Homemade Chai Latte

During pregnancy I had very few extreme cravings. In fact, I can say that I had two and these cravings have stuck with me for some time: chai lattes and croissants. It started with a trip to a local coffee shop but I quickly realized that this would get to be an expensive habit. Also, the chai flavor varied from coffee shop to coffee shop. I was ready to tackle making my own that was slightly sweet, a bit spicy, and full of flavor. That’s exactly what’s below. I’ve cut the sweetener quite a bit from the recipe I adapted this from and I think even reducing it a bit more is doable. And, as I note, if you’re not a fan of spice, reduce the amount of black pepper used. I should also mention, this is not authentic chai but rather a replica of what I can get at local shops. If you’re looking for an authentic version, try this one or this one.

Homemade Chai Latte
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Serves: 10 to 12 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 heaping tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 6 black peppercorns (see note)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup black tea
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Add water to a medium pot along with the maple syrup and ginger. In a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, break apart/pulse spices into pieces (do not grind into powder). Add to the pot. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. Add in the black tea, turn off heat, and steep for 3 minutes.
  2. Using a fine sieve or cheese cloth, strain out the spices and tea. Store chai concentrate in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  3. To make lattes, heat roughly 6 ounces of milk with 8 ounces of concentrate.
Notes
I like my chai concentrates a bit on the spicier side. To make a bit more mellow, reduce the amount of black pepper you use. It may take some trial and error to find the right amount.
If you are making lattes quite a bit, I recommend a milk frother.
Adapted from this version.

 

Homemade Chai Concentrate