A recipe for Chai Tea concentrate as well as a recipe for a Dirty Chai Bourbon Cocktail
I’ve been looking around for THE chai tea recipe. But, I’ve come to believe that everyone and their Indian Grandma has their own special recipe. So, I finally decided to just choose one and go with it the best I could. (I found this recipe thanks to my friend Adrienne) My store didn’t have star anise, so I skipped that. Fresh ginger would go bad in my house, so I went with dried. I think you could totally cut back on the sugar in this, but for now, I’ll leave that the way I found it.
This was delish! Fresh and orangey. Fruity and peppy. Spicy and tasty. Yum!
Then, to make it even better, I made it into a Dirty Chai Cocktail. Even better! But, wait, what’s a dirty chai? Well, my not-caffeinated-enough-friends, a Dirty Chai or Red Eye Chai is God’s gift to the chai tea. Ok, maybe that’s a bit much, but it is delish. And, when you can’t decide between your soy chai and a mocha latte, a dirty chai is the clear winner!
It’s a shot of espresso mixed into a chai tea. Now, you could have this as a morning beverage without the bourbon and Kahlua, but where’s the fun in that? (BTW, I’m pretty sure that this is my new favorite cocktail!)
Chai Tea Concentrate
- 4 1/2 cups water
- 10 black tea bags
- 1 cinnamon stick broken in half
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 7 whole cardamom pods
- 10 whole cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Bean Paste
- Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the tea bags, spices and orange zest. Stir to combine, and remove from heat. Let steep 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove tea bags, and strain out the spices with a fine mesh sieve. Add brown sugar, honey and vanilla. Stir well to combine. Store in a jar in the fridge for up to a week (if it lasts that long).
- Mix concentrate with milk of your choice (dairy, soy, almond, etc.) in about a half-half ratio. You may adjust more or less concentrate to your taste. Chai may be enjoyed warm or iced.
Makes 4 cups
Adapted from NPR
Dirty Chai Cocktail
- 1 cup chai concentrate
- 1 cup milk any kind from dairy half & half, skim, soy, to almond or rice
- 1 ½ ounce espresso or strong coffee
- 1 ½ ounce good bourbon like Bookers or Knob Creek
- 1 ½ ounce mocha Kahlua
- Mix chai concentrate with milk. Add in espresso, bourbon, and Kahlua. Enjoy as a warm beverage or shaken with ice.
Makes 1 cocktail
Adapted from Food 52