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Chai Concentrate

Chai Concentrate

Did you know chai means “tea,” thus asking for a chai tea is redundant? Well, now you do.

We love chai in our house but so often, it is a sugar bomb. I love this concentrate for the complex spice flavors and the gentle sweetness, though if you like a sweeter chai, just add more of your sweetener. Combine this concentrate with your favorite non-dairy milk, hot or over ice, and you won’t regret. Just don’t forget to take a big inhalation of all those wonderful aromatics. Mmm…

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Chai Concentrate

10 green cardamom pods
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
6 whole cloves
10 black peppercorns
2-inch minced fresh ginger
1 nutmeg
10 bags black or rooisbos tea
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
(or 2 vanilla beans, split down the middle)
6 cups water
cup vegan sweetener
(I used maple syrup) or more if you like it sweeter

Crush together the cardamom, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, peppercorns, ginger and nutmeg in a mortar and pestle, spice grinder or food processor. It doesn’t need to be finely crushed, just broken up enough to release the natural oils and flavors in the tea.

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. In a large tea ball, combine the above spices as well as the vanilla if using the whole pods. (If using extract, do not add yet.) If you don’t have a tea ball, no worries: just add to the boiling water loose. Add the tea bags to the tea ball with the spices, add to the boiling water, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the tea infuser ball or strain out the solids, add your sweetener and vanilla extract, whisk to combine, allow to cool, and store in a airtight jar for up to a week. Add your favorite non-dairy milk for hot or iced chai.

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