Chai Tea Concentrate
Makes approximately 1 quart
10 black tea bags
4 1/4 cups of water
1 large cinnamon stick or 2 small
1 t. Fresh or powdered nutmeg
10 black peppercorns or about 1/2 t. ground pepper
1 knob of grated fresh ginger or 1 t. ground
15 cardamom pods - (crush up with the flat side of a knife)
Vanilla bean - split and scraped or 1 T vanilla
4 Star Anise
(All of these spices are customizable. You might have to play around with it if there's certain spices you don't like as well as others)
Sweetener of your choice. I used to make this with 1/2 cup honey, but we aren't using refined sugar right now, so we will sweeten to taste with stevia as we drink it.
Add all the ingredients to a saucepan, except the vanilla and sweetener.
Simmer for 15 minutes. Turn heat off and let cool for 5 minutes, stir in vanilla and add sweetener now if you want to do that.
Strain the liquid into a quart sized jar and store in the refrigerator.
Remember this is a concentrate so the flavors will be strong. We like to serve ours in a 1:1 ratio with almond milk. But, any milk works great. My personal favorite way to drink chai is over ice! I drink it year round.