Chai Concentrate

This recipe makes 8 quarts and takes a while to make BUT it is well worth the time and effort. Give concentrate to your friends or hide it in beer growlers in your garage during the winter months. I won’t judge either way.

Chai Concentrate

  • Servings: 8 quarts
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  • 7.5 ounces black tea leaves
  • 30 grams whole peppercorns
  • 10 grams white peppercorns
  • 50 grams whole cloves
  • 80-90 grams fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 80 cardamom pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 7 cups demerara sugar
  • 200 grams honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Toast the peppercorns, cloves, cardamom pods, and cinnamon sticks.
  2. Bring 8 quarts of water to a boil. Turn off heat. Add black tea and let brew for 4 minutes. Strain tea leaves from liquid.
  3. Add spices and ginger to black tea, return to stove, and simmer for one hour. Strain spices and ginger.
  4. Add sugar, honey, and vanilla. Mix until dissolved.
  5. Cool and bottle.
  6. Serve 1:1 chai concentrate and milk of choice


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