How to make Chai Tea Concentrate
 
Ingredients
  • 6 cups water
  • ⅓ cup sucanat, or rapadura, or natural sweetener of your choice (like this)
  • 2-3" fresh ginger, sliced
  • 5 cinnamon sticks (like this)
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns (like this)
  • 2 vanilla beans (like this)
  • 3 star anise (like this)
  • 15 cloves (like this)
  • 5 allspice (optional) (like this)
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom seeds (like this)
  • 5 black tea bags
  • Milk of your choice (both dairy and non-dairy milks will work-- my favorite is whole, raw cow milk)
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot, bring the water and sweetener to a boil and simmer until the sweetener is fully dissolved.
  2. Add all of the spices, and continue to simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat, add the tea bags, and let them steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain out the spices and tea bags and store your chai concentrate in the fridge (it will last for several weeks--but I doubt it'll be around that long!)
  5. To serve: Mix the chai concentrate 1:1 with milk. Gently heat in a small saucepan until it reaches the desired temperature. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy. :)
Recipe by The Prairie Homestead at http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/09/homemade-chai-tea-concentrate.html