Chai Tea Concentrate

Chai Tea Concentrate
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Today is a celebration. It’s Natalie’s birthday! So we did what we do best—we spent the day in our kitchen “working” and feasting on the fruits of our labor. We hope you will see and taste these for yourselves next week, when we bring you our version of football food. But before we amaze you with our super bowl sliders and beer-cheese soup, we give you this: Chai Tea Concentrate.


...we drink it warm, perfectly sweet and spicy with just enough buzz to get us through our day.

Chai Tea Concentrate

We find ourselves wanting something warm and cozy on these cold, crisp mornings. So we drink it warm, perfectly sweet and spicy with just enough buzz to get us through our day. We also enjoy it chilled, over ice, while sitting at our dining room tables, soaking in the warm, rays on these sunny, winter afternoons.

Chai Tea Concentrate

This chai tea concentrate is the perfect antidote for the northwest this time of year. Serve hot: it is a powerful soul warmer that will snug you up from head to toe. Serve cold: it will remind you there are warmer days ahead, which will be among us quicker than we might imagine. Just enough time to perfect this recipe. Adjust the spices or sweetness with every batch you make. We are certain you will have it down pat just in time for summer!

Chai Tea Concentrate

Chai Tea Concentrate

Serves 12

Ingredients

6 cups water
12 back tea bags
1 cinnamon stick
1 thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1 tbsp orange zest
10 whole cardamom pods or 60 cardamom seeds
3 whole star anise pods
20 whole cloves
20 whole black peppercorns
1 tbsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 cup brown sugar, adjust to taste
1 vanilla bean, or 2 tbsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add tea bags, spices and vanilla bean (if using extract, hold off until the end to add it.) Remove from heat and let steep 15-20 minutes, longer, depending on how strong you want it.
  3. Strain and add the brown sugar and vanilla extract if using. Stir to combine.
  4. Mix ½ cup concentrate with ½ cup any type of milk. Heat on stovetop or microwave. Keep refrigerated. Enjoy for up to 2 weeks.