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Quick Facts

Servings: 5
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.
Total: 35 min.
Kris Mullen
Nothing warms you up like a cup of this fragrant Indian beverage. You can also add it to baked goods to make chai spiced cookies, cakes, or even pie.


  • 5 cups water
  • 10 bags of black tea (try a mixture of orange pekoe and English breakfast)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 vanilla bean, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 9 cardamon pods
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 8 corriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 Tbs orange zest
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, sliced into discs
  • 1 Tbs honey (optional)


  • In a large pot, bring water to a rapid boil. Add tea bags, spices, orange zest, and ginger. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in honey and let stand 10 minutes.
  • Line a sieve with cheesecloth and strain concentrate. Discard spices.
  • Store concentrate in a sealable container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  • To make chai tea, combine 1/3 cup of concentrate with warm milk (or soy/nut milk).
  • Concentrate can also be mixed in with a number of recipes. Try mixing it with cookie batter for chai spiced cookies or mix with seltzer water for a chai soda!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 144
  Calories from Fat 7 (5%)
(2%)Total Fat 1g
(1%)Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(0%)Cholesterol 0mg
(1%)Sodium 35mg
(10%)Potassium 367mg
Total Carbohydrate 37g
(21%)Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 25g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(2%)Protein 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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