Homemade Chai Tea (Hot, Iced, and Concentrate)

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As you are reading this post today, I am happy to be snuggled up with a warm blanket at a blogging retreat in Park City, Utah.  There is snow falling outside our door, good blogging friends are near, and I am happy to be nestling in for some much needed R&R.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like fall has gotten off to a busy start.  Busy, busy, busy.  Always a little more busy than I’d like.  Always trying to work on that.  I embarrassingly didn’t even realize that the leaves were changing in Kansas City until I saw it on Instagram!!

Still, the transition into fall is one of my absolute favorite times of the year, and I have been trying to take small moments during the day to pause and soak it up.  I’ve learned that one of the small habits that seems to always help with this is to cozy up with a warm drink first thing in the morning or at the end of the day.  There’s something about holding a steaming hot mug and then taking slow, thoughtful sips that is the essence of comfort and calm.

So today, I thought I would share with you a recipe for one of my favorite comfort drinks — homemade chai tea.

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I first learned to love chai back in the day at — you guessed it — Starbucks.  I instantly got hooked on the drink and all of those delicious spices, and began stopping by to order an iced chai almost every day for work.  Then the $4 daily expense got a little ridiculous.  So I learned to buy Tazo chai concentrate at the grocery store.  Then (bonus!) I learned that it was sold even cheaper at Costco!

But after years of buying those mega 3-packs of concentrate, I began to get tired of the uber-sweetness of that brand of chai.  I loved the spices, but the sugar was too much.  So I finally learned how to make homemade chai.

And friends — it is so easy!!!

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My version is all based around making a chai concentrate so that you can refrigerate it and keep it around for multiple batches.  All you need are a handful of spices and seasonings and about 20 minutes, and then you’ll have plenty of concentrate ready to make as much hot chai or iced chai as you’d like.

But the best part is that you can totally tweak the recipe according to your taste.  If you really love the sweetness of the chai you get at Starbucks, by all means, add in more sugar and/or honey.  If you like yours really peppery, add in more peppercorns.  If you like yours really strong or really weak, that’s the joy of concentrate — you can control exactly how much flavor you get.  Bottom line, everyone has their own preferences with chai, so with a homemade recipe you can make it your own!

With the holidays coming up, I’ll also add in that this is a perfect comfort food gift to jar up and give to your chai-loving friends.

Hope you enjoy!

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Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 0 About 4 cups concentrate 1x

Description

Make homemade chai tea with this delicious and simple chai tea concentrate recipe.


Ingredients

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  • 12 cardamom pods, gently crushed
  • 8 whole black peppercorns
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 4-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole allspice (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 vanilla bean, sliced down the middle
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 4 black tea bags

Instructions

  1. Bring all ingredients except tea bags together to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Add tea bags and let steep for 5 minutes. Pour mixture through a strainer and reserve the liquid for concentrate, and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Mix equal parts concentrate with water or milk to make chai tea. Or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to one week.

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To Make Hot Chai Tea:

Combine 1 part chai tea concentrate with 1 part water or milk (cow’s milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc.), and stir to combine.  Heat in a saucepan over medium heat until simmering, stirring occasionally.  Or heat in the microwave until simmering.

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To Make Iced Chai Tea:

1 part water or milk (cow’s milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc.), and stir to combine.  Serve over ice.

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183 comments on “Homemade Chai Tea (Hot, Iced, and Concentrate)”

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  3. If I was trying to replicate starbucks version, how much brown sugar do you think I should add? Also should I include whole allspice?

  4. It’s just called chai not chai tea. Chai means tea in hindi and urdu (indian languages) so saying chai tea would be equal to saying tea tea.

    • On the other hand, in English it specifically means a kind of sweetened tea with milk.

      Languages are fun like that.

    • This is reply to “A Friendly Person”. What you described as a ‘sweetened tea with milk’ is actually not Chai / Chai Tea because not all Chai/Chai Teas are served with milk OR sweetened. You are probably thinking of “Latte” (I.e. Chai Latte). Latte does mean made with milk as the word Latte is from the French word “lait” = milk (English). I will finish with the guess that your experience with most things “latte” are prob sweetened but that is typical in the US where we over sugar everything which is opposite most countries where milk is sweet enough.

