If it’s winter.
But it’s not.
So I decided to whip up a small batch to sip on iced so I could enjoy the cool, refreshing, spiciness of it. I have a habit of thinking of it in the evening for some reason which is super handy if you are wanting it cold. So I actually made the concentrate a few days ago and it has been sitting in the fridge waiting for me to both want to drink it and want to photograph it.
In my opinion this recipe tastes just like the Oregon Chai Tea concentrate, which is the one they sell at Costco in the purple and yellow box and the same one my uncle uses at his coffee shop.
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 cinnamon sticks
1 star anise
14 whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger
3 black peppercorns
2 tablespoons black tea
1/4 cup honey (a little less if you prefer it not so sweet)
Bring the water to a boil and add the spices. Once boiling remove from heat and allow to steep about 10 minutes. Then add the tea and allow to steep another 10 minutes.
Add the honey and stir until it is dissolved.
Next strain the solids out by pouring the mixture through a mesh sieve.
At this point you can put it in a storage container and put it in the fridge until you want some or you can go ahead and add some milk.
To serve fill mug or glass (depending on if you want it hot or cold) halfway with the chai and the rest of the way with milk. If you are having it hot, you can reheat it on the stove or in the microwave or if you have a frother then you can steam it until hot and foamy. If you are having it cold, add some ice and enjoy!