By Alyssa P
CN buyer, herbalism student, and beverage connoisseur
This heat wave has me craving a beverage that will help me stay both cool and energized. Lately I’ve been turning to a homemade chai concentrate that is refreshing, spicy, and not overly caffeinated. Having a concentrate on hand makes my mornings easy since all you have to do is add a milk of choice and ice. Nothing complicated or heated once it’s prepped and it’s already cold from being kept in the fridge. Plus you can make it as sweet (or not sweet) as you would like! This recipe features assam black tea and chai masala spices from Boston Chai Party, a beloved local and Indian-owned brand whose mission is to empower people to make their own high quality and authentic chai at home. Happy chai making!
Add black tea, ginger slices, and water to a pot on high heat and stir.
When the water starts boiling, turn the heat to low and stir in the chai spices.
Cover and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
Let cool for a few minutes and then strain into a glass container for storage. The mixture will be thick, so it’s helpful to stir as you strain.
If you would like to, add some honey, sugar, or maple syrup for some added sweetness.
Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
When ready to use, pour about 4 oz into a cup and add around 8 oz of milk or a milk alternative- Minor Figures oat milk is my favorite. Add ice and enjoy your homemade iced chai latte!