  5. 5 stars
    I made this with mostly ground spices. I only had whole cloves and green cardamom. Skipped the star anise because I didn’t have it in the house. I even used refrigerated ginger paste. It turned out incredible. The flavor profile is fantastic. Just try it and adjust to your liking. It was easy and absolutely worth the effort. This made a little over two cups of concentrate for me after I strained it.

  6. I love chai and I recently quit coffee… and chai tea bags are not dense enough for me. I’m gonna make this without any brown sugar… and add monkfruit sweetener per cup. Thanks for sharing this… I’m so excited to try it!

  7. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I’ve found that soaking the spices for several hours or overnight really pulled out all the
    constituents and made it much more flavorful. I also added lemon zest which helped bring a nice fresh flavor into the concentrate. Yum

    • @Rich, considering there is so much cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods for just 4 cups, I was trying to figure out a way to make the flavor more concentrated. Did you just cover the spices in a few inches of water and let it sit overnight?

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  10. 5 stars
    So happy with this!!

  11. Can the spices be used more than once? I LOVE chai, but have never made my own, and I really need to!

  12. Yes, this is amazing and thank you oh so very much for this recipe. I was not feeling well and chai always makes me feel better but I too hate the price and sweetness of the commercial brands. Also I do love a full array of spices and love how I can adjust. this blend is so good. I added more cardamom, pepper and star anise. I drank 2 cups on the spot standing in the kitchen. and another I made in to a stowaway cocktail.

  13. My only Starbucks drink was a soya chai latte and when I saw how easy it was to make, I was enthusiastic. Bought ingredients and I off I went. I love the smell it gives throughout the house.

  14. This chai is lightly sweet and delicately spicy. I will make it again.

  15. Hi I’m Diane!

    I haven’t made it yet because I’ve noticed that there’s no chai seeds! Help me to understand because I really want to make it!

    • Hi Diane! I think you’re confusing chia seeds with chai. Chai is the Hindi name for tea. ( “Chai tea” is a redundant name). Traditionally it is made from black tea, milk and a sweetener. Spices blends like the ones used in this recipe, or ginger root or mint can also be added. There are many variations of the amount and type of spices used, but none use chia seeds. I prefer to blend the ground spices and store it in jar. It keeps a long time and I add it to taste when I make chai. I like Tazo’s version and have been on a mission to replicate the spices. Trying this one next!

  16. I have to add a comment. The recipe is wonderful thus the 5 stars. But the way it appears on a search for “homemade chai tea” makes it look like you are simply buying the concentrate and adding to it; not a recipe for the concentrate. Great recipe.

  17. It’s not “chai tea.” It’s just chai. Saying chai tea is redundant.

  18. Can I substitute loose tea leaves for the bags, if so, how much?

    • You could add a teaspoon of loose leaf , that is about what is equivalent to a tea bag :)

  19. Thank you for this. Came out fantastic.

  20. Hi Ali-

    It’s many years later since you posted this recipe. And it’s a cool spring day in Park City. Yours is the first recipe that is perfect for me! And how fun we are both in Park City.

  21. Thank you so much for publishing this recipe, my daughter loves Chai tea. Our local Costco had stopped selling the concentrate. The recipe was perfect, very easy to make.

    Ashley

  22. Hi Ali, would you (or one of your readers) please replicate a recipe for a Pumpkin Spice CHAI Latte [hot and cold] pretty please? Perhaps you already have…if so, please reroute me in that direction. I also want to add I truly appreciate the tip TEJAL shared for storing the seasonings in a jar to have at the ready.
    Ali, I share the same palate as you. THANK YOU for sharing your comforts of the seasons. With Fall upon us again, I’ll be ready for sure.
    Blessings 🙏

  23. Thanks for the recipe! This is my second time doing it and i’m getting better at it, tastes great :)

  24. I love it made this recipe at least 5 times, iced and hot, it’s just the best! Love the health benefits of it too.

  25. This recipe is the best masala chai recipe I’ve ever tried. I alter it a bit because I adore strong spices. I throw each spice into my mortar and give em a rough crush. When making the final tea I used 3/4 tea and 1/4 milk (I like it strong!!). With the extra spiciness it benefits from an extra tbsp of brown sugar, too. I’ve made this 4 times in the past month and find myself needing to re-up my spices!

