5 cups water
10 bags of black tea (I used a mixture of orange pekoe and English breakfast)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean, sliced in half
½ cup brown sugar
12 whole cloves
9 cardamon pods
½ Tsp freshly ground nutmeg
2 star anise pods
½ Tsp black peppercorns
8 corriander seeds
½ Tsp ground allspice
1 Tbsp orange zest
1 inch piece of ginger, sliced into discs
1 Tbsp. honey (optional)
In a large pot, bring water to a rapid boil. Add tea bags, spices, orange zest and ginger. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from heat, stir in honey and let stand 10 minutes.
Line a sieve with cheesecloth and strain concentrate. Discard spices.
Store concentrate in a sealable container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
To make Chai tea combine 1/3 cup of concentrate with warm milk(or soy/nut milk).
Concentrate can also be mixed in with a number of recipes. Try mixing it with cookie batter for chai spiced cookies or mix with seltzer water for a chai soda!