On dreary winter days I love to have a batch of this homemade chai tea concentrate simmering on the stove. As the spicy sweet-scent swirls through the air, everything seems warmer and brighter. It makes one of the best homemade Christmas gifts ever, too! I usually make at least a double batch because I go through it so quickly!
Spiced Chai Concentrate
4 1/2 cups water
1 stick fair trade cinnamon
1 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
7 whole cardamom pods
2 whole star anise pods
10 whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
10 bags of fair trade black tea
1/2 cup raw local honey
1 tablespoon fair trade vanilla
While your water is boiling, measure out and prep your spices. Break the cinnamon sticks and crush the cardamom and anise pods a bit in order to release more flavor.
When the water boils, turn of the burner, add tea bags, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, anise, cloves, pepper, and nutmeg. Quickly cover and set on the back of the stove to steep for 30-60 minutes.
Strain the spice-infused tea through a fine wire mesh or cheesecloth. Add honey and vanilla, stir well, and funnel into a tightly-sealing jar.
Store in the refrigerator. To use, mix half chai concentrate, half milk. I use plain, unsweetened coconut milk.