  26. I make this everyday and I’m telling you it’s better than any chai I’ve ever bought from a tea shop or prepackaged.

  27. Just wondering if you would use a grade A or a grade B vanilla bean?

  28. I made this recipe as everyone stated by doubling the amounts. I substituted loose leaf tea. I made one batch of spices and tea, boiled for 15 min, then only added 4 cups of water and made another with the same ingredients, combined the two batches for the concentrated, store it in the fridge. Stir and pour one cup of tea concentrate to one cup almond milk add brown sugar to taste and heat on low. It made the perfect Chai Latte.

  29. I changed the recipe. I used two cap fulls pure vanilla extract(the real stuff). I used ground all spice and cinnamon. Also I added dried orange peel spice. I brewed luzianne iced tea bags (4 family size). To me it came out delicious. It knocked the spice down a lot from the taxi chai tea I’m used to.

  30. Bless you. Such an awesome recipe!

  31. I’ve tried making this recipe, and mixing it 1:1 with milk makes the latte too watery for me, but adding more milk I lose the flavor. Any tips for how to make this less water and more milk, without losing a strong spice flavor?

  32. In these cold Canada COVID days we visit our family and friends at a distance in our back yard around a fire pit with blankets and hot drinks. Hence, I have been trying out various hot beverages (boozy and not) and many chai recipes. After many excellent versions your recipe is the favourite and I love that I can easily prepare the concentrate well in advance and offer dairy and non-dairy without any extra work. We ramp up the quantity of spice (yummy) and use a mix of coconut and cashew milk. I also make a second batch of concentrate by simply adding about a 1/4 scaled new spices to the used spice mixture and letting the second batch simmer longer (about 1/2hr). Thanks.

  33. This look amazing :D I love chai tea.

  34. Thanks for the great recipe! Such lovely flavors and the spiciness from the ginger is great. I personally love a really spicy Chai so I may up the ginger and cinnamon in the feature, but it’s already quite good as is.

  35. I would like to make this recipe but the 5 star anise is not readily available. How important is it to make it?

    • I have made it with and without star anise because my sister simply hates anything with any kind of anise flavor and both came out fantastic. It’s a loose recipe I think, like everything with spices, you can omit one, double another, to your taste.

    • i personally have forgotten the star anise and didn’t notice much difference. however you should be able to find it at your local asian market.

  36. Finally a real recipe with real ingredients! If I was going to read one more ad-based “recipe” that had “Brand Whatever Chai concentrate” in the ingredients list, I may literally have busted.
    Thanks for doing it from scratch and keeping it real.

  37. It is the best I tried it and it is amazing. It is like I am in love with the chai tea. I love it so much.

  38. So easy and SO good! Thanks for the recipe!

  39. Thank you for this I love it.

  40. I’ve made this recipe several times now. I like the spice taste and not too sweet. When I buy store bought like Tazo or Oregon it does not satisfy anymore. I make 3 batches at a time and boils for 20 minutes. I do agree leaving it overnight after it is done makes it stronger tea. Highly recommend.

  41. I have been on a search for the best chai tea with no avail! Came across this concentrate and bingo! Taste exactly like Starbucks! I change a few things! I used decaf black tea, almond milk instead of whole milk, coconut sugar instead of brown sugar and I added agave (1 tbs) when I mixed milk with chai concentrate!

  42. AMAZING! Better than Starbucks. Better than boxed Tazo concentrate. Please make this, you will not regret it.

  43. Soooo good with oat milk! I leave out the anise & vanilla, add a dash of cayenne (we like it spicy), and use monkfruit to sweeten. Perfection! And healthy too!