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Homemade Chai Concentrate

Homemade Chai Concentrate

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Total Time: 25-30 minutes + cooling time
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


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
  • 8 cloves
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 5 whole allspice
  • 12” piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. 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.
  2. Let the chai concentrate cool to room temperature before transferring to a jar and storing in the refrigerator.
  3. Combine 1 part chai concentrate and 1 part milk. Heat the mixture or serve with ice.