Spicy Chai Tea Concentrate
I love chai tea warming in winter and cooling in summer. I love a nice warm cup of chai when I feel a cold coming on, iced chai tea with almond milk or coconut milk, Chai ice cream made from coconut yoghurt, chai Kombucha with orange (also as kombucha gummies!) and chai latte jello. All are super easy to make with this chai tea concentrate.
Chai is traditionally served to help support the body’s healing process. It is no real surprise the ingredients are natural powerhouses such as cinnamon, pepper, ginger, gloves, cardamom together with the antioxidants in the tea. Served warm and sweet it is a delicious concoction of spicy, pungent, stress relieving and healing nutrients.
Caffeine Free Rooibos tea
Here is my take on Chai with a few extra ingredients from the original recipe. Firstly I have used Rooibos tea. Black tea is traditionally used in chai tea. I do not do well on caffeine and I love the amazing anti-oxidants and natural sweetness from the Rooibos tea. It also goes lovely with the almond milk I like to add. I have also added turmeric root, star anise, dried orange peel and vanilla as they pack extra immune-boosting punches to all the other ingredients.
The other main difference is that I use a cold brew process. I am aware that heating spices allows them to open up their healing properties (as based on ayurvedic tradition). However I love to preserve enzymes and so I like a cold brew- especially if I am going to be using this for cold drinks. I also find that leaving a cold brew overnight also get a more concentrated liquid which means I can use less to get more flavour- this results in my ‘cordial’ lasting longer! That is reason enough for me!
- 1 1/2 (about 5-6 cups) filtered water
- 8-9 tbs loose leaf rooibos tea (or 8-9 tea bags)
- 1 large cinnamon stick
- 1/2 vanilla pod
- 1tsp ground cardamon
- Knuckle size piece of ginger root sliced
- 1/2 knuckle size of turmeric root sliced
- 1-2 star anise (I use one as I am not a huge aniseed fan)
- 5-10 cloves (I use 5 as I am not a huge clove fan
- 1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg(freshly ground if possible)
- 5-10 peppercorns (the whole ones are nice I added 10 as I like the spiciness)
- 3-4 tbs of coconut sugar (this is a concentrate so the sugar adds to the nutrients- you can then sweeten your resulting drink to taste)
- Add all the ingredients together in a bowl, jar or jug.
- Cover and leave overnight
- Next morning strain through a nut bag or tea strainer as rooibos tea can sneak through a regular strainer.
- Store in a glass container in the fridge.
- When you want to make your drink (hot or cold) add a little to milk or water and heat or cool if necessary. Sweeten to taste. You will get use to how much you need to add to your taste but start with about 1tbs of concentrate to a cup of milk and adjust if necessary.
Some other delicious Chai Tea recipes;
Chai Spiced Molasses Custard from The Nourished Kitchen
Chai Coconut Ice-cream from The Nourished Kitchen
Antidote to stress; Chai Tea from Healthy Living How to
Chai Tea Concentrate from The Elliot Homestead
Stress relieving chai tea with adaptogenic herbs from 20 Something Allergies