Homemade Chai Tea
This recipe is PERFECT for the cool Fall weather that is (unfortunately) quickly approaching us! Not only is Chai Tea one of my favorites, but while I made this, the aroma that filled the kitchen was amazing, it smelled like Fall! Its WARM, SPICY smell & yummy taste will invite the cold mornings and make them a tad easier to welcome! Try this simple recipe and have fun, let me know how your tea turns out!
- 12 Cardamom pods
- 8 whole black peppercorns
- 8 whole cloves
- 1-inch grated piece of fresh ginger or 1 drop Ginger doTERRA essential oil
- 4 cups of water
- 4 Ceylon cinnamon sticks or 1 drop Cinnamon Bark doTERRA essential oil
- 3 whole all-spice (optional)
- 2 tbsp. raw local honey
- 2 star anise or Fennel doTERRA essential oil
- 1 vanilla bean, sliced down the middle
- 1/8 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
- 2 tbsp. black tea leaves (loose or bags)
- Combine all ingredients EXCEPT black tea, water, honey and doTERRA essential oil (if you are choosing that option)! Combine in a mortar pestle bowl and crush/grind with pestle until everything is semi-mixed together. If you don’t own a mortar bowl you can just crush the ingredients on a hard surface with the back of a spoon. Choosing to break everything up will help it would add more flavor to the tea as it brews!
- Put the crushed ingredients with water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, cover, simmer for 15 minutes! You’ll end up with a little less than 4 cups of Chai Tea Concentrate because of evaporation. Try to keep the lid on during this step to minimize evaporation.
- Strain out spices and pour liquid into another saucepan. In this saucepan add black tea leaves/bags to the mixture and let steep for 5 minutes. Strain mixture one last time (or squeeze tea bags dry)
- Stir in HONEY, and doTERRA essential oils (if you choose that option), let cool and pour in a mason jar or another glass bottle that will seal tight and hold warm liquid (please do not use plastic especially with essential oils and warm liquids).
- Refrigerate for up to 1 week, if it even lasts that long 😉
- We choose to prepare it two ways so far; First we steamed it with equal parts Chai Tea concentrate and our Homemade Almond Milk. Second, was an iced Chai Tea which was equal parts chilled concentrate and our Homemade Almond Milk. I’m sure it would taste just as refreshing any other way!! Please share your ideas below!
- If you don’t have all the ingredients this recipe calls for feel free to supplement with an essential oils! Fennel could replace the star anise, Ginger in place of the fresh grated & Cinnamon Bark essential oil could replace the cinnamon sticks, even Clove essential oil could be used!! On Guard essential oil would be amazing and have all the add immune boosting benefits for the upcoming cold and flu season! Feel free to get creative 🙂
Mix equal parts of the Chai Tea Concentrate with homemade almond milk or water to make a warm or cool refreshing beverage! Leave a comment below! Share this post with your friends, they’ll be happy you did! I hope this recipe brings you as much happiness as it has to me 🙂