It’s mid-September now, and the first day of fall is only three short days away, so we’ve decided to share a cozy transitional beverage recipe with you that can be prepared both hot or cold with milk, depending on the weather.
Spiced chai concentrate is worth the effort to make at home. And although it’s not overly time consuming to prepare, the best results come from an investment in whole spices and fresh ingredients that infuse their rich and aromatic flavors for a chai taste that’s more fresh and delicious than anything that could be purchased from the store.
- 4½ cups water
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 1 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped
- 7 whole cardamom pods
- 2 whole star anise pods
- 10 whole cloves
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 10 bags of black tea
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Measure out the spices, slice the ginger, zest the orange, ready the tea bags and set it all aside. Bring the water to a boil, and remove from heat. Add the spices and the tea bags, and allow the mixture to steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain the mixture into a 4-cup glass measuring cup or large bowl, discarding the spices. Add the sugar, honey and the vanilla, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the mixture into a jar and store in the refrigerator.
- To serve, mix 1 part concentrate with 1 part milk. Heat for a warm beverage, or pour over ice to enjoy cold.
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