Skip the store-bought version and make your own homemade chai concentrate with of cinnamon, star anise & black pepper that’s not too sweet.
5 cups water
1/2 cup coconut sugar
8 black tea bags, remove tags and tie bags in a bundle
4 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
10 cardamom pods
5 black peppercorns
5 whole allspice
1–2” piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil over high heat. Add the tea bags, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, cardamom pods, peppercorns, allspice and ginger. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl and discard the spices. Stir in the honey and vanilla extract.
Let the chai concentrate cool to room temperature before transferring to a jar and storing in the refrigerator.
Combine 1 part chai concentrate and 1 part milk. Heat the mixture or serve with ice.