These longer days and hotter nights make me definitively lazy, make me yearn for hydration and cool and refreshment to flood me like I’ve got a miracle IV for that sole purpose. The only solution is to eat cool, drink cool, and prep ahead for it all: Enter this magnificently spicy iced chai tea latte concentrate. With a quart of this in the fridge at all times, you just need a splash of your milk of choice to let the refreshment flow.
Even better, this concentrate is just the right balance of sweet and spicy, spiked with heavy doses of fresh ginger, cardamom, black pepper, clove, star anise, and cinnamon. The poetry these spices write in liquid cadence is perfect: Energizing without being overpowering, and delicious with any kind of tea you like. I made mine with black tea, but it would be just as zingy with a caffeine-free option like rooibos.

Welcome to the closest thing to an IV for liquid refreshment you’ll find this summer.

 

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 1/3 cup honey, maple syrup, or sweetener of choice
  • 16 pieces fresh ginger, 1 to 1 1/2” round by 1/8” thick
  • 14 whole cloves
  • 10 whole cardamom pods
  • 3 2-3” cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 5 black or rooibos teabags
  • 3 cups milk of choice (I like almond)

Directions

  1. Bring water and honey to a boil in a large stock pot. Add all spices and reduce heat to low. Simmer another 30 minutes, covered, then remove from flame and add teabags. Cover, and let steep at least 20 minutes, or as long as you like (I let mine steep at least an hour or two—you can steep as long as you like for added spice). Strain through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a carafe or jar, discard spices, seal, and refrigerate. Will last in the fridge for up to a month. Combine with milk of choice, hot or cold, in a 2 parts concentrate to 1 part milk ratio.

Nutritional Information

Calories
73
Total Fat
1g
Saturated Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
Sodium
71mg
Carbohydrates
16g
Dietary Fiber
0g
Sugars
15g
Protein
1g
YIELD:

7 eight-ounce chai tea lattes