Chai Tea Concentrate

chai tea concentrate in a mason jar with holiday decorations

One of my favorite things to do with my sister when we're together is get a chai latte and walk around shopping at our outdoor mall when the weather is brisk. We bundle up and warm our bodies with the comforting spices of chai tea and reminisce about the memories it conjures up. We've always called it “Christmas in a cup,” because no matter what time of the year it is, you can open the lid and the smells of the holiday season waft up in the air.

I see chai tea concentrate pop up on Pinterest from time to time and have made my own version to enjoy in the comfort of my home, but this year I wanted to spread the joy and give “Christmas In a Cup” to all of my family and loved ones. You better believe a jar of this will be traveling all the way to Denver seester! Miss you and can't wait to stroll the streets with a cup in hand next time we're together.


Paleo Chai Tea Latte

Spread the cheer!

Chai Tea Concentrate (Refined Sugar Free) - from Against All Grain


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Chai Tea Concentrate


SERVES: 80 oz

Cuisine: American

Category: Drinks

PREP TIME: 15 mins

COOK TIME: 55 mins TOTAL TIME: 70 mins


  • 10 cups filtered water
  • 18 bags black tea (preferably darjeeling)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 star anise
  • 3 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 2 vanilla beans, split
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons whole cardamom pods, smashed with the butt of a knife
  • 1½ teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1 cup honey
  • ¼ teaspoon lime juice


  1. Bring the water and tea bags to a boil in a large pot. Reduce heat to a simmer and add everything except the lime juice and honey.
  2. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove the tea bags and continue simmering with the spices for an additional 20 minutes.
  3. Strain the tea into a large bowl and discard the spices. Stir in the honey and lime juice while the tea is still hot.
  4. Fill sterilized jars leaving a ¼ inch of head-space. Seal the jars and process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes. Remove with tongs and let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. Lightly press the center of the lid with your finger. If it sealed properly, the lid will not flex up or down (or pop).
  5. This concentrate will last in the fridge for 2 weeks or at room temperature for 3 days.

To serve

Mix 1 part concentrate with 2 parts milk (I like using half coconut and half almond) and heat or serve over ice.


Keywords: gluten free, dairy free, nut free, paleo, scd, egg free, dessert, breakfast, drinks, holiday, winter, fall, starbucks