Learn how to make an authentic chai concentrate that you can use in cold beverages!
This isn't your local coffee shop's version of a "chai tea latte." This chai concentrate is rich, robust, and packed with flavor. It may take a little more elbow grease than purchasing a pre-packaged chai concentrate from your local grocery store, but the heavenly aroma you experience while preparing this home-made version is reason enough to give it a try!
1 c water
2 cardamom pods
8 whole peppercorns
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 tsp freshly crushed ginger
1 tbsp condensed milk (or to taste)
1 tea bag
Begin by boiling your water
While its heating up, crush your cardamom pods, cloves, peppercorns, and cinnamon stick in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle
Add this spice blend to your water along with your fresh ginger and let the mixture boil for a few minutes before adding in your tea. (Otherwise boiling your tea for too long will make the concentrate bitter)
Break open your tea bag and pour into the water and let it boil for another 2 minutes.
Remove your mixture from heat, and strain it with a sieve
Mix your concentrate with condensed milk until the condensed milk is completely dissolved. Note: I was left with 1/4 c of concentrate after I finished boiling my mixture.
Pour this mixture over ice, add your favorite milk, and serve! I like using soy vanilla milk.