Convenient (and relatively inexpensive) way to have chai 'lattes' at home. The cardamom can be a bit expensive; try looking in the bulk section of a health food store. If you need to buy a jar of it, don't worry - it will make several batches!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 quart
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan; add cloves and boil for 1 minute. Add cinnamon sticks, ginger, cardamom pods, peppercorns, and tea. Allow tea to steep for 6 minutes; strain into a container. Stir brown sugar and vanilla extract into tea and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

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Cook's Note:

To serve: Mix about 2 parts concentrate with 1 part milk (almond milk works really well). Drink hot or over ice. Concentrate will stay good in the refrigerator for about 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

58 calories; protein 0.6g 1% DV; carbohydrates 13.7g 4% DV; fat 0.2g; cholesterolmg; sodium 12.6mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2015
This is a very nice mix of flavours. It's nice hot or cold or as instructed reheated. I prefer things less sweet so next time I'll cut down on the sugar a bit but this is definitely a keeper recipe. Thank you ave's4cooking for this recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2019
I know that I like my chai strong and spicy so I did simmer the spices for a few extra minutes and then added the tea leaves. I used loose leaf tea so wasn t sure how much to add (I added too much. Lol). It s got a nice flavor to it but not as spicy as I d like it. I will try simmering the spices a lot longer next time. But this is a pretty good base recipe. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2015
This is a very nice mix of flavours. It's nice hot or cold or as instructed reheated. I prefer things less sweet so next time I'll cut down on the sugar a bit but this is definitely a keeper recipe. Thank you ave's4cooking for this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2016
Very good convenient chai. I made this pretty much as the recipe stated only I didn't have fresh ginger only a frozen root that I microplane for cooking. It was too hard to cut into slices so I added a little dried ginger powder instead. I should have grated the frozen ginger into the tea but hindsight is 2020. I like my chai sweet so I added a splash of honey with the sugar. I also added 1 or 2 more cardamom pods because that's usually my favorite part of the traditional chai spices. I also added a small piece of star anise -- it wasn't even a whole piece more like a segment -- other recipes have star anise listed and I had it in my spice cupboard. I used twinings english breakfast tea bags which are pretty robust. I made it the night before strained it in a heat-proof glass dish to chill overnight and then the next day I reheated in a big glass measuring cup before pouring into a thermos. I used 1 1/2 cups of the concentrate and about a 1/2 cup of Silk almondmilk. Flavorwise I was really pleased with the outcome. It definitely isn't weak especially with the 10 strong teabags. I was very afraid it was going to be too clove-y or peppery but I was pleasantly surprised at how it was just enough to clear the nose in a good way. I wouldn't mind a little more cinnamon so perhaps I'll add an extra stick next time. I wish I knew the caffeine content because I am definitely feeling a jolt. 10 tea bags remember? Thank you for the recipe. It was so convenient Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/03/2015
This tasted great and comparable to the store bought concentrates and was fun to make. I had to go to a natural food store to buy ginger and whole cardamom pods, and cloves. I would make this again! I served this cold and also sometimes with espresso ice cubes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2018
I added turmeric root 15 slices to help with inflammation Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2017
Perfect combination of spices. Great flavor without the bite of other chai. I don't like too spicy chai. This was just right. It is good made exactly as written though it may be a little too much on the sweet side for some. That would be the only thing I may reduce though adding some milk makes it perfect. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/09/2019
I love the combination of spices here! I prefer mine MUCH more spicy so I probably doubled or tripled the recipe here for the same amount of servings. Also used less vanilla and sugar. Perfection! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2019
Can you freeze this recipe? Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2019
I know that I like my chai strong and spicy so I did simmer the spices for a few extra minutes and then added the tea leaves. I used loose leaf tea so wasn t sure how much to add (I added too much. Lol). It s got a nice flavor to it but not as spicy as I d like it. I will try simmering the spices a lot longer next time. But this is a pretty good base recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2019
Yummy! Great recipe I followed a reviewers advice and added turmeric (I only have powder on hand) since my back is killing me right now. I also added some vanilla bean to the mixture instead of extract. And used one table spoon of sugar in the raw instead of brown sugar. I also used vanilla creamer. Read More