The Most Delicious Chai Concentrate

Make Your Own:

Homemade chai can be a daunting recipe to tackle, with a plethora of exotic spices to mix and match to spicy perfection.

But! This homemade chai concentrate is so effortless, you can make a new batch every week for yourself and for gifting. It's also easy to mix things up each time with different spices while staying true to the flavor profile of authentic chai.

Here's how I do it.


1 (14 ounce) can sweetened      condensed milk 1 teaspoon ground cardamom 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground star anise      (optional)


Pour sweetened condensed milk into a mixing cup. Add in all the spices. Stir well and decant into clean jars. Done!

The chai concentrate should keep for several months in the refrigerator, but it won’t last that long anyway!

This recipe makes two half-pint jars, which are enough for several mugs of chai (depending on how sweet or strong you like your chai).

To make your hot tea, simply stir a couple spoonfuls of your homemade chai concentrate into a cup of strong brewed black tea, such as Assam, English Breakfast, or Earl Grey. It’s also delicious with Darjeeling (a lighter black tea usually blended with green or oolong tea) or rooibos (a red tea from Africa).

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