a wonderful day!
      XO from Germany!
      Vanessa

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    Catherine
    Sunday November 4th, 2012 at 09:29 PM

    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

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday November 6th, 2012 at 09:49 PM

      The Chai should keep for at least a week if you keep it in the fridge. But I’m sure it won’t last that long, hehe.
      xo! Vanessa

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    Jessica Whitfield
    Tuesday January 1st, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    HEY THERE! ! !

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

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      Jessica Whitfield
      Tuesday January 1st, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Nevermind! Just read the answer to my own question in another’s comment!

      I’m definitely going to try this. I adore chai lattes.

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    Rachelle
    Friday October 25th, 2013 at 02:39 PM

    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?

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday October 26th, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      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

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      KimG
      Sunday November 3rd, 2013 at 02:51 PM

      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!

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    Vandana
    Tuesday December 3rd, 2013 at 05:01 PM

    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.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday December 4th, 2013 at 09:46 PM

      Hey Vandana,
      I really appreciate your comment and suggestion about the recipe! :)
      I will definitely change the wording in my post.
      Have a wonderful week and thank you again for your sweet comment!
      XO’s from Germany to India,
      Vanessa

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    Traci
    Thursday December 19th, 2013 at 04:06 AM

    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.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday January 2nd, 2014 at 09:43 PM

      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,
      Vanessa

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    Lorraine
    Thursday April 3rd, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    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!☺

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday April 6th, 2014 at 07:14 PM

      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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