10 January 2011

chai tea concentrate

One of the gifts I made this year was homemade chai tea concentrate.  The recipe is from here and I found it a long time ago at Angry Chicken and have been waiting to use it ever since.  I patted myself on the back for compulsively saving glass jars, cleaned them out and got started.  These jars formerly held peanut butter, sauces, granola and jam.

Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate
Makes one jar and each jar has about 10-12 servings.
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix all of the ingredients together in a jar.  Given the slow-going of pouring out the sweetened condensed milk, I strongly suggest that you spool up a movie or at least have some music playing while you are doing this.  That is, if you are making these mixes in mass quantity as I did.  We paired this with my sister's delicious honey pistachio biscotti and a few bags of black tea.

Directions for Use
Add two heaping teaspoons to a strong cup of black tea, such as Assam, or more to taste.  Stir well and enjoy.  Refrigerate concentrate for up to six months.

So good and creamy and sweet-- if you'd like a less sweet cup of chai, just use less concentrate.  I'm still avoiding added sugar and dairy for at least a few more days, but you better believe that I'll be drinking some of this next week.

PS- One of my posts has been featured on Whole Living's homepage since last Wednesday because people love a green, slimy-looking smoothie.  Little do they know I'm dreaming about delectably indulgent chai tea.


  1. Thank you for posting this recipe! I love my chai tea!!

  2. Ditto to Susan’s comment, it makes a very delicious cup of chia tea!

  3. I absolutely LOVE mine! I put 2 teaspoons in my coffee for a Chai Coffee. So good! Thank you. <3


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