Chai Tea Concentrate

Chai Tea Concentrate

Fall is coming – the slight chill in the air, changing leaves, & overcast days remind me of this.  I can hardly contain my excitement!  Pumpkin spice lattes, boots, warm sweaters, campfires, harvest festivals…the list goes on and on…

When I was younger, summer used to be my favorite season.  Especially living in the Midwest – those long, dreadful winters just got to be too much.  Not to mention the repetition of school every day.

When summer hit, I was a new person!!! Bring on anything outside, up at the lake, on the water, in the sun..you name it and I was on board (literally!).

Then I grew up and started working in the summers – I still took vacations here and there and enjoyed weekends at the lake at my parent’s lake home (“cottage” as we affectionally call it in WI) but it grew harder to find the time to enjoy it.  Fast forward to post-college life and it was pretty much impossible save a week a summer to really enjoy the season.

So I began to look forward to a new season…in life and in nature.  And I fell in love again – this time with the beautiful, crisp, radiant Fall.

Fall was a season that was still waiting for me at the end of a long work day where I didn’t feel like I had already “missed out” on the best part of the day.  I grew to look forward to those chilly evenings when we got home and my husband and I would start a campfire outside with the kiddos, or start a fire in the wood stove to warm up the house.  On the weekends, we would plan trips to parks to enjoy the scenery, hike, grab coffee & treats, and just let the kids run off some energy while we relaxed.

I made this Chai Tea concentrate to enjoy in those early mornings where I wake up and work my other job (the one that I fit in before the kids are up!).  It’s simple, great hot or cold, and quite tasty if I do say so myself.  A little taste of Fall!

Ingredients:

10-12 tea bags (I like Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea)

1 1/2 cups whole milk

4 cups cold water

Whipped Cream or French Vanilla Creamer for optional flavor/garnish

Recipe:

Bring tea bags, water, and milk to a boil over stovetop.

NOTE: Be sure to remove the paper tags from the tea bags (I forgot to do that and had soggy strips of paper melted into my concentrate the first time I made it!).

Turn down to medium and simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and add to a heat-safe container – I used a glass mason jar.

Let it cool until it’s room temperature before sealing with lid.  Store in refrigerator for up to a week.

When making your Chai Tea Latte:

I usually do a 1/3 milk and 2/3 chai tea concentrate ratio.  I also add French Vanilla Creamer to it – about a tablespoon.  I use the All Natural kind found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store – the kind that just uses cream, sugar, and milk….mmmm.  If heating, I will add a dollop of whipped cream on top.  If drinking cold, I will throw a couple ice cubes in there and add a dollop of vanilla ice cream.  Either way is scrumptious!!  Enjoy!