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Chai Concentrate

Make your own chai concentrate at home with fresh herbs and spices for more flavor than you've ever experienced!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Total Cost: $2.73 recipe / $1.00 serving
Servings: 4 1 cup concentrate + 1 cup milk
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes


  • 4 bags black tea $0.51
  • 4 small sticks cinnamon $1.50
  • 1 inch fresh ginger $0.11
  • 10 whole cloves $0.39
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla $0.14
  • 1/2 cup sugar $0.08


  • Place four cups of water in a medium pot. Add the cinnamon sticks, tea bags, whole cloves and ginger (peel and slice the fresh ginger).
  • Bring the pot up to a boil, place a lid on top, reduce the heat and simmer for five minutes to make sure it is brewed strong.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and carefully strain out the tea bags and spices (Place a colander over a bowl and pour it in). Using whole spices not only adds more flavor but makes straining them out much much easier.
  • While the spiced tea is still hot, stir in the sugar and vanilla. Store the chai concentrate in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.
  • To make a drink, combine one part chai concentrate with one part milk. Heat and serve!


To use cardamom pods, slighty crush 4-5 and add to the pot with the rest of the spices