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Making your own flavored drink syrups at home is incredibly easy.

I’ve done this several times before – with ginger, lavender, and other flavors – but I recently discovered my favorite homemade syrup of all: A spicy, zesty chai tea blend that can be used to make your own chai tea lattes at home.

This is essentially a chai-spiced simple syrup. The spices I used are:

  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Black peppercorns
  • Cardamom
  • Cloves
  • Star anise
  • Nutmeg

Spices to make Chai Tea Concentrate.

Makes a Great (And Inexpensive) Gift

Do you plan on giving homemade gifts this year for Christmas? Consider making a batch of this syrup. It’s a bit more creative than traditional food gifts like fudge and spiced nuts.

To make it gift-worthy, put it in a pretty container, add ribbon and a label, and you have a great holiday-appropriate gift that costs about $2.00 to make.

Money-saving tip: Buy spices in the bulk food section instead of buying entire jars.

Making chai simple syrup on the stovetop. Click through for instructions.

How To Make Homemade Chai Tea Lattes At Home

I considered making a concentrate that already contained tea, but after doing some research online, I decided against it because then the syrup wouldn’t last as long.

Instead, use these instructions to make a delicious chai tea latte at home:

  • Make a strong cup of black tea (use 2 tea bags, if necessary)
  • Use these instructions to make steamed milk in the microwave (or use your own steamer or milk frother)
  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the syrup (recipe below) to the hot tea
  • Add steamed milk and stir with a spoon

Chai Tea Concentrate makes a great gift. Make your own Chai Tea Lattes at home! Click through for recipe.

Other Uses For Chai Tea Concentrate

Besides making homemade chai tea lattes at home, here are some other uses for this syrup:

  • Make the most delicious whipped cream ever: Use this syrup instead of sugar to sweeten homemade whipped cream. Serve on top of pumpkin or apple pie.
  • Stir into your morning coffee along with some half-and-half
  • Make a chai-spiced café latte
  • Drizzle on top of vanilla ice cream
  • Use as a syrup on pancakes or apple oatcakes
  • Use as a cocktail mixer
  • Add a tablespoon or two to cake batter
  • Add a tablespoon or two to French toast or pancake batter
  • Drizzle on top of cinnamon ice cream

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Chai Tea Concentrate (Chai-Flavored Simple Syrup)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Feel free to increase the amount of spices you use. I like my chai tea extra spicy, so next time I'll probably double the amount listed below. But for a crowd-pleasing flavor, stick to the recipe below.


  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 knob of ginger, peeled
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons cardamom pods
  • 2 tablespoons dried cloves
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 2 nutmeg seeds


  1. To prepare the dried spices: You will want to muddle the dried spices. You can either use a mortar and pestle, or simply use the back of a large knife and give the spices a good whack. You don't need to grind the spices - just break them slightly so that the flavors are more easily released.
  2. To make syrup: Place water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Turn on the heat to medium, heat to a simmer, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add ginger and spices. Turn down heat to a low simmer and cook for 30 minutes or longer - until the syrup is infused and flavorful. Remove from heat and allow the syrup to cool.
  3. Before bottling, strain out any of the spice particles. Syrup will keep several months if refrigerated in an airtight container.